What does it mean to have a diverse or inclusive event or line-up? Why is it necessary? What is tokenism and how do you avoid it? This webinar will explore the foundations of truly inclusive programming by examining essential factors for building a program or line-up that demonstrates diversity and inclusion. Using practical examples from Canadian arts festivals and theatre groups, this webinar will provide practical models for developing exciting and inclusive programming in a rapidly evolving cultural climate.
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Facilitator: Jael Richardson
Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The memoir received a CBC Bookie Award and earned Richardson an Acclaim Award and a My People Award as an Emerging Artist and was recently adapted into the children’s book The Stone Thrower. Her essay “Conception” is part of Room Magazine’s first Women of Colour edition, and excerpts from her first play, my upside down black face, are published in the anthology T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers. Richardson is a two-time Write-In-Residence with the Toronto District School Board. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, and she lives in Brampton, Ontario where she founded and serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity — Canada’s first festival for diverse books.