Learning Lab fall 2022: Anti-oppression

Every art form, artist, and art practice has a cultural context. How do we ensure that we are doing our best to create culturally safer spaces for the young audiences with whom we are engaging? What kinds of things should we consider when we reflect on the cultural implications of our art? How do we ensure that we are honouring traditions and cultures? How do we ensure that we are not appropriating art forms? These are the discussions and questions we will consider in the special upcoming Fall 2022 Digital Learning Lab: Anti-Oppression.

Learning Lab anti-oppression artists

We are honoured to present these stand-alone 2.5 hour sessions free of charge to professional artists across the province. Bakau Consulting facilitator, Nicole Alexander, will present on the topic of cultural appropriation for artists. The workshop provides time and space for artists to discuss and reflect on the cultural context of their own practices in a safer setting.

Artists may sign up for any one of the four general sessions to join in on this learning. Self-identifying LGBTQ2SIA+ and racialized artists may choose to sign up for the sessions which are specifically held for them instead, to delve deeper into the specificity and nuance of the discussions of appropriation within these communities.

Deadline to register is Monday, October 17 at 11:59PM PST.

You will be notified if your registration is successful by 5:00PM PST Tuesday, October 18th. Registration is offered on a first-come first-served basis, based on eligibility. Capacity is limited. Apply by October 17. Sign up here.

General session dates:
Thursday, October 20, 5:30-8:00PM

Friday, October 21, 10:00AM-12:30PM

Tuesday, November 1, 5:00-7:30PM

Sunday, November 6 - 4:00-6:30PM

Session for racialized artists:
Thursday, November 3, 1:00-3:30PM

Session for 2SLGBTQIA+ artists:

Saturday, November 5, 1:00PM-3:30PM

Please note that all times are in PST.

Facilitator information:
Nicole is a queer Jamaican-Canadian residing on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. Born and raised on this territory, she hopes to explore the rest of Canada in her life. Nicole wants to amalgamate her skills and their knowledge to create more equitable mental health outcomes for Black and queer folx on Turtle Island. With her continued trainings on all things ARAO (anti-racist/anti-oppression), Nicole continually works to foster equity and inclusivity wherever she goes.

Learning Lab anti-oppression artists