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The Art of Inclusion: Accessibility, Disability and the Arts

The Art of Inclusion: Accessibility, Disability and the Arts

On Tuesday, June 23rd from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Peterborough Public Library, the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) presents “The Art of Inclusion” another in its series of Cultural Incubators that explore important issues in the local Arts, Culture and Heritage sector.  Join EC3 for lunch with artists, directors, writers, arts managers, programmers and disability advocates!  This event will provide new ideas and perspectives on creating and implementing programming, marketing and communications tools and spaces that serve people with special needs.  Breaking down barriers and providing new opportunities for persons with disabilities while building new audiences are key topics for this event.

“The Art of Inclusion” brings together a wide range of dynamic people working around the issues of disability, culture, accessibility and inclusion.  The program will include performance, video work, a panel discussion moderated by Caitlyn Costello (Peterborough Council for Persons with Disabilities) and small group roundtable sessions.  Panel Discussion Guest Speakers include: Em Glasspool: (Artistic Director Mysterious Entity Theatre, Peterborough), Jes Sachse: (Trent Graduate, Visual/media artist and writer, Toronto), Eliza Chandler: (Artistic Director, TANGLED Art and Disability, Toronto), Cara Eastcott: (TANGLED On Tour Coordinator, Toronto)
These speakers bring a rich range of perspectives on the arts and issues of inclusion from questions around physical disabilities to mental health and gender identification.  As artists, activists, advocates, programmers, arts administrators and people who identify as living with disabilities, these folks have a wealth of knowledge, information and experience to share.  The "Art of Inclusion" will explore the issues, challenges, opportunities and possibilities that arts organizations, heritage groups and individual artists and cultural professionals need to know about.  From practical planning for physical accessibility to complex questions around curatorial practices, audiences and participant inclusion, this EC3 Cultural Incubator aims to start a conversation and build connections between communities.
If you work in the arts cultural and heritage sector, the disability community or are interested in questions about the construction of “disability culture”, want to broaden your understanding of how programming can be developed to be more inclusive, think about terminology, physical accessibility, target audiences, adapting marketing and communications tools and vehicles, then this lunchtime event is a must for you.
For Further Details:
The library auditorium is accessible via a ramp to the side door and an elevator to the lower level.

If you require additional access or other accommodation, please call or email EC3at 705.768.0797/