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MEETS #5: Access and the Arts – Visual Stories 101

February 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

MEETS #5 Access and the arts visual stories 101

This is an ELAN member event.

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Calling artists, arts organizers, and event planners: join us for the 5th edition of MEETS (Monthly ELAN Evolving Themed Sessions), in which ELAN member and Access Activator Salima Punjani will lead us through visual storytelling as accessible creative practice.

Visual stories are image described photographs that support people in finding their way towards, into, and around a physical space. Visual stories could include information about ramps, parking, stairs, lighting, bathrooms (including whether there are gender-neutral ones), and generally what to expect from the space and performance/gathering that will take place in it.

Participants will create visual stories of their homes as a participatory way to learn about and engage with the concept. Prior to the workshop, Salima will send online background material to introduce participants to disability justice, disability arts, and relaxed performance.

About Salima:

Salima Punjani is a socially-engaged artist and social worker passionate about creating dignified creative practices and environments. She draws on her artistic practice with her awareness and lived experience of systemic issues such as racism and ableism to develop experiences alongside individuals and organizations that are welcoming, creative, and respectful. She has experience in multimedia storytelling, film and media production, vibrotactile creation, participatory photography, and facilitation of creative counseling groups. She has training in journalism, communications, forum theatre, relaxed performance, and social work.

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460 Sainte-Catherine West
Suites 706 & 708, 917 (Quebec Relations)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3B 1A7
Phone: (514)-935-3312

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ELAN is an official minority language organization within a country that recognizes two languages as official. ELAN is located in Tiohtiak:ke, the original name for Montreal in Kanien’kéha, the language of the Mohawk—also known as Mooniyang, which is the Anishinaabeg name given to the city by the Algonquin. While we are based in this city, our projects have also taken place in many regions across Quebec.

We acknowledge the colonial origin of English and French in Canada, and recognize that both languages benefit from official status throughout the land. The province that we know as Quebec is an amalgamation of the traditional territories of the Innu and Inuit nations, Algonquian nations, as well as the Mohawk nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Kanien’kéha and Anishinaabeg are but two of the original languages of this province; Atikamekw, Cree, Inuktitut, and Innu-aimun are also among the many Indigenous languages spoken across Quebec as majority languages, all well before French and English.

ELAN acknowledges the important work being done by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to revive the traditional languages of these territories, and their advocacy for the official status of Indigenous languages.