Research

Disability Arts (December 2004)

by Alex Bulmer and Rose Jacobson.

The Picasso Project was a collaborative two-year research and training program (2002-2004) led by Alex Bulmer of SNIFF Inc. and Rose Jacobson, then Cross Cultural Director of the Toronto Theatre Alliance (now TAPA). This report-back covers the Disability Arts scene they encountered – groups, events and advocacy – in England, Vancouver, Toronto and beyond; descriptions of the project’s training workshops, a glossary of dis-arts terms of reference, concepts, recommendations, photo images, contacts, and more.

Download a pdf of the report here (68 pages)

Focus on Disability and Deaf Arts in Canada (December 2011)

In August 2008, Rose Jacobson and Geoff McMurchy were engaged by the Canada Council for the Arts to undertake a research project on disability arts. This work was deemed to be important for the Council given the growing interest in this area revealed through its 2008-11 strategic plan consultations. This report identifies, assesses and defines elements of key existing trends in Deaf and disability arts and discusses current challenges and opportunities. The report introduces readers to the basic language used in current discourse around Deaf and disability arts. It also provides examples of culturally specific and integrated projects and organizations that constitute the sector, and some of the art forms which require resources, technologies and capacity building in order to flourish.

Focus on Disability and Deaf Arts in Canadawas completed by the authors in January 2009. Readers should note that the report was then further updated by the authors with new information and developments covering the period January 2009 to September 2011. This is a first research report on this topic for the Canada Council for the Arts. As Deaf and disability arts is evolving, the Council plans to make available new and updated information from time to time as part of its ongoing research work.

Download Focus on Disability and Deaf Arts in Canada (pdf, 326 KB)

Two New Communications Access Handbooks Available for Download (August 2012)

Picasso PRO and Creative Trust have just released two handbooks for producers and presenters of Audio Described and American Sign Language interpreted performances. These practical toolkits provide step by step guidance for anyone planning to open their programming to Deaf/hard of hearing or blind/low vision patrons.

The handbooks are the result of an innovative three-year collaboration between Creative Trust and Picasso PRO, 2009-2012. The Art Access Program – a one-of-kind initiative in Ontario which was generously supported by Sun Life Financial and Ontario Trillium Foundation – encouraged and assisted performing arts companies to integrate access initiatives into their culture and programming, reaching out to Toronto’s disability and Deaf  communities and welcoming them into their audiences.

The Handbooks are available below. Accessible tagged pdf’s will be posted to replace them in the near future

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