LEADERSHIP & COMMUNITY
Indie festivals like Next Stage and SummerWorks are key drivers of innovation in Toronto performance. Generator is working with them to include building leadership capacity and community discussion into their programming.
SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program (SLIP):
August 3-13, 2017
SummerWorks Intensive Leadership Program (S.L.I.P.), is a series of public events that explore how we can remove barriers and dismantle systems of oppression through artistic practice.
All SLIP discussions are FREE and will take place at Artscape Youngplace Studio 103 (180 Shaw Street, Toronto).
2017 SLIP Sessions:
CORE DIALOGUE: ARTS, ACCESS, AND AESTHETICS
Tuesday August 8, 10am-1pm
Facilitator Barak adé Soleil
Barak adé Soleil, Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability and disability arts scholar Eliza Chandler will co-facilitate a core dialogue and presentation on the ways in which cultural production and accessibility co-exist. What is disability aesthetics? And, how does our understanding of aesthetics expand when we consider how people access and relate to our work? **ASL Interpretation Provided
Presented in partnership by SummerWorks, Generator, and Tangled Art + Disability
(RE)CONCILIATION: A WORKSHOP ON INTEGRATING INDIGENEITY AND DECOLONIZING PERFORMANCE PRACTICE
Tuesday August 8, 2pm-5pm
Facilitators Cole Alvis and Jill Carter
The land acknowledgement perfunctorily performed by rote will not serve the fraught, complex project of reconciliation; indeed, it may, at the end of the day, render such an endeavor an exercise in futility. How do artists go beyond the learning of names, or geography, or historical fact to begin decolonizing their practice? How do we re-imagine our relationship with this land upon which we create? Cole Alvis (Métis) and Jill Carter (Anishinaabe-Ashkenazi) lead a workshop for artists on how we can more actively engage in (re)conciliation. **ASL Interpretation Provided
Presented in partnership by SummerWorks and Generator
THE CREATIVE CASE FOR RELAXED PERFORMANCE
Wednesday August 9, 10am-1pm
Facilitated by Access Activators
Relaxed Performance (RP) as a cultural practice helps to make theatre spaces more comfortable and welcoming to audience members with autism spectrum disorders, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. This workshop will explore how cultural producers, artists and arts organizations can more widely and independently integrate RP principles within their work and creative process. This workshop will be led by Access Activators, a Relaxed Performance pilot consulting project. **ASL Interpretation Provided
Presented in partnership by SummerWorks, Generator, Tangled Art + Disability, and the British Council
ANTI-OPPRESSION AND ANTI-RACISM WORKSHOP
Wednesday August 9, 2-5pm
Facilitator Rania El Mugammar
This workshop for artists explores the language, theories and practices of anti-oppression in depth. Institutional, community based and organizational strategies for building equity and unlearning oppression are central to the content and objectives of the workshop. Creative, technical and collaborative models for building equity and liberation will be explored. Group activities, case studies and discussion are critical tools to apply the learnings of this workshop. Participants will have access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their learning journey beyond the scope of the session. **ASL Interpretation Provided
Presented in Partnership by SummerWorks, Generator, and b current performing arts
Last year's SLIP Programming:
A curated event featuring artists, thinkers, makers, doers, activators, and leaders from Toronto and beyond. Following the fast-paced Pecha Kucha format, speakers have seven minutes each to give mini-presentations focusing on the question “How do you imagine arts and culture 20 years from now?”
FEATURING: Dr. Mary Fogarty, Alex Johnson, Jane Kirby, Andy Moro, Christine Quintana, Joseph Recinos, Katie Sly, Donna Michelle St. Bernard, and Joshua Vittivelu.
Monday August 8, 7:00pm
The Koffler Centre of the Arts
What are the future needs of artists and cultural leaders? We want to know what you think. Help us imagine where we take S.L.I.P. moving forward.
An open source community dialogue where YOU are at the heart of the conversation! Putting the communal voice at the centre, this conversation gives power to the people allowing everyone present to set the agenda. Come prepared with a brain full of ideas!
Saturday August 13, 4:00pm
Factory Theatre Studio
What can be better than great company and conversation, with food to unite us all?
Come celebrate with us at our communal meal that wraps up the Open Source S.L.I.P. event where creative minds gather over a communal feast! Best part: the food’s on us!
Saturday August 13, 6:00pm
Factory Theatre Studio
#URGENTEXCHANGE in partnership with The Toronto Fringe
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Previous Urgent Exchange Topics
WORK/WORK BALANCE: How can we balance the work we do to live with the work we do for love? (Fringe 2017)
MID-CAREER CRISIS: Can you get your mojo back? (Fringe 2017)
Panelists: David Yee, Elenna Mosoff, and Deanna Fleyser
WHITE GUY SHUFFLE: CHANGING HIRING PRACTICES IN CANADIAN THEATRE (NSTF 2017)
WHAT IS CRITICISM IN AN AGE WHERE ANYONE CAN BE A CRITIC? (NSTF 2017)
Panelists: Glenn Sumi, Michelle MacArthur, Carly Maga, S.Bear Bergman
THE FUTURE OF THE STOREFRONT MOVEMENT (2016)
Panelists: Claire Burns, Diana Bentley and Cole Alvis
THE MYTH OF A PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN THEATRE (2016)
Panelists: Marjorie Chan, Richard Rose and Nigel Shawn Williams
IS "EMERGING" A USEFUL LABEL? (2016)