Picasso PRO strives to act as an agent of social change. We utilize our pivotal role in connecting local, regional, national and international artists through activities that strengthen communities and practices in Ontario and Canada. We ground our activities in advocacy and a strong commitment to artists’ creative, professional and human rights. Through outreach and networking we work to to ‘grow’ and share a baseline record of current and developing activity in Ontario.We support professionalism and professional recognition for artists practicing within Deaf and disability arts.
Who Makes it Happen?
To do so, we work within an integrated network of arts practitioners- Deaf, hearing, with and without disabilities. A field of specialists, community leaders, professional and emerging artists, access experts and volunteers collaborate to design, research, create, instruct, advocate and undertake various aspects of our programming in cooperation with the Artistic Principal, the core Collective and our advisors.
[see Archives for previous phases]
Luminato/ Theatre Local & Picasso PRO; Audio Description Project
After a successful pilot project in 2011, Picasso PRO and Theatre Local collaborate once again in 2012 to create audio descriptions designed for for blind and low-vision patrons to enhance their experience of three extraordinary installations featured in this year’s Luminato Visual Arts Program, June 8th-17th. The audio files will be downloadable or available for streaming via Luminato’s website in June. The works are: ”The Encampment’ at Fort York Historic Site; ‘///RE-PLY\\\’ along Parliament Street between Dundas and Wellesley; and S/N at Toronto Pearson Airport Terminal One. Each installation will come equipped with description written by Rose Jacobson/Rebecca Singh and narrated by Theatre Local’s Rebecca Singh. Stay tuned to our News Page for Posts about the project. The Luminato Festival now includes an Accessibility Page which will feature the files along with directions to and details about each installation site and the Festival’s overall access accommodations.
Talking Movement Project
Choreographer Miriam Rother directs a highly integrated group -Deaf, hearing, blind, sighted, with and without disabilities- through a process which will culminate in an ensemble production of an orignal work by 2013. A Showcase and Master Class are scheduled for Fall 2012.
The Shuttle Project
Tailored mentorships in areas of professional interest with Artistic Principal Rose Jacobson and other specialists as appropriate. Current protégés include Peter Owusu-Ansah, Paula Bath, Ali Saeedi, Luis Alcobia and Jenelle Rouse.
SPiLL/Picasso PRO: ‘Finding Alice’
The newly-formed Deaf-led SpiLL Collective [Ottawa region] begins a theatrical exploration of Alice In Wonderland in partnership with Picasso PRO towards creation of an original performance production by 2013.
Performing Arts Access Program [PAAP] 2010-2012
A Picasso PRO/Creative Trust partnership generously sponsored by Sun Life Financial [See Archives for details]