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Trajectories in Access welcomes city, provincial, and federal government representatives; arts councils; and key leaders of the arts sector to join in on the discussion of best practice in access and inclusion.

This day will presents the evaluation findings of the British Council's Relaxed Performance pilot program, a keynote from Geetha Moorthy of South Asian Autism Awareness Centre, and presentations from Inside Out Theatre in Calgary, Conseil des Arts de Montréal and Creative Users Projects.

Each organization will showcase programming they have developed that highlights accessible and inclusive experiences.

Keynote Speaker
Geetha Moorthy
Founder and Executive Director of South Asian Autism Awareness Centre

Keynote and Q&A
In the last decade, the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre has gone from supporting two families, a handful of volunteers and minimal programs to an essential resource for more than 150 families. A growing list of arts programs and services, along with successful initiatives to create awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the South Asian community, are a testament to the power of great ideas guided by community compassion and involvement. Geetha Moorthy, the Founder and Executive Director of South Asian Autism Awareness Centre, addresses the barriers, stigmas and challenges they have faced, and how the arts have played an integral role in promoting access and inclusion for members, families and the community at large.

With Geetha Moorthy.

Presentation 1: Relaxed Performance Pilot and Research
Relaxed Performance (RP) is an approach to theatre that welcomes difference and works to make theatregoing 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.

With Carla Rice, Andrea LaMarre and Kayla Besse.

Presentation 2: Good Host Programme
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 connections in offering accessible and inclusive performances. We 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.

With Col Cseke and Ashley King.

Presentation 3: DémART-Mtl program
Discover the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s démART-Mtl program, initiated in 2012. This iniative 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. The program also gives artists exposure and practical experience in how the Montréal arts community operates, and allows them to dedicate themselves to making art while participating actively in the development of the host organizations.

With Julien Valmary and Moridja Kitenge.

Presentation 4: 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.

With Lindsay Fisher.

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Trajectories in Access Overview


This panel is now full. Tickets for Crip Shorts and Brownton Abbey are still available for purchase.


Thursday, January 24
9:30am – 5:00pm
Brigantine Room
235 Queens Quay West


Doors open, coffee break

Elder’s Welcome with Mona Stonefish (Bear Clan) and welcome remarks

Keynote and Q&A

Presentation 1: Relaxed Performance Pilot and Research


Presentation 2: Good Host Programme

Presentation 3: DémART-Mtl program

Coffee break

Presentation 4: Accessing the Arts Initiative

Elder’s Closing with Mona Stonefish (Bear Clan)

Reception at Tangled Art Gallery

Presented by
British Council

Generously supported by
Canada Council for the Arts

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