MEET THE EAAC! APA’s Showcasing Equity and Accessibility Statement

As a response to the lack of diversity in the artists selected for past Contact East showcases, APA reached out to our networks to assemble a committee of individuals with ties to Black, Indigenous, racialized, disability and Mad arts, and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities in Atlantic Canada.

The paid work of the Equity Action Advisory Committee (EAAC) has included giving APA resources and guidance on how to welcome more artists and arts leaders from these identified communities. They have taught APA much in this process and their continued input, guidance and advice is helping APA create accessible and equitable pathways to connect artists with presenters and their communities.

Additionally, the EAAC has been supporting and advising APA on a new, fairer process to select an equitable and diverse artist selection committee (formerly jury) that chooses which artists showcase at Contact East 2021. As a result, for the first time this year, APA put out a call for applications to assemble the artist selection committee, as opposed to hand-picking individuals from APA’s membership, as was done in past years. And for the first time, the work of the selection committee was monetarily compensated.

This is our commitment:

Showcasing Equity and Accessibility Statement

APA acknowledges that past selection processes were not fair, accessible or equitable to all and that this is the first step towards more equitable representation on stages across Atlantic Canada.

APA acknowledges the value that lived and community-based experiences and practices have in creating fair artist selection processes.

The APA, (board and staff) will select a Contact East showcase artist selection committee made up of presenters, industry professionals, artists and community members who expressed interest in the call for applications. This committee will choose the artists for the showcases at the annual Contact East event.

The artist selection committee will make their showcase choices based on artistic merit and art form diversity, regional representation, tourability, as well as a number of equity and lived experience lenses. The selection committee themselves will have diverse gender representation and representation from communities such as racialized people, Indigenous people and people from the 2SLGBTQIA+, disability and Mad arts community.

Showcasing artists chosen by the selection committee will have equitable gender representation and representation from communities such as racialized people, Indigenous people and people from the 2SLGBTQIA+, disability and Mad arts community.

APA is committed to implementing and upholding equitable and accessible practices in choosing the selection committee members and showcasing artists and will provide any needed support to ensure fair and equitable representation.

Meet the EAAC!

We are very proud of the work the EAAC has helped the APA to accomplish thus far. This is who they are:

Raeesa Lalani

Vice President

Jenelle Duval

Board Member