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JD Derbyshire | Photo: Courtesy of JD Derbyshire

JD Derbyshire

Artist, writer, educator, and inclusive designer shares her passion for co-design

Cherie McMaster

An artist, writer, educator, and inclusive designer, JD Derbyshire’s background of stand-up comedy, playwriting, storytelling, interactive installation, and stage directing gives her unique tools to look at the complexity of the world.

Derbyshire holds a Masters in Inclusive Design from Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto and creates playful, inclusive, interactive, and participatory experiences that push forward ideas of diversity, belonging, and interdependent communities.

“It’s design that asks the question who does design the world,” she explains. “Who does design processes? Who does design everything that we do? And does it work for everybody? I think that’s what it is.

“I like to think of the word inclusive meaning to belong, like that sort of demystifies it.”

She is currently the Artistic Director of Nervous System Performance based in Vancouver and the Inclusive Designer in Residence with Calgary Arts Development.

Tune in to hear more about who she is and what she’s working on in this edition of The Storytelling Podcast.


About The Storytelling Podcast

Sharing diverse stories of creativity in our city, The Storytelling Podcast shines a spotlight on artists and projects that connect Calgarians to the arts.

Part of The Storytelling Project, this series raises awareness about Calgarians who, by living creative lives, are making Calgary a better city, effecting positive change and enriching others’ lives.

Have a story to share? Email us at news@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

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