The Latest Artsweek SHIFT Project Explores Disability, Accessibility and Inclusion – Now and into the Future
Artsweek SHIFT is on! This special COVID-19 project, produced and presented following the postponement of Artsweek 2020 to September 2021, is bringing six months of arts pop-ups to Peterborough, in person and online. In October and November, Downtown, curated by Justin Million, brought poetry readings to The Theatre on King and paintings by John Climenhage to downtown storefronts.
Now, the second project in Artsweek SHIFT, Post-Code Tour, is underway, and we wanted to tell you about it, as well as providing some other Artsweek SHIFT updates.
Read on for more details about all of this, and for up-to-the-minute updates, be sure to follow Artsweek on Facebook, @Ptbo_Artsweek on Twitter, and @artsweekptbo on Instagram, and check out the Artsweek SHIFT website for more information.
Live on Instagram, Post-Code Tour (@post_code_tour) features multidisciplinary new works by local artists that explore disability, accessibility and inclusion in Peterborough, in the present day and far into the future. How do people with different abilities, who face challenges and barriers traversing our urban landscape, experience the city? How could it be different? What would that look like and how might we get there?
Curated by veteran Artsweek producer Hannah Keating, Post-Code Tour uses iconic downtown Peterborough locations like Millennium Park and Market Hall as jumping-off points for a discussion of how open our public spaces actually are. The project challenges three artists – multidisciplinary performance artist Sioux Lily Dickson, visual artist Bethany LeBlonc, and writer Derek Newman-Stille – to re-examine and re-imagine what these spaces are now, how they might change, and what they could become. Photography, video, painting, writing, design and illustration are all constructed to work on Instagram, presenting a radical view of people’s current experience and charting a course in the struggle for a different future.
The results of their work are being posted in installments throughout the month of November to @post_code_tour on Instagram, creating a virtual exhibition. Each week three works of art will be posted, one from each of the artists, all exploring the same space from their unique perspective and artistic medium. It will culminate the week of November 30 to December 4, to coincide with the International Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2020.
More Post-Code Tour events are coming in the new year, in person and online, with opportunities for the artists and community members to engage in deeper critical discussion about the issues the project has brought up.
Follow along on Instagram @post_code_tour to see the posts and for more announcements, coming soon.
All Artsweek SHIFT events are FREE!
‘Downtown’ Thank You
A big THANK YOU to everyone who took part in Artsweek SHIFT’s first project, Downtown: to curator Justin Million, for heading the project; to artist John Climenhage, for loaning us his gorgeous and haunting paintings; to all of the poets and spoken word artists (Jon Hedderwick, Katherine Heigh-Roper, Elizabeth Jenkins, Shaun Phuah, Nick Taylor and ziysah), for sharing their voices and their work; to Ryan Kerr and Kate Story at The Theatre on King, for their assistance and guidance; and all of the stores who took part (Dreams of Beans, Providence, Rare, The Sapphire Room, Sam’s Place Deli, St. Veronus Cafe and Tap Room, The Garnet and The Night Kitchen), for providing a space for John’s work.
Also thank you to the City of Peterborough and the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) for their ongoing support of Artsweek and Artsweek SHIFT.
Open Call for Proposals
Artsweek SHIFT’s Open Call for Proposals is coming next week! EC3 will invite applications from local artists and arts organizations, for projects/events to take place, either in-person (following public health guidelines) or online, before March 31, 2021.
We will be sending out another Bulletin when this Open Call is live, or follow Artsweek on social media for announcements.
Details on all Artsweek SHIFT projects can be found on Artsweek SHIFT’s website, and regular updates will be provided on Artsweek’s Facebook, @Ptbo_Artsweek on Twitter, and @artsweekptbo on Instagram.
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Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Su Ditta and the EC3 Board and staff
Electric City Culture Council (EC3)
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