This workshop proposes that artists and arts workers come together to consolidate our stories (past and present) and ideas (future) about care in our communities and the arts sector. Using labour already done by critical thinkers and writers on care, we will begin with understanding care, the history of care webs as a survival strategy, and our own capacities to care and receive care. Then, we will gather in small groups for intimate conversations to strategize how to develop, sustain, and/or strengthen care webs around us as artists and arts workers and what resources we need. Finally, we will regroup and summarize each group discussion.
The workshop aims to consolidate the conversations, stories, dreams, and visions we have as emerging artists and arts workers. This written document will be shared with everyone in the workshop afterwards to become crucial evidence in our future projects or grant applications in which we seek to improve care in the arts sector for artists and workers. The labour we each put into this workshop will become a resource/toolkit for our future use.
WHO CAN/SHOULD ATTEND:
This workshop is for artists and arts workers who would like to take a community-based approach to wellness and care through group discussion, sharing, and strategizing about our capacities to give and receive care
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR :
Khadija Aziz (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. She received an MFA from Concordia University in Montréal and a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Harbourfront Centre, and Younger than Beyonce Gallery. Her art has exhibited or published in Canada, Australia, Austria, and Prague. As an emerging writer, she recently wrote for Concordia University’s Media Studies MA Virtual Conference, Canadian Art Gallery Educator’s online blog, Shameless Magazine. Khadija’s artistic and community arts practices have been recognized through awards from Craft Ontario, Surface Design Association, and the Ontario Museum Association.