Disability Justice Arts learning collective

People who experience disability, ongoing health conditions and/or marginalization are invited to be part of a creative online learning collective.

We’ll be gathering twice a month starting in March or April 2020, by Zoom or Skype, and wrapping up in early 2021. The group is being initiated by members of the InterdepenDance Collective.

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.

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

People who like being creative (including all types of artists) are invited to be involved. During each session we plan to listen/ read one or two 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 are interested in embodied and creative ways of absorbing information, learning and reflecting.

To join an email list for the learning collective: either fill in this form that has a poll to figure out the timing for sessions (and check boxes about which formats for resources work for you), or be in touch by email or phone.

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. (For example, there are some members in Victoria in Lekwungen homelands who prefer to meet in person, possibly at the downtown library, and some members who prefer to join in from home.)