SK Arts is hosting a free, virtual speakers series on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the arts sector.  

January 20: Manuela Valle-Castro

Manuela Valle-Castro standing in front of a bookshelf

Manuela Valle-Castro.

Manuela Valle-Castro (she/her, they/them) is the Director of Social Accountability at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. She is originally from Chile and has Mestiza (Spanish-Italian and Afro-Indigenous) background. She holds a PhD in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from the University of British Columbia. The title of her talk is "Beyond diversity and inclusion: understanding equity and systemic oppression". In this workshop, we will explore the limitations of focusing on diversity and inclusion to effectively address systemic inequities, and introduce the framework of equity as a new language to understand power, privilege and oppression. 

 

February 17: Tarah Hogue

Tarah Hogue

Tarah Hogue.

Tarah Hogue will reflect on how equity has shaped her curatorial practice and advocacy work. Hogue is a curator, writer and cultural worker. She is Curator (Indigenous Art) at Remai Modern in Saskatoon and holds an MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia, and a BA in Art History from Queen’s University. She has previously held positions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, grunt gallery, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Hogue is board co-chair of the Indigenous Curatorial Collective, and is a founding member of the Shushkitew Collective. She is a citizen of the Métis Nation and Canada, and was raised on the border between Treaty 6 and 7 territories in Red Deer.

 

March 24: Nataleah Hunter-Young

Nataleah Hunter Young

Nataleah Hunter Young.

Nataleah Hunter-Young is a writer, film curator, and Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Black Studies at Queen’s University. She is also a PhD Candidate in Communication and Culture (X University/York University) and International Programmer (Africa, Arab language cinema) at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Her doctoral research considers the social and cultural impacts of social media videos documenting anti-Black police brutality through the discursive interpretations of three Black visuals artists in Canada, the USA, and South Africa. You can find her recent writing with Canadian Art, Xtra, the Gardiner Museum, and issue #58 of Public: Art | Culture | Ideas titled “Smoke: Figures, Genres, Forms." Hunter-Young will be talking about her research, which considers the social and cultural impacts of social media videos documenting anti-Black police brutality through the interpretations of three Black visuals artists in Canada, the USA, and South Africa.

Pre-reading: https://www.cbc.ca/arts/in-toronto-black-creatives-are-finding-ways-to-transform-the-city-with-powerful-public-interventions-1.6046760