Inequality Through the Arts Workshops
Dealing with inequality, you either laugh or you cry. Or both.
Join us for an interactive day-long event focused on healing through the arts. Dr. Lucas Crawford will start the day with a talk exploring how inequality shapes and permeates artists and art. Then, you’ll have a chance to join:
Blind Tiger comedy training workshop,
A creative writing workshop with Dr. Lucas Crawford,
Or an expressive arts therapy workshop from
Jotika Chaudhary Samant
Afterwards, we’ll come back together with the broad public for a night of comedy from Blind Tiger. Register for that here.
Giving & Taking Space with Blind Tiger Comedy
Improv comedy is spontaneous theatre created on the spot. In this participatory workshop, we
will explore how the fundamental ideas of improvisation focus on deep listening, radical support, and making your partner look good.
It is often the perception that in order to do improv, you need to be quick, loud, and take up lots of space. However, it is actually a balance of awareness of what the group needs that makes a great improviser.
How can we learn to give and take space in an ensemble setting? How do we centre voices and experiences that are sometimes at the margins? How can we be aware of power dynamics on stage, and rewrite the stories we no longer want to tell? We believe that by being aware of the space we inhabit, we can more meaningfully connect with one another, and create a collaborative space that reflects a more equitable world.
Your instructors: Ese Atawo, Ronald Dario, Aaron Read, Amy Shostak
Creative Writing with Lucas Crawford
Lucas Crawford is a poet and professor who writes about transgender, fatness, mental health, architecture, and queerness. Lucas is the author of four books, most recently Belated Bris of the Brainsick (Nightwood Editions 2019), a poetry collection about Jewishness, the maritimes, and mental illness. Lucas is from rural Nova Scotia and currently lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on the unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik people.
Expressive Arts Therapy with Jotika Chaudhary Samant
Jotika is a Queer, Femme of Colour, an interdisciplinary artist, a community organizer and an Expressive Arts Therapist. Exploring and naming power dynamics is an important part of Jotika’s work and values.
Expressive Arts is a beautiful way to explore a person’s internal world and can lead to discussion and critique of how experiencing oppression has impacted their lives. The arts are a powerful tool for healing; they can connect us back with our senses and help reform connections that have been disrupted from difficult life experiences and traumas.
As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. We will, however, do our best to accommodate everyone.
312 Main is located at the corner of Main and Cordova. Please enter from the Cordova Street entrance. There will be volunteers to greet you at the door. Our event will take place on the third floor.
312 Main can be reached via the R5, 4, 7, 22, 19, 14, and 16 bus routes.
312 Main does not have on-site parking, but there is metered parking in the neighbourhood and there are covered parking garages on 306 Cordova Street, 144 Cordova Street and 437 East Hasting.
312 Main is a wheelchair accessible venue.
There are wheelchair accessible, gender neutral washrooms with individual stalls.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-9442. To book childminding or any language interpretation/activation please email us by March 25.
We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.
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