Press release: The Gathering

For immediate release
November 15, 2019

A Convening of Indigenous, Black / People of Colour With a Focus Of Women In The Arts Geared At Exploring Methods Towards Increased Inclusion

(Toronto, ON) Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario launches The Gathering (Fall 2019) as a platform for exploring frameworks for understanding the potential of working toward further inclusion of IBPOC women in the Arts sector. A powerful, positive and supportive convening of arts practitioners geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities. This convening features showcase performances by South Asian dance artists Mushtari Afroz and Deepti Gupta.  Black poet Andrea Thompson and Asian writer, Vicki Zhang will offer literary writings and poetry, while an exhibition of visual artists from Asian to Indigenous backgrounds exhibit their work for a week at Bathurst 918, one of the Pluralism for Organization Change (CPAMOPOC) participating organizations. Emily Jung, Vero Diaz, Diane Montreuil and Florence Yee visual arts investigations come from a diverse set of practices rooted in their identity as women IBPOC artists.

Diverse in its offering, The Gathering will also feature two plenary sessions focussed on the topics of (i) Programming / Artistic Direction / Community Engagement and (ii) Strategic Planning / Organizational and Sectorial Change. Pulling together from across the Arts Sector a wide range of women in these roles, the plenaries will feature women leaders of colour like Alica Hall (Nia Centre for the Arts), Vivine Scarlett danceImmersion),  Marjorie Chan (Theatre Passe Muraille), Tanisha Taitt (Cahoots Theatre), Sadia Zaman (Inspirit Foundation), Karen Tisch (Koffler Gallery), Camille Georgeson-Usher (Aboriginal Curatorial Collective) and Zainub Verjee (Ontario Association of Art Galleries).

The Gathering also offers a space for networking with artists and organizations asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices. Aimed at providing professional development, building organizational and artistic capacity, this edition of the Gathering Fall 2019 will animate the many ways in which IBPOC women in positions of leadership speak to many perspectives in the arts and the changing demographics of audiences and participation within the cultural sector.
The Gathering Fall 2019 | IBPOC Women in the Arts, December 2 – 9, 2019

VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION | December 2 – 9 |  918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5)

FREE EXHIBITION RECEPTION | December 4 | 6pm – 8pm | 918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5)

PLENARIES, SHOWCASE, READINGS | December 5 | 10am – 5pm | Transac Club (292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2M7)

TICKETS: General Admission $20 | Students/Seniors/Under-employed $15


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