Art of Inclusion (Disability, Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
In the past, EC3 has programmed panels and workshops on various approaches to inclusion, including Relaxed Performances, physical accessibility issues, and gender/trans safety and inclusion. However, in 2019 we prioritized the need to incorporate inclusion thinking and action in all of our programming, and develop ways to provide training and support for the community on an ongoing basis, to increase inclusion at all levels. This work now continues under a formal Program Banner: “The Art of Inclusion” and we intend to continue to transform how EC3 incorporates accessibility at every stage of programming and service planning and delivery, working in partnership with community organizations and individuals. We also developed inclusionary text that is now part of all our marketing and communications. In 2020/2021 our priority is to work with the Deaf community, and bringing interpreters to some of our events and organizing a new Professional Development Workshop for Organizations in collaboration with the Canadian Hearing Society.We prioritize inclusion in all of our programming and continued to develop ways to provide training and support to the community on an ongoing basis to increase inclusion at all levels. The goal was to prepare organizations so they can present work to more diverse audiences. With, for example, Divergent Dances (Artsweek 2018) we worked specifically with artists living with disabilities. This work is ongoing as we work to transform how EC3 incorporates accessibility at every stage of planning and delivery, working in partnership with community organizations and individuals.