Arts Inclusion Media release

PSA: Announcing skills exchange sessions for artists facing barriers in our performing arts scene

The team behind the Eastern Front Theatre Accessibility Project wants to speak with artists who have faced barriers in the Nova Scotia performing arts scene because of who they are.  

On June 4th, 9th & 10th we will host free Skills Exchange sessions led by local underrepresented artists, followed by Community Capture sessions to start the conversation about what roadblocks to access exists and to imagine how we can move forward together as a collective of artists.  

All sessions will be held over Zoom, with ASL Interpretation and CART provided.

We recognize that this industry has an ideal artist in mind and those who match this image face a different path to inclusion than those inside the norm. Examples of underrepresented artists we are hoping to connect with and learn from are 2SLGBTQIA+, IBPoC, newcomers to Canada, those with visible and invisible disabilities, neurodivergent, Deaf or hard of hearing, blind or partially sighted, Mad artists or artists whose gender sits outside the binary, who work and live in Nova Scotia. We also hope to hear from underrepresented artists who live rurally as we realize that most conversations center the Halifax experience.

Our team of Community Consultants is made up of underrepresented artists including Nat Chantel, Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis, Carmen Lee, Raymond Sewell, Kirsten Olivia Taylor, Maeghan Taverner and is led by April Hubbard.

Session Schedule;

June 4th from 2 to 3:15pm

Writing about your Practice and Projects: a session on preparing applications and grant writing

led by Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis

For many artists, the challenge of talking about our work and articulating our ideas is real. For IBPOC, Deaf, Disabled, and newcomers, the experience can be even more challenging. Figuring out our artistic goals and articulating our artistic endeavours is big work! Being able to do so is critical to our ability to sustain ourselves and our practices. 

June 9th from 6 to 7:15pm

Dealing with Overwhelm session led by Kirsten Olivia Taylor 

In this session participants will explore ways to identify what is truly overwhelming them and discuss ways to alleviate the stress.\

June 10th from 2:30 to 3:45pm

Encoding Community Narratives in our Art session led by Raymond Sewell

This session will introduce participants to an l’nu creative process. We will learn and discuss issues around content creation as it pertains to storytelling methodology. This session is for those interested in art and world-view.

To register visit www.tickethalifax.comQuestions can be sent to aprilruthhubbard@gmail.com

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