REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE CONFERENCE DUE TO THE INCREDIBLE RESPONSE! BUT DO JOIN US ON APRIL 10th AT RHIZOME CAFE (317 East Broadway) FOR THE CULTURAL EVENT AND CLOSING CELEBRATION!

Centering the Tangent Community Conference

A day-long all ages gathering and celebration to explore the critical role of arts, culture, and creativity in community empowerment and movement building!

Saturday April 9th
9:30am – 7:00pm
Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver
Unceded Coast Salish Territories

Free! On-site childcare, accessible workshop spaces, free lunch, travel stipends, bus tickets and coordinated carpooling provided.

The Centering the Tangent Community Conference Schedule:
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Morning Panel and Plenary
9:30am – 11:15am
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Featuring:

T’ Uy’ Tanat-Cease Wyss
– Skwxw’ u7mesh Nation Ethnobotanist, media artist, educator, and activist.
Food Security has been the leading force of Cease’ s life journey. She has witnessed, as a child, her family being robbed of their salmon from DFO, as well as the police, and has stood up with other Indigenous Peoples, to fight for native peoples’ rights to hunt, gather, and fish in their traditional territories. Community Gardening and Community Kitchens have become the contemporary common grounds to fight for healthy foods and food systems, and traditional foods and medicines being brought back to the people. Cease has been actively gardening throughout her entire life, and attributes her gardening skills
to her family. Her father is a master gardener, as were her Nahanee family ancestors, who started a farm near Stanley Park at the turn of the century, which was once called Kanaka Ranch. This was located at Coal Harbour.

Dustin Rivers
– is a young Skwxwú7mesh-Kwakwaka’wakw man who’s lived a very short life.  Yet, his mission is to restore indigenous ways of being; language, culture, polity, or environmental stewardship.  His recent efforts have been to revitalize nearly extinct language, promote decolonization and justice, and become more human by simply becoming more indigenous.  He’s an activist, an organizer, and a writer.

Diane Roberts
– Artistic Director at Urban Ink Productions
Diane Roberts has been urban ink’s Artistic Director since 2007. As director, dramaturge, playwright and cultural animator, Diane has collaborated with Theatre and Interdisciplinary artists across North America in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Over the past few years Diane’s artistic passion has been to articulate, explore and practice African and Afrisporic forms of theatre. The research includes ongoing development of her innovative ‘Personal Legacy’ methodology for theatre creation. Her current ground breaking project, The Arrivals Project is making waves Nationally and Internationally bringing together First Nations and Minoritized Artists in a meaningful creative interplay between artistic voice, ceremony and Ancestral recovery.

Magin Payet Scudellari
– Organizer with No One Is Illegal
Magín Payet Scudellari is an organizer with the anti-colonial migrant justice group No One is Illegal – Vancouver. Magín is not an artist (although they have been known to make the occasional stick figure cartoon) but a big fan of art, in particular as a tool for social and environmental justice. Through their work with NOII they have helped organize numerous cultural/performance events that showcase the work of local artists and performers.

Representative from the Kalayaan Centre
 

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Morning Participatory Skills-Based Workshops
11:20am – 1:20pm
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COMMUNITY MEDIA

Facilitator
Vancouver Media Co-Op
The Vancouver Media Co-op is the west coast node of a unique member-run grassroots network of community-driven media outlets. Together with Media Co-ops in Halifax, Montreal and Toronto, the VMC produces reader-funded local, independent news and provides a free outlet for individuals, groups and movements to speak out for themselves.

COMMUNITY HEALTH 

 

Workshop Description: This workshop will explore the interconnections between individual health and collective health and healing. During the workshop, we’ll use creative activities to share perspectives on health and healing and develop strategies for developing healthier lives and communities.. Setareh and Tasnim will draw up their collective backgrounds in holistic health care, social and environmental justice work, and community-based health research and advocacy.

Facilitators:
Setareh Mohammadi & Tasnim Nathoo

Setareh Mohammadi
is an Iranian exile who has been living on unceded Coast Salish Territories – Lekwungen, Swxwú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam – for most of her life.  Raised within activist communities, Setareh has been involved with anti-capitalist social and environmental justice since birth. She is currently a candidate for graduation with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition awaiting Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation. As the 2nd generation in her family to have a refrigerator, setareh places importance on (re)learning her traditional/cultural food knowledge in a far away luscious land of no pomegranate trees.  When Setareh is not wild harvesting, growing, preserving, cooking, and eating food with others, she creates visual art, writes shy poetry, and swims in the wild wild west ocean.  With bright eye enthusiasm and humility she is excited to facilitate for the first time a holistic health related workshop.

Tasnim Nathoo’s
background is in public health and social work. She loves exploring the interconnections between personal and social transformation through writing, various mind-body therapies (BodyTalk, counselling, qi gong), and thinking about how history shapes the present.


MUSIC FOR MOBILIZING

Facilitator: Earle Peach
Earle is a teacher, musician, composer and conductor, as well as a gardener, sometime political activist, and other stuff.  He directs the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir, but also three other choirs; plays with three musical groups; and has a number of music students.  He also likes to sing.


LINOCUT PRINTMAKING

Workshop Description: Art and social change go together: we need to make our own images to reflect our lives and experiences. This workshop is a hands-on opportunity to learn or practice linocut printmaking. No art experience is required. This is a printmaking technique that can create detailed or bold artwork, and allows us to make many copies of the same image, by hand. Linocut images are great for printing a special run of posters, prints or cards for fundraising, CD covers, zine covers, or any other flat surface. Linocut images can also be easily scanned into a computer and used as clip art or vector images. We will use hand tools to create unique linocut carvings, then use inks to print them on paper. There will also be an opportunity to work with a limited amount of letterpress wooden type (without a press) to put short words into our artwork. Various examples of political posters will be available for inspiration. If you’re curious about linocut printing you are welcome in this workshop- no drawing skills are needed

Facilitator: Sam Bradd
Sam Bradd makes art influenced by resilience and social justice using illustration, linocuts, silkscreening, and letterpress printing. He’s created artwork for a range of community groups and grassroots publications, including co-iillustration of the comic May Day: a graphic history of protest. As an environmentalist and artist, his printing practice deliberately incorporates techniques that minimize an environmental impact. He’s involved with local food security projects and bikes around.


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Lunchtime Info Fair
1:20pm – 2:00pm
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If your community/group/organization would like tabling space please contact info@suyp.org/604.780.8463


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Afternoon Participatory Skills-Based Workshops
2:00pm – 4:00pm
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DIGITAL MEDIA

Workshop Description:
Reel Youth facilitators will be providing a 2 hour workshop that explores how digital media can be used in the context of individuals’ and community social movements.  Participants will get to see inspiring examples of ways in which digital media is currently being utilized by organizations, and will have the opportunity to develop practical skills by creating media during the workshop.

Facilitator:
Reel Youth
Reel Youth is a not-for-profit, media empowerment program supporting young people to create and distribute films about their visions for a more just and sustainable world.  For seven years, Reel Youth has been working with youth-serving organizations to provide mobile stop motion animation, video production, photography, broadcasting, and Film Festival
programs that create and distribute messages young people most want to share with the world.


POPULAR EDUCATION

Workshop Description: Popular Education: Our dreams in Action
The act of dreaming with the kind of society where we want to live is a necessary starting point to create and build such a society that reflects our collective dreams where basic needs of food, housing, land, employment, education, and justice are met in a dignified way. However, dreaming is not enough; we must educate ourselves, and share knowledge with each other in order to get our collective dreams to become realities.  Popular Education is a methodology, a tool for revolutionary change and a way of living that encourages us to actively participate in the process of naming, understanding and questioning the oppressive structures of our capitalist/colonialist society in order to be able to change and replace them with the counter-structures/institutions that we want and need.

In this workshop participants will learn about the history, theory and practice of Popular Education with a focus on deschooling, and how these can be incorporated into participant’s own organizing and activism praxis in the context of their own collectives.

Facilitators: Adriana Paz & Carla Bergman

Adriana Paz is a Bolivian journalist, community organizer and popular educator with over 10 years of experience working in social justice issues. She has a background in community radio broadcaster, columnist of Latin American newspapers and contributor of online lefty magazines. Adriana is founder member and organizer of Justicia for Migrant Workers BC, a grassroots organization fighting  for migrant farm workers’ social, economic and labour rights.

Carla Bergman lives in East Vancouver with her family. She is an organizer, often curates shows and makes things.  She is the co-director of the Purple Thistle Centre where she strives to empower and actively radicalize youth (and others) with the hope of challenging norms around consumerism, schooling, and success.


THEATRE FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AND ACTION

Workshop Description:
We will be doing a series of trust exercises from the Augusto Boal canon, moving and witnessing from the Authentic Movement canon created by Judith Koltai, and a series of image exercises from the Augusto Boal canon.

Facilitator:
Carmen Aguirre
Carmen is an actor, playwright, and theatre director who has been facilitating Theatre of the Oppressed workshops since 1994. She trained with Headlines Theatre Company, Puente Theatre, and with Augusto Boal, the creator of Theatre of the Oppressed. She founded The Latino Theatre Group, which created twenty-five short plays and two full-length plays over eight years, using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. She has facilitated workshops throughout British Columbia, working with a range of communities, including high schools, the Women’s Correctional Centre, Seton Lake Indian Band, Fort Nelson First Nations, YouthCo, Vancouver Status of Women, No One Is Illegal, The Purple Thistle Centre, and many more. Carmen is a graduate of Studio 58.


LIBERATION THROUGH LANGUAGE

Facilitators: Cynthia Dewi Oka & Dustin Rivers

Cynthia Dewi Oka is an Indonesian poet and community organizer residing in Unceded and Occupied Coast Salish Territories. She is a member of the Press Release collective of movement poets and the Breakthrough Mamas collective of low-income (and revolutionary!) single moms of colour.

Dustin Rivers is a Skwxwú7mesh-Kwakwaka’wakw artist, activist and writer. He is a young man who’s lived a very short life.  Yet, his mission is to restore indigenous ways of being; language, culture, polity, or environmental stewardship.  His recent efforts have been to revitalize nearly extinct language, promote decolonization and justice, and become more human by simply becoming more indigenous.  He’s an activist, an organizer, and a writer.


FOOD SECURITY

Facilitators:  T’ Uy’ Tanat-Cease Wyss, Ilana Labow, Projects Manager of Fresh Roots Urban Farm (FRUF) & Kyla Brophy Check Your Head

T’ Uy’ Tanat-Cease Wyss
Food Security has been the leading force of Cease’ s life journey. She has witnessed, as a child, her family being robbed of their salmon from DFO, as well as the police, and has stood up with other Indigenous Peoples, to fight for native peoples’ rights to hunt, gather, and fish in their traditional territories. Community Gardening and Community Kitchens have become the contemporary common grounds to fight for healthy foods and food systems, and traditional foods and medicines being brought back to the people. Cease has been actively gardening throughout her entire life, and attributes her gardening skills to her family. Her father is a master gardener, as were her Nahanee family ancestors, who started a farm near Stanley Park at the turn of the century, which was once called Kanaka Ranch. This was located at Coal Harbour.

Ilana Labow is a community-engaged farmer. She has received training and worked with Growing Power, based in Milwaukee USA www.growingpower.org.  All of Ilana’s agricultural experience comes from working with people using sustainable agriculture methods to build peace, community food centers, vocational skill development, and create equal access to healthy, safe, affordable food.

Kyla Brophy ( Check Your Head)
Check Your Head is a youth-driven organization that provides education for young people on the issues such as democracy, corporate power, globalization, climate change and many more issues that matter most to youth and our communities locally and globally. Our work is motivated by the understanding that a healthy, democratic and sustainable future depends on a generation of informed, empowered and active young people.

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Afternoon Community Collaboration and Visioning Session and Report-Back
4:15-6:30

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A unique space will be created for conference participants working on or interested in particular community issues/struggles to partner with participants with specific skills and experience in a variety of arts and culture media to engage in a visioning session that supports the exploration of how creativel practices and tools can be applied to current projects and organizing. Community Facilitators will support this process including:

Christina Panis Filipino-Canadian woman, feminist, and community organizer, who works as the arts administrator at Centre A, the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Chair of the Philippine Women Centre of BC.

Gabriela Reynoso
Actress, psychodramatist, single mother of two, and member of the Breakthrough Mama’s Collective

Judith Marcuse
Dancer, choreographer, director, producer, teacher, writer and lecturer and founder of the International Centre of Art for Social Change.

Naomi Steinberg
Storyteller and Executive Director of the Vancouver Society of Storytelling

Sara Kendall
Community organizer, hip-hop artist and director of the Cultural Medicine Cabinet

Tia Taurere –
Tia works to build International Indigenous Solidarity by building synergies between Indigenous, Activists and Creative communities.
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Closing and Performance
6:30 – 7:00
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Featuring:

Bud Osborn
a Downtown East Side poet and social activist and member of  the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, Grief Into Action and the Carnegie Community Centre Association Board.

For more information contact us at 604.780.8463 / info@suyp.org
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