Thomas Poulsen Symposium

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Thomas Poulsen Symposium

Disrupting the Norm

A symposium on disability and mixed ability performing arts, register by October 21, 2019.

The Dance Division of the School of Creative and Performing Arts is pleased to host the Thomas Poulsen Symposium on Disability and Mixed Ability Performing Arts: Disrupting the Norm.

This two-day gathering will include co-creative workshops, critical thinking discussions, video showings and community building.

We invite the general public, along with UCalgary faculty and students, to join professional artists as we open up conversations exploring disability art, aesthetics, creative process, education, and belonging while celebrating individual perspectives and ensemble practices.

This will be a valuable opportunity to connect with artists whose practices are inclusive and diverse and to be creative with people who are interested in broadening their artistic spectrum.

The symposium is suitable for:

  • Professional and aspiring artists who experience disability.
  • Community members who experience disability and those who do not.
  • All artists and performers interested in investing in new perspectives on art-making.
  • Fine arts education, pedagogy, and performance students and faculty members in both elementary and secondary education.

We are committed to making this event as accessible as possible for everyone who would like to attend.

Please let us know how we create a more accessible and affirming event by emailing your access needs.

Cost: Free, registration is required by October 21, 2019

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Mixed ability performers on stage


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