Disability Justice Arts learning collective

This online learning collective will start in Spring 2020. The group brings together creative people who experience disability, chronic health conditions and barriers in the arts. We are interested in embodied and creative ways of absorbing information, learning and reflecting.

We’ll be gathering online once a month starting on April 19th at 3:30pm, and wrap up in early 2021. We will meet using the Zoom platform, which has options for either joining online by video and audio, or by phone.

We plan to collectively read, share and improvise responses to issues of Disability Justice and decolonization, starting with Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice (audio/ print/ braille) by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and resources created by Indigenous artists. The Centre for Equitable Library Access has Care Work available in Braille, electronic braille and DAISY audio.

People who: 1) like being creative (including all types of artists), and 2) self-identify as having lived experience of disability, ongoing health conditions or experiencing barriers in the arts, are invited to be part of the collective.

To get involved:

To join an email list for the collective and receive the Zoom link: be in touch by email or phone.

More details:

During each session we plan to listen/ read a couple chapters of Care Work, and each person can choose their own form of improvising – it could be movement, visual art, craft, writing, media art, meditation, housework or something else.

We’ll be sharing leadership and rotating the facilitator role among the learning collective.

Towards the end of 2020, there will be an opportunity to participate in two online workshops on Disability Justice: with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and with Patty Berne of Sins Invalid!

The group will gather online. People who live in the same area could choose to gather in person and then link with everyone else online.

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.