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Community and Connection Symposium

March 30, 2019 - 09:30 - 17:30

The Carleton Art History Undergraduate Society invites you to attend “Community and Connection: Social responsibility in the heritage sector,” a symposium on the topic of accessibility and inclusion in museums and galleries.

Museums and galleries play a meaningful social role in portraying historical and cultural narratives. However, the stories told and voices heard have been, to a great degree, limited to the status quo. If we are to create an environment that welcomes the breadth and diversity of our communities, we must redefine how we think about historical narratives and who gets to create them. How do those working in the heritage sector approach questions of access, diversity, and inclusion in their work?

*While the discussion will be focused around disability and the arts, we will also be exploring and addressing the intersections between ableism, colonialism and race.*

The event will take place at Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) from 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, 30 March.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Light refreshments will be provided.

You may register through Eventbrite, via email or telephone. To register via telephone or email, please contact Natalie at [email protected] or call at 613-297-1550.


Session 1 – Keynote

Networking Break

Session 2 – Moderated Discussion on Spaces: Issues in Practice

*Lunch Break

Session 3 – Moderated Discussion on Inclusivity in the Narrative: Artistic Practices and Access to Display

Networking Break

Session 4 – Demonstration

*Note: Lunch will not be provided, but there are restaurants very close to the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), as well as the Jackson Cafe located on the ground level of the OAG. We will provide a list of restaurant suggestions, with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.


A keynote will be provided by Dr. Eliza Chandler.

Eliza Chandler, an Assistant Professor at the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University, aims to bring together the arts, disability studies, and justice-based activism. She teaches courses on disability arts and culture, disability rights and justice, and community-based social activism; she is the co-director of the project Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life, a many-partnered grant supports the development of activist art (including Deaf & disability art, fat art, and Indigenous art) and interrogates its connection to the enactment of social justice. Chandler is a practicing curator, a board member of the Ontario Arts Council, and the co-founder of Creative Users Projects, a community arts/activist initiative that supports crip artists through artistic development and works to create a more accessible arts culture. Prior to these roles, she was the founding artistic director of Tangled Art Gallery, a gallery in Toronto that showcases disability arts and advances accessible curatorial practices. Chandler regularly give lectures, interviews, and consultations related to disability arts, inclusive curatorial practices, and disability politics in Canada.


Patricia Bérubé, PhD Cultural Mediations, Institute for Comparitive Studies in Literature, Art and Culture at Carleton University

Adrian Chan, Director of Research and Education in Accesibility, Design and Innovation (READi) at Carleton University

Greg “Mista Wasis” Dreaver, Artist, Traditional Pow Wow Dancer, Arena Director and MC

Rachel Gray, Artist, and Artistic Coordinator at BEING Studio and artist-in-residence at Ottawa School of Art

Jamie Morse, Artist, Founder of Indigenous Walks and Educator, Indigenous Programs and Outreach at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC)

Stephanie Nadeau, Head of Public, Educational and Community Programs at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)

Michael Orsini, Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, co-editor (with Christine Kelly) of Mobilizing Metaphor: Art, Culture and Disability Activism in Canada

Debbie Ratcliffe, Artist at BEING studio

Gabrielle Trepanier, Audit and Evaluation Officer, Museum of Science and Technology

Liz Winkelaar, Artistic Associate, Company Dancer and Teacher at Propeller Dance

Jocelyn van Wynsberghe, Artist, Student Support Officer / Volunteer Coordinator, Paul Menton Centre at Carleton University


March 30, 2019
09:30 - 17:30
Event Category:


Ottawa Art Gallery
50 Mackenzie King Bridge
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 0C5 Canada


Carleton University
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