Occurs on Monday September 14 2020

Approximate running time: 3 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2



Facilitator: Kat Singer
Monday September 14
6-9 PM

Since 2015, Kat Singer has supported artists at all career stages in crafting compelling grant proposals and artist statements. Kat has also mentored emerging artists who have experienced marginalization in various aspects of running a professional arts practice: from portfolio building to applying for funding and exhibition opportunities.

Over the course of this work, Kat has become aware that artists who struggled with articulating the connection between their artwork and their identities were less successful at securing art opportunities. This interactive workshop will help artists develop a greater understanding of intersectionality in the arts– and how this knowledge can strengthen artist statements, bios, and selection of artistic works.

In this workshop, participants will be invited to:
- hold space for a range of emotions associated with engaging in self-work
- explore and deepen their understanding of concepts such as “privilege”, “oppression”, “social location”, “intersectionality”, “cultural appropriation” and “tokenism”
- participate in an exercise that will help them identify and reflect upon their position in relation to groups that hold power in Canadian society
- discuss how this knowledge can be used to promote greater inclusion in the arts
- explore how a greater emphasis on social justice and equity is affecting different projects and how institutions are prioritizing diversity
- apply their new knowledge to enhance their art-related writing

About the Facilitator
Kat Singer (they/them) is a Toronto-based queer, nonbinary, white Former Soviet Union Jewish settler artist, activist and educator. Their artwork stems from lived experience, and spans an ever-expanding range of media including photography, street art, drawing, painting, textiles, sculpture, printmaking and performance. Kat’s accomplishments include graduating with highest honors with a BFA in Visual Arts from York University, developing and facilitating a plethora of workshops and community art projects, and being invited to speak to a range of local and international audiences about arts and mental health.

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