Runs from Wednesday September 22 2021 to Wednesday November 24 2021

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Veronique West
Sep 22- Nov 24
Wednesday 6PM-8PM

Communities with lived experience of mental health disability bring important, alternative perspectives to creative forms, processes, and content. Mad Arts is a field within Disability Arts that centres our perspectives. Through the lens of Mad Arts, this program will hold space for us to explore our unique vantage points on writing for performance. We will support each other’s practices with the goal of expanding the possibilities for how we understand, express, and advocate for our truths.

We will meet weekly to develop performance projects, sharing work and exchanging feedback. We will also have conversations about topics relating to mental health disability and performance. The facilitator will consult participants about their access needs and strive to adapt the program accordingly. Since our meetings will bring together people with different relationships to privilege and oppression, community care/accountability guidelines will be established. Applicants can ask the facilitator about these guidelines before signing up.

Materials: material list will be posted on September 1st and If you have any access needs, please let Cynella know.

About the instructor: Veronique (she/they) is a Mad, non-binary settler of Polish descent, living on the stolen and occupied lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (colonially known as Vancouver, Canada). Their work spans artistic creation and facilitation, as well as mental health peer support and advocacy. Their personal and collaborative creative projects have taken many forms, including live performance, sound art, virtual reality, and web-based storytelling. They have been an eating disorder peer support mentor, a crisis responder, and will be a facilitator for mental health workshops at post-secondary campuses next spring. They are also part of Neurotales, a Mad and Neurodivergent writers' group. Veronique is passionate about collaboratively building spaces where Mad and Neurodivergent people across various intersections can thrive.

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