Creative Users Presents: CRIP INTERIORS: MIXER
Creative Users is launching their 3rd edition of Crip Interiors titled MIXER, curated by award-winning artists Syrus Marcus Ware and Barak adé Soleil and hosted this year by Tangled Art + Disability at Tangled Art Gallery in 401 Richmond Street West building, Suite 122. 
Crip Interiors is a provocative demonstration of disability art and activism that brings together distinct creative perspectives and mediums into a shared space. The work presented in Crip Interiors exposes that which is often hidden, revealing the daily labour, creativity, and love that goes into negotiating public and private spaces often built and organized without disabled bodies in mind. 
Collaboration, process and explorations of disability justice will be central to the collective work of MIXER. In July, a core of disability-identified artists from Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities will participate in a 5-week open studio period designed and co-facilitated by Syrus Marcus Ware and Barak adé Soleil. The artists will engage in an immersive creation process and develop new collaborative installation work that will be exhibited for three days, August 10th-12th.Exploring the intimacy of collaborative process, the artists of colour within the Deaf, Mad, disability communities, and of varied disciplines will creatively engage with each other in ways that are experimental and expansive. MIXER is about deepening community, discovering new ways of working together, experiencing multi-layered artistry and affirming intersectional identities. Public programming will include artist dialogs, open studio moments and showing of the artists’ communal process through a three-day exhibition.
Public Program at Tangled Art Gallery:

Tuesday – Friday, July 25 – 28: Gallery open for public studio viewing 11am – 5pm (ASL upon request. Artists may not be present)

Saturday, August 5, 2-4pm: Public open studio dialog with Artists

Thursday, August 10, 6 – 8pmOpening of exhibit 

Friday, August 11, 11am-5pm: Gallery open

Saturday, August 12, 2-4pm: Closing of exhibit and public open studio dialog with Artists

Aligned with the creative process of MIXER, there will be a unique archiving process and publication produced for the project. MIXER’s generative process will be drawing upon Open Space Technology and Participatory Design. Multimedia artist Stephen Surlin will be co-designing an audio archiving with the core artists and co-Curators that will be exhibited alongside the installation. Informed by the archiving, a catalog will be developed by Sean Lee, Tangled Art + Disability 2017 curatorial artist-in-residence, in association with Tangled Art + Disability and Bodies In Translation. 
Access Information:

This event is in a barrier-free location. Audio description will be available for the exhibit. We will have ASL interpreters and attendant care present during public engagements. Service animals are welcome. We request that you help us to make this a scent-free environment. Closest accessible subway station is Osgoode Station. The closest accessible streetcar stop is the 510 Spadina Queen Street West Stop. 

For more specifics on accommodations, requests or questions around access, please email projectcreativeusers@gmail.com.
About Creative Users:

Creative Users is a disability-led artist platform that explores the intersection of art and design practices, accessibility, and disability. Creative Users is a shapeshifter, cultural connector and sector builder of disability arts and accessible curatorial practice. Our work stems from a desire to activate art and make visible an inclusive arts culture.  

 

For further information about Creative Users please visit their website at www.creativeusers.net.

 

About Curators:

Barak adé Soleil has been part of the international contemporary arts scene for 25 years. Currently Barak is the Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability and making performance work focused on the intersection and intertwining legacies of race and disability.

 

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, a visual artist, community activist, researcher, youth-advocate, educator, and core-team member of Black Lives Matter Toronto. As a visual artist, Syrus works within the mediums of painting, installation and performance to challenge systemic oppression. Syrus’ work explores the spaces between and around identities; acting as provocations to our understandings of gender, sexuality and race.

 

About Tangled Art + Disability:

Tangled Art + Disability is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing disability arts in Canada by supporting Mad, Deaf and disability creative practices, engaging public programming and exhibitions. In April of this 2016, Tangled opened Toronto’s first art gallery dedicated to showcasing disability art and advancing accessible curatorial practices.Tangled is changing the ways people experience art.www.tangledarts.org
Creative Users Crip Interiors: MIXER is made possible with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, in partnership with Tangled Art +Disability, and in association with Bodies in Translation.
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In the 1997 Eldridge v. British Columbia case, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down the decision that, quote:

“Failure to provide sign language interpreters – who are, in fact, necessary for effective communication for the procurement of medical services – is a violation of equality rights under section 15(1) of the Charter…”

In that case the ruling further outlined that:

“…any health care service, facility, or good that receives federal funding, whether directly or indirectly, must provide accessibility to those services, facilities, and goods for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or otherwise disabled or handicapped.”

Toronto Accessibility Plan Update – Public Consultation Opportunities

The City of Toronto is updating its Multi-year Accessibility Plan and wants input from the public. The City would like to learn more about the source of barriers faced by people with disabilities, and what we could do differently to reduce the impact of that barrier. All feedback, from people with disabilities, disability advocates and the general public, is welcome.

Individuals can participate by attending one of the following public consultation sessions at Civic Centres across the city (registration is required) or by completing the online survey at http://bit.ly/2r9mjoW. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and will be open until 5 p.m. on June 30, 2017.

 

Public consultations – City of Toronto Multi-year Accessibility Plan

 

Each consultation will include:

  • an overview of the City’s Accessibility Framework;
  • the City’s approach to identify barriers, and plan for their prevention and removal; and
  • group discussions on key barriers.

Downtown
Monday, June 12, 6 – 8 p.m.
Metro Hall, 55 John Street (SE corner of King St. and John St.)
Register for the downtown consultation

 

East
Wednesday, June 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive (McCowan Road and Ellesmere Road)
Register for the east consultation

 

West
Thursday June 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (Burnhamthorpe Road and The West Mall)
Register for the west consultation

 

North
Wednesday June 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street (north of Sheppard Avenue)
Register for the north consultation

 

Each location has accessible facilities and washrooms. Please register in advance, and let us know if you require any accommodation. For more information, please contact Nicole Cormier at nicole.cormier@toronto.ca or 416-397-5251.

Hey, have you heard about SURJ? SURJ is an international network that organizes and moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice. SURJ Toronto is committed to undermining support for white supremacist systems and institutions, and working towards decolonization and Indigenous sovereignty.

 

Racism and settler colonialism rob all of us of our humanity, are devastating to BIPOC communities, and are interlocked with all systems of oppression. As white settlers, we see it as our responsibility to act collectively and publicly in opposition. We hope to build a mass movement that challenges racism in all its forms.

SURJTO is made up of a number of working groups:

 

  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Families and kids
  • Resource Redistribution
  • Base building
  • Mobilization
  • Education

 

We maintain accountability with a panel of BIPOC organizers and groups that provide consultation on the work we do, and we are already being called on to offer a number of different tangible resources (e.g. childcare, funding, etc). We hope to build sustainable and reliable supports for BIPOC organizers, events, and movements.

 

If you are interested in learning more about SURJ or getting involved, please check out our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/surjto/ and get in touch by emailing surjto@gmail.com. We are committed to supporting Deaf leadership and participation.

Great news!!!! Stratford Festival will provide TWO ASL interpreted performances.

*”Guys and Dolls”- on July 7th, @ 8:00pm

*”The Madwoman of Chaillot”- on September 12th, @ 8:00pm

To buy your ticket, click on this link:

stratfordfestival.ca/ASL