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重新想象残疾人社区如何接触艺术

瑞秋纪念文化日

2021年6月29日

回复:生成:创造性弹性之旅

马洛里宝石

2021年9月20日

马萨诸塞州温尼伯市艺术博物馆

文化日

2021年9月16日

As a Relaxed Performance Consultant, I help arts organizations to welcome members of the Disability Community to performances and spaces. And yes, a lot of the organizations I consult for are larger companies whose donors may have deeper pockets, but the people I work with aren\u2019t just ticking boxes - they want to make a real change in the arts scene in Canada. They want to re-imagine how to invite the Disability Community to participate in their work. \n\nI am often approached by smaller companies or individual artists asking how to make their work more inclusive, and honestly, small steps can be taken to begin that process. Steps that don\u2019t cost a lot, if anything at all. Erin told me that the Kingston Arts Council is \u201c\u2026making an effort to describe their photos (on social media)\u201d and, she shares, people are describing themselves in meetings. I agree. I\u2019ve noticed this myself over the last year. Prior to COVID the only meetings I attended where people gave visual descriptions of themselves (for members of the Blind and Low Vision communities) were those that were disability led. Now, it\u2019s more common\u2014at least in the arts. Emily Maxwell, Founder & Co-Director of Toronto\u2019s [The Disability Collective](https:\/\/www.thedisabilitycollective.com\/), echoes these thoughts. \u201cIt can sound like a lot and daunting, but small steps can be made until it becomes natural\u201d.\n\nIt\u2019s true, and something I always tell the people I work with. Start small, do what you can, but at the same time be honest with your community about what you are able to offer as well as what you aren\u2019t. So if you can keep the house lights at 30% and lower sound cues to 90 decibels, but can\u2019t afford an ASL\/LSQ interpreter or Audio Description, tell your audiences. Manage their expectations so that they know exactly what they can access and what they can\u2019t. Give them all the information they need prior to purchasing a ticket so that they can fully engage and participate, or know that your limitations won\u2019t allow that at this time.\n\n![](assets\/National\/blog\/reimagine-how-disability-community-accesses-arts\/f18a463c-2ef7-4e82-91ed-b29c8efcb091-original-min_ie6858.jpg)\nImage Description: Emily and Nathan are standing in a green field surrounded by grass and trees. They are leaning forward against a chain link fence and looking over the fence towards the left of the photo. Emily, a young white woman with red hair and blue eyes, is standing on the left of the photo with her arms on top of the fence. Nathan, a young white man with brown hair and blue eyes, is standing on the right of the photo with his left arm on top of the fence. They are both wearing blue denim jackets. Both have thoughtful expressions on their faces.\n\nDoes inclusion and accessibility stop at front of house? It shouldn\u2019t. What are we doing to \u201cshowcase human beings in all of their diverse beauty\u201d\u2014 a gorgeous thought by Nathan Sartore, Co-Director of The Disability Collective, a new company out of Toronto that promotes and showcases art by Disabled Artists. Art should \u201clook like what people look like\u201d, Nathan expands. \u201cAnd real people backstage too,\u201d Emily adds. Yes! As a former Stage Manager with on-again off-again mobility issues, I completely agree. How often have I arrived at a venue to find the booth inaccessible? More times than I\u2019d like to admit. And what about stage steps? How do artists who use mobility devices access a stage that doesn\u2019t have an elevator or ramp? Laura Cusack, Founder and Executive Director of the [Hummingbird Hub](https:\/\/www.hummingbirdhub.org\/) in downtown, historical Stouffville, found a way. \u201cCulture is the heart of a community. To get a community to bond, and make an impact as we grow we need to focus on the cultural arts\u201d. And that focus is brought about by their Accessible Open Mic Night. Most open mics, as we know, take place in pubs and bars that usually have stairs or aren\u2019t very inclusive. So how did a community centre in a century-old building become the centre for inclusivity in Stouffville? By engaging with their audience and community\u2014a thought echoed by each of the people I spoke with.\n\n> Ask your community what they need in order to participate. Engage in dialogue with the Disability Community and listen, without preconceived ideas, but with an open heart and mind, and a desire to breakdown barriers and include everyone. \n\n[Cassie-Hope Aubin](https:\/\/www.cassiehopeaubin.com\/), Deaf Theatre Artist, shares \u201cWe see diversity happening, which is amazing, but disability is often excluded or the at the bottom of the list.\u201d As a musical theatre performer Cassie-Hope has \u201cbeen in shows that weren\u2019t accessible, so I wouldn\u2019t have even been able to see my own show.\u201d\n\n![](assets\/National\/blog\/reimagine-how-disability-community-accesses-arts\/page-3-image-3_fvRC7l.png)\nImage Description: Taylor, a singer-songwriter in a wheelchair, wears a white t-shirt and performs at the Hummingbird Hub\u2019s Accessible Open Mic Night. A microphone on a black stand is in front of Taylor. His father, Mike, is on the right of the photo holding a guitar and wearing a green and white baseball-style shirt. A green and gold sign with \u201cHummingbird Hub\u201d and the web address is on a white wall behind them.\n\nIt\u2019s time for a change. Time to reimagine how we present, access, and create art. It\u2019s time to relax not only performances, but also processes. Reach out to the d\/Deaf and Disability communities, ask what they need to be included both onstage and off, engage disabled creatives, bring their voices to the stage and share their stories in open and honest ways. This is an exciting time of reflection. We are being allowed time to think about how we want to move forward\u2014and it\u2019s time to include every voice in that discussion.\n\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a [special blog series](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/re-imagine-series) featuring writers and creatives from across Canada (and beyond!) with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2021 theme, RE:IMAGINE. Explore more stories below.**\n- [The Road Less Travelled: Three artists reimagine success and career](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/the-road-less-travelled) by Linh S. Nguy\u1ec5n\n- [Arts in Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/arts-in-motion) by Aaron Rothermund\n- [Reimagining Public Spaces: The Share-It-Square in Portland, Oregon](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-public-spaces) by Laura Puttkamer\n- [Refresh: How a Year on Instagram Redefined Artistic Communities](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/refresh-artistic-communities-on-instagram) by Eva Morrison\n- [RE:PURPOSE](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/repurpose) by Mike Green\n- [Recalibrating: A Look at Opera InReach](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/recalibrating-opera-inreach) by Anya Wassenberg\n- [Reimagining Community and the Workplace of Theatre](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-theatre) by Nat\u00e9rcia Napole\u00e3o\n- [Helm Studios flips the for-profit music model to empower artists](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-helm-studios) by Aly Laube\n- [Curating _INUA_, Canada\u2019s newest Inuit art exhibit](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/curating-inua) by Carolyn B. Heller\n- [When Less is More: What Theatre Can Learn From a Year in Slow Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/when-less-is-more) by Megan Hunt\n- [RE:ORCHESTRATING Our Future: Advancing Sustainable Development Through The Arts](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reorchestrating-our-future) by Ryan Elliot Drew\n- [RE:DEFINING Normal: A Prescription for a Canadian Cultural Landscape in Recovery](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/redefining-normal) by Valerie Sing Turner","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2021-06-29 10:39:13","first_published_at":"2021-06-23 11:06:32","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2021-06-21 13:19:19","updated_at":"2021-09-19 13:13:20","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":"2021-09-19 13:13:20","is_featured":true,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

重新想象残疾人社区如何接触艺术

瑞秋纪念文化日

2021年6月29日

Maybe we need interventions. Maybe we need something to give us a moment to take a step to the side. Not a step back, just a step to the side. And just take a moment to pause and realign, and recalibrate, and redefine what matters.\n\n![Artist Kat Singer.](assets\/National\/blog\/a-step-to-the-side\/singer.jpg){.small}\nMultimedia artist, maker, activist and educator Kat Singer, who will be guiding attendees through the collaborative creation of sculptures from reclaimed materials, has found personal healing in similar work. \"My work helps me process whatever I am going through at the moment,\" explains Kat. \"As I build a figure, stitch by stitch, I contemplate the meanings behind my struggles, and honour my story. When a sculpture is complete, I often feel relieved, since I have a much better understanding of what I am dealing with.\" The sculptures Kat will be making with visitors at CD@L will take the form of trees, which, they explain, represent ideas of growth, resilience and adaptability \u2013 key components of wellness.\n\n![Textile sculpture. Photo courtesy of Kat Singer.](assets\/National\/blog\/a-step-to-the-side\/singer-textile-sculpture-detail.jpg)\n\nJaene F. Castrillon, whose work combines art and activism with spirituality, also has a personal story of finding improved well-being through art. \"My entire practice came into being in 2013 after bouts of chronic illness and pain rendered me disabled,\" Jaene explains. \"My art has become an adventure that celebrates the brilliance and heartbreak of living a life less ordinary \u2013 creating an alternative to harmful notions around wellness, illness and worthiness, honouring art as medicine by taking up space and digging into myself.\"\n\nAt CD@L, Jaene will offer a dreamcatcher workshop, where Indigenous elders will share their knowledge on the significance of the dreamcatcher while participants create their own. \"It is said by some that they let our good dreams through and diffuse our bad dreams so they don't return. A good night's sleep is [an] integral part of wellness,\" she explains. \n\n![Artist Jaene F. Castrillon, _A Celebration of Darkness_. Photo courtesy of Jaene F. Castrillon.](assets\/National\/blog\/a-step-to-the-side\/castrillion-a-celebration-of-darkness.png)\n\nWhile Jaene, Kat and Kanika are multidisciplinary artists with diverse approaches to their respective crafts, all agree on the fundamental nourishing essence of creativity. \"Creativity ought to be recognized for its crucial role in a healthy lifestyle, and given the time and space it deserves,\" says Kat. \"[Art] has been a source of joy and healing for me. When I share my art with others, I invite them to nourish what is already inside them: resilience, beauty, and joy.\"\n\nAnd what better place to undertake these activities of creativity and connection than the library, which, for Jaene, represented a childhood sanctuary against hardship and abuse: \"I feel that I survived my very bleak childhood because I could borrow books by authors like Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe. [\u2026] Libraries have been intrinsic to my survival and upbringing.\"\n\nKanika, who tries to reduce barriers in her artistic practice, values the library as a space of accessibility. \"In theory, it doesn't discriminate, [if] you're a newcomer to the city, you have special needs, whatever it may be. [\u2026] It's a public space that's welcoming to everyone, that fosters knowledge and growth.\"\n\nWith six artist-led programs taking place, there are ample opportunities for knowledge and growth, and to explore what Kanika calls \"the natural human urge\" of creativity. \n\n>So many people stop themselves, like, 'oh, I can't make art, I'm not good,' or whatever stories or inhibitions they have. That's why I'm excited to do a program like this for Culture Days, because it's really for everyone. And it doesn't matter if you think you're good or bad. What matters is if you're interested, you're curious, you wanna be creative, you wanna explore yourself, and you just wanna try something new.\n>> \u2013 Kanika Gupta\n \nOn September 27 and 28, try something new with Culture Days @ the Toronto Public Library.\n\n\n**Culture Days @ the Library is an initiative of Ontario Culture Days, curated by Meaghan Froh Metcalf, Outreach & Programs Manager, for it's ninth iteration in 2019.**\n\n**This Ontario Culture Days program is produced in partnership with [Toronto Public Library](https:\/\/www.torontopubliclibrary.ca\/). Ontario's @ the Library programming is made possible thanks to the support of the [Ontario Library Association](http:\/\/www.accessola.org\/web).**","content_fr":"","should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2019-07-17 12:00:00","first_published_at":null,"deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2019-07-10 11:25:39","updated_at":"2019-10-04 18:02:59","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

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泰勒·巴索

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