Laying the Foundation: Anti-Oppression for Arts Organizations & Artists in Kingston

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
The Spire, 82 Sydenham Street
Kingston Arts Council

The Kingston Arts Council (KAC) is excited to launch a new initiative titled the Arts & Equity Project that explores intersectionality, diversity and inclusion to advance equity in the arts in Kingston. The Project aims to introduce artists and arts organizations in Kingston to fundamental equity concepts, tools and frameworks and provide peer-to-peer learning opportunities and new connections. The Project includes three professional development workshops (February – April 2018), a community skill-sharing dinner (Fall 2018), and the creation of an Arts & Equity Toolkit (Spring 2019).

The workshops mark the first phase of the Project and are designed for Kingston-based artists and arts organizations to gain greater awareness of equity-related issues and insight on how to improve equity through their work and practice. Participants will also learn about the experience of artists and community groups who are working to reduce barriers to community participation and collaboration and increase access to resources that help expand arts engagement initiatives. The workshops were developed by Kayley Marsh and Yasmine Djerbal (link to bios) in collaboration with the KAC. 

Workshop #1 
Laying the Foundation: Anti-Oppression for Arts Organizations & Artists in Kingston 
Thursday, 22 February 2018, 10 am – 1 pm 
The Spire, 82 Sydenham St

The first workshop in this series will focus on defining foundational terms and concepts of anti-oppression. This workshop is pleased to welcome guest artist facilitator, Randy Johnston, founder of Theatre with a Meal (TwaM).

TwaM is a veritable soup kitchen dinner theatre designed to bring theatre to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in theatre either through acting and participating as audience members. Furthermore, TwaM offers a platform for those same people to share their stories, life views and comedy via theatrical expression. Currently TwaM is engaged in creating an outreach program on a 184 acre farm in Westport Ontario offering a two week live in theatre program as well as a variety of farming and other engaging programs designed to further empower people.

Registration available at this link

Available by request: ASL interpretation / childminding / transportation support.

The Arts & Equity Project is supported by an Ontario Arts Council Arts Service Project Grant and through collaborative partnerships with the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing ArtsKingston Immigration Partnership, and H’art Centre.