Cultivating Disability Arts in Ontario

(2018) Vol. 40 (3) Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, pp. 249-264

15 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2020

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Eliza Chandler

Ryerson University

Carla Rice

University of Guelph

Nadine Changfoot

Trent University

Andrea Lamarre

University of Guelph

Roxanne Mykitiuk

Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Although there is a vibrant Disability Arts scene in Canada’s most populated province Ontario, until recently few spaces have existed where disability-identified artists could receive professional development and exhibition opportunities. Because of this cultural gap, the multimedia storytelling workshops and theatre project central to the arts-informed research of Re•Vision attracted disability artists who seized these workshops as spaces to access equipment, training, and peers and used them as a place to create new work. Through this paper, we discuss how these workshops functioned within our research project, which had objectives quite apart from the creation of disability arts, and highlight how participants used these workshops as well as the disability art they encountered and produced within them as pivotal to their artistic development and self-identification as artists. We posit how these research workshops contributed to the development of disability art and disability aesthetics in Ontario by reflecting on the artwork produced within them.

Keywords: disability studies, disability arts and culture, aesthetics, arts-informed research, arts-based activism

Suggested Citation

Chandler, Eliza and Rice, Carla and Changfoot, Nadine and Lamarre, Andrea and Mykitiuk, Roxanne, Cultivating Disability Arts in Ontario (2018). (2018) Vol. 40 (3) Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, pp. 249-264, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3295190

Eliza Chandler

Ryerson University ( email )

350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
Canada

Carla Rice

University of Guelph ( email )

Guelph, Ontario
Canada

Nadine Changfoot

Trent University ( email )

1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8
Canada

Andrea Lamarre

University of Guelph ( email )

Guelph, Ontario
Canada

Roxanne Mykitiuk (Contact Author)

Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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