CGAS RISER Found Festival

Letter to Audiences

Discussion Book a Step 3 Slot

Schedule

  • July 10, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
  • July 10, 02:00 pm–3:30 pm
  • July 10, 04:00 pm–5:30 pm

Location

8220 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E6, Canada

A project from Natércia Napoleão and April MacDonald Killins

Letter to Audiences, brought to you by artists Natércia Napoleão and April MacDonald Killins, is an equity in theatre themed project that consists of a three-part journey with the Found Fest community. This project brings together academic research, lived experience, and action-oriented community engagement in a podcast that audiences will experience for the first time as a roaming auditory experience in Old Strathcona during Found Fest 2021. Our goal is to forge a conversation with amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) arts patrons, showing where they have agency and power to profoundly shift the theatre industry.

STEP 1: SURVEY
First up, we invite audiences to stop by and participate in our YEG Theatre Patron Perspectives on Equity survey. Click here to participate! Findings will be released at a later date through Common Ground Arts.

STEP 2: PODCAST
Have you heard that theatre is going through a major reckoning in regards to equity? Click here during the Festival July 8-11 to listen to Natércia and April’s pilot episode of a new podcast exploring equity in Edmonton theatre.
Podcast is approximately 40 minutes in length.

Click here for a transcript of this podcast.

This podcast includes a discussion of marginalization and the experience of historically oppressed groups in the theatre. The conversation is solution-focused and seeks to engage listeners in a found experience of reflection that may lead to action.

STEP 3: CONVERSATION
For this step of the process, you will be asked to join Natércia, April, and a small number of other community members for a solution-focused conversation about equity in theatre. Each slot will be limited to six participants (including Natércia and April) to ensure everyone has space to share, reflect, and ask questions. We encourage artistic leaders and those with proximity to artistic resources to join us for these conversations to check in about lived experiences and ongoing challenges to equity in Edmonton theatre.

These conversations took place Saturday, July 10, 2021 as part of Found Festival.

Click here to learn more about Natércia and April.


OTHER RESOURCES:
https://www.facebook.com/natercia.napoleao
https://transposethestage.ca
https://www.theatrealberta.com/resources/yegaccessibilitygroup/
https://www.weseeyouwat.com
https://chromatictheatre.ca/yyc-theatre-stats/
https://yegtheatrestats.wordpress.com

SPECIAL THANKS:
Special thanks to Common Ground Arts Society for seeing the potential in this project, Eric and the Walterdale Theatre, Chloe Chalmers, Brianne Jang, and BB Photography.


TICKET PRICING
It’s darn important to us that Found Festival remains accessible for as many Foundsters in our community as possible. That includes making all tickets Offer What You Will. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. But if you’re able, we ask you please offer a donation. As a tiny but mighty arts org getting it done on passion and grit, Common Ground Arts Society relies on donations to help keep our scrappy operation afloat. Every offer you make goes directly toward supporting artists in our community.

We find ourselves in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Metis, and other indigenous peoples who have made this place home long before we settled here. For thousands of years, people have gathered here to share in story, community, and creative exchange.

We find ourselves thankful: thankful to play a small part in that long-standing tradition, a tradition carried on the shoulders of so many creators, builders, dreamers, agitators, and makers who came before us, and who will come long after us.

We find ourselves inspired: inspired by an evolving community of artists who passionately spark the magic that manifests when we surrender ourselves to the long summer days of this northern place.

We find ourselves grateful: grateful to everyone who rallies around this tiny but mighty Festival — the artists, the volunteers, the staff, the audience, the board, the mentors, the partners and sponsors, the funders, the believers. Found Festival exists because of you.