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Accessible Arts Spaces & Resources for Disabled Artists

July is Disability Pride Month!

To celebrate ELAN has compiled a list of art spaces and organizations which offer accessible classes, services, workshops and more! We have also listed a few opportunities and resources which offer support for artists with disabilities. To stay up to date consult our Calls for Submission page and Job board for access to regularly updated resources.

Calls for Submission

Tangled Art +Disability (Deadline July 15)

Tangled Art + Disability is now accepting submissions to their gallery space for exhibitions in their 2023/24 season. They are currently inviting proposals from artists who are “Deaf, Mad, and Disability-identified artists, curators, arts organizers, and other cultural producers from any background and age, practicing Disability Arts and accessible curation to be hosted at Tangled Art Gallery”.

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Frictions of Futurity in Transplant Medicine Project (Deadline July 18)

In collaboration with Tangled Art + Disability, the Frictions of Futurity in Transplant Medicine project invites “disabled, d/Deaf, Mad, Sick, and chronically ill artists to submit proposals for new commissioned works on the theme of futurity, curative imaginaries, and solid organ transplantation”. They are especially interested in proposals from transplant recipients or their support persons. Two artists will be selected for a 6 month artist-in-residence with the Frictions project, and invited to create, construct, deconstruct, and challenge knowledge related to transplantation through their artistic practice.

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Alter©ations by ARTIFACTS (Deadline August 1)

Members of the disability arts community are invited to submit individual words or phrases that respond to their experience of the personal/social/political/global world in which they live, work, survive and thrive. These texts will be printed in different fonts and sizes on paper and then attached to the wall as a finished collage-as-performance by ARTIFACTS and by participants who wish to attend in-person for collective action on Aug 6, 2 – 4 PM. This text-based and wall-sized collage will be composed in the Cell Gallery inside Gallery 1313 as a collective work by members of the disability arts community as part of the exhibition Alter©ations by ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson and Leena Raudvee)
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Support for D/deaf Artists or Artists with Disabilities (Deadline May annually)

“A program dedicated to the development and recognition of disabled art and artistic practice of D/deaf artists and artists with disabilities!” If you are an artist, collective or organization working in any arts discipline, take advantage of the special financial assistance available to carry out your creative, production or dissemination projects.

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Support Fund for Accessibility Costs (Ongoing)

To artists, artists’ collectives and arts organizations: the Support Fund for Accessibility Costs is meant to help you prepare a grant application, include individuals or artists who are D/deaf and living with disabilities in your teams and projects, and present performances to audiences living with these disabilities.

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Accessible Writers’ Lab (Deadline August 4)

The Canada Media Fund and Accessible Media Inc., in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto and the Miles Nadal JCC, are excited to launch the inaugural edition of the Accessible Writers’ Lab a national program for writers with disabilities and established showrunners and senior writers to experiment with what an accessible TV writers room might look like.

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Accessible Art Spaces & Organizations

 

Geordie Theatre 

Geordie Theatre values the diversity of its patrons, visitors and workforce, and is committed to making theatre that is inclusive and accessible to all members of society. Geordie Theatre offers American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, relaxed performances, and financial accessibility for both attending performances and participating in the performing arts.

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Studio 303

Studio 303 offers accessible (+) workshops to provide artists who are Deaf and disabled with professional development opportunities that address broader accessibility needs. In addition, Studio 303 is offering to reimburse or pay accessibility-related expenses for accessible (+) workshops to allow artists who are Deaf and disabled  to participate without additional out-of-pocket costs. Workshop registration fees are however required. If the workshop fee is a barrier to participation, it is possible to apply for a workshop bursary.

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Joe Jack et John 

Since its inception, Joe Jack & John has been focusing on stage accessibility for artists with disabilities, while working on making their plays accessible to a wide audience. They offer relaxed performances open to all, and can appeal specifically to people who have a sensory or intellectual disability, a neurological or learning disability, and to people with newborns or special needs.

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Temple Art Hive – Kaveret Omanut

This Art Hive hopes to model the way in which communities can build activities and programs with everyone in mind. People with disabilities, people without disabilities, their friends, family members, neighbours and caregivers, all participating in art-making side-by-side. Their Art Hive takes a holistic approach to inclusion and is committed to working together to find creative ways for people of all abilities to engage as artists.

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The Segal Centre 

The Segal Centre is committed to making its performances and events accessible to all. They offer several services to help patrons feel welcomed and comfortable. This includes relaxed performances, ASL interpreted performances, audio-described performances and more!

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Montreal Arts Interculturels (MAI)

MAI is committed to providing an inclusive space. All our spaces are accessible to people with reduced mobility. MAI’s season includes relaxed performances and audio description of works for blind or partially sighted audience members.

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