Equity, Diversity and
Inclusion in the
Cultural Sector:

The Role of Cultural Organizations
Pan-Canadian
Virtual Conference
June 15 · 16, 2022

Podcasts

In order to preserve and disseminate the knowledge shared at the conference, a series of podcasts, based on the conference themes, was developed with the participation of artists and professionals from the cultural sector across Canada.

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Cultural Sector Perspectives on the Role of Organizations in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (French)

The objective of Bérubé, Gauthier, and Venkatesh’s research is therefore to identify the role of cultural organizations with respect to EDI issues within the cultural industries. We collected data through 65 semi-structured interviews with artists and cultural organization workers in Gatineau-Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The results of this research raise questions about granting programs, education, and the ways in which cultural organizations address EDI issues.

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Universal accessibility of museums: a balance between aestheticism and human encounter (French)

According to the concept of the caring museum, the role of the museum is no longer to bring the visitor to a work or content, but to encourage his or her autonomy in the face of art, history or science. In a context where Quebec’s cultural policy calls for supporting the cultural and inclusive participation of people with disabilities, the research will present physical, social and informational barriers and facilitators to cultural access.

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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility; Demystifying Organizational Policy Writing (French)

Many want to improve inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) in their cultural organization. Often the starting point and the process is challenging for leaders who are already overwhelmed and/or lack the resources and tools to take action. Using simple and effective theoretical frameworks, CHRC offers to demystify the process that starts with your will and leads to the implementation of organizational policies that support your vision of IDEA.

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The Power of Community-Initiated Research (English)

From research initiated to measure representation in the visual or performing arts, to assessing COVID’s impact on marginalized groups, community members and organizations have stepped up to explore, challenge, and validate assumptions to advance the conversations and actions related to EDI. Join us as we discuss the role community-initiated research plays, the impact it can make, and how we see it moving forward.

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Understanding Civic Impact Through the Lens of Indigenous Cultural Knowledge (English)

As part of Emily Carr University of Art and Design’s Aboriginal Gathering Place and Mass Culture’s Research in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact initiative, Sydney Pickering, Connie Watts, and Nadia Beyzaei will share their work in connecting with local arts-based organizations that create innovative projects with Indigenous and racialized artists and collectives.

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Canada’s National Ballet School: Learnings and Experiences to Date (English)

When an art form fails to respect the dignity of others, it fails as an art form. Ballet wields significant cultural capital and needs to be more inclusive in all aspects – from auditioning, to training, to the stage and beyond. Without adaptation and evolution, we will not heal or progress as an art form and as a society.

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The inclusion of people with disabilities in the performing arts sector (French)

In this communication, Cindy and Geneviève talk about their experience in accompanying disabled artists in the exercise of their profession, name the important issues experienced by these people, underline the importance of certain initiatives, and share their thoughts and possible solutions to make the cultural industries more inclusive towards people with disabilities.

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Access, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (ADEI) in Cultural Organizations: Challenges and Opportunities (English)

Before COVID-19 ravaged the world with particular impact on communities of the global majority in the United States, and Black Americans faced a remarkable summer of killings at the hands of police; a colleague confessed that he considered access, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) work noise. Yet, addressing systemic marginalization and oppression in the creative sector remains the most significant issue warranting the sector’s undivided attention. To assist in this work, in this presentation, I define ADEI, I also describe how cultural organizations can apply ADEI to their thinking, in closing, I examine four key developments that the sector should pay special attention to while institutionalizing ADEI.

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