Day 1: Trajectories in Access
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Trajectories in Access welcomed city, provincial, and federal government representatives and arts councils, as well as key leaders of the arts sector to join in the discussion of best practice in access and inclusion. This day presented the evaluation findings of the British Council in Canada’s Relaxed Performance pilot program, a keynote from Geetha Moorthy, Founder and Executive Director of SAAAC Autism Centre, and presentations from Inside Out Theatre in Calgary, Conseil des Arts de Montréal, and Creative Users Projects. Each organization showcased programming it has developed that highlights accessible and inclusive experiences.
Archive: Live Streaming Day 1
0:07:27 - Welcome
0:08:19 - Elder’s Welcome with Mona Stonefish (Bear Clan)
0:29:51 - Keynote and Q&A with Geetha Moorthy
1:17:07 - Relaxed Performance Pilot and Research
3:35:04 - Good Host Program
4:40:47 - DémART-Mtl Program
6:00:57 - Accessing the Arts Initiative
6:43:15 - Elder’s Closing with Mona Stonefish (Bear Clan)
Note: This video features open captioning on a large screen beside the speakers. These videos are not captioned nor are they ASL interpreted.
Keynote: Geetha Moorthy
Relaxed Performance: Pilot and Research
Relaxed Performance (RP) is an approach to theatre that welcomes difference and works to make theatre-going accessible. Over the past several years, the British Council in Canada has been working to build capacity in the Canadian theatre sector around delivering RPs through providing trainings in cities across the country. In this presentation, we explore the potential of RP training to prepare trainees to deliver impactful, accessible theatre programming. We highlight the results of a multi-modal program evaluation, which included an environmental scan of the RP landscape in Canada, interviews with RP trainees, and audience feedback. There will be a Q&A following the presentation.
Kayla Besse, MA, is the Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator at the Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice in Guelph, Ontario. Her research explores literary and (pop-)cultural representations of disability, privileging the work of disabled
people in order to consider reclamations of power through life writing, feminist theory, and advocacy.
Good Host Program
Members of Inside Out Theatre’s Good Host Program discuss how the program has created a central hub in Calgary for resources, expertise, and community connection in offering accessible and inclusive performances. This year, the Good Host is coordinating 50+ events, including ASL Interpretation, Relaxed Performances, and Audio Description. Col and Ashley will explore The Good Host’s genesis, the program’s intersections with disability identified performance, and a renewed commitment to instilling financial accessibility and social inclusion as core values driving the program into the future. There will be a Q&A following the presentation.
Discover the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s démART-Mtl program, initiated in 2012. It allows Montréal arts organizations to offer paid internships to artists or arts workers from culturally diverse backgrounds or who are newly arrived or first-generation immigrants. It gives artists exposure and practical experience in how the Montréal arts community operates, and it allows them to dedicate themselves to making art while participating actively in the development of the host organizations. This wonderfully successful program has also led to permanent positions in the host organization for many interns. There will be a Q&A following the presentation.
Accessing the Arts Initiative
Creative Users Projects (CUP) will host a workshop and talk about the Accessing the Arts Initiative, which aims to enhance the artistic experience of disability artists and increase the discoverability of accessible arts in Canada. CUP’s goal is to encourage the participation and engagement of Canadians with the disability and accessibility arts sector by making sure that information reaches across the wider arts. There will be a Q&A following the presentation.