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Disability Artivism Across the "Flyover Provinces" A Celebration of Disability Art and Activism on the Praires

Thu., Nov. 28, 2019 9:00 a.m. - Thu., Nov. 28, 2019 3:15 p.m.

Location: Crush Space next to ShuBox Theatre, University of Regina, Riddell Centre

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Crush Space (next to ShuBox Theatre), University of Regina, Riddell Centre

9:00 am to 3:30pm

Free and open to all but register in advance to confirm catering. Eventbrite:

See Schedule at bottom of page.

Disability Artivism Across the “Flyover Provinces” is an opportunity to name prairie-based contributions to the global disability arts movement. From within the walls of institutions to center stage, disabled people have always made art. However, the past 50 years have been a time of growing momentum for disability art and culture in Canada, as demonstrated by the Canada Council’s recent attention to crip aesthetics. We are witnessing a quiet politicization of disability art across the prairies, where disabled artists are building artivist (art + activist) communities through gestures of interdependence, crip aesthetics, and disability justice. These communities create diverse, multiple representations of disability that include traditional ways of knowing and art connected to treaty lands. Recognizing this work pushes the boundaries of disability representation in vitally important ways.

Sponsors: U of R University Conference Fund, Big Sky Centre for Learning and Being Astonished! Inc., Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance (MAP), Faculty of Social Work, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Listen to ‘Dis; George Reed Foundation (among others).

The VOICE Lab is a Mitacs Funded research lab investigating the creative and political use of voice in the disability community. It is shared by the Faculties of MAP, Social Work and by Astonished! Dr. Chelsea Jones is the Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow in the VOICE Lab.


9:00 - 9:30 - Doors open/coffee/light refreshments

9:30 - 9:45 - Land Acknowledgement, Opening Prayer (Lorna Standingready), Opening Remarks and Access Statement

9:45 - 10:30 - Keynote Address: Kirsty Johnston

10:30 - 10:45 - Access Break

10:45 - 11:45 - Panel: We Create Here Too: Disability, Deaf, and Crip Arts on the Prairies

11:45 - 1:15 - Lunch and Showcase: Astonished! Artists Showcase VOICE Lab work

1:15 - 2:00 - Jam Session

2:00 - 2:15 - Access Break

2:15 - 3:00 - Snack and Talk Back: Cripping the Arts/ What’s new? What’s next? Hearing from the Arts Institutions

3:00 - 3:15 - Concluding remarks

Additional events:

7:30 pm (Shubox Theatre) - Natasha Urkow’s MFA Graduating Project: “Seatbelt” - a dramatic cautionary tale written from the true life journey of a young woman who sustains a spinal cord injury from a violent car crash.

Ongoing - CTCH 310 Students’ Inflatable Pop-up Display throughout campus

Ongoing - Creative Technologies Open House

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