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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
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Sunday 12 pm → 6 pm

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1 Mar 18·5:00 PM

A New Path to the Waterfall

Carmen Papalia: Open Access: Practicing Accessibility Together

Offsite at Lord Strathcona Elementary School

A photograph of a piece of white cloth on a wall of a classroom. A phrase, '"open access is..." is printed in the middle of the cloth, and other handwritten ideas, including "not being judged" are written in the margins.

From ‘Open Access: Practicing Accessibility Together’ with Carmen Papalia, January 24, 2018. Photography by Danielle Green

For the third part of A New Path to the Waterfall, artist and disability activist Carmen Papalia introduced Ms. Persoon’s grade 6/7 class at Lord Strathcona Elementary to Open Access; the model of five guiding principles for accessibility he produced in 2015. In a weekly program that included exercises ranging from running with eyes shut to staging a solidarity march for Open Access on school grounds, the group engaged in a dialogue about their subjective access needs leading toward a new model for mutual support.

Join them on March 1 as they share points in their process and reveal their collective statement for accessibility in the classroom.

A New Path to the Waterfall is generously supported by TELUS Community Board, Vancouver Foundation, Artstarts/Artists in the Classroom and the Hamber Foundation. The Contemporary Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges support for the Burrard Marina Field House Studio Residency Program from Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the City of Vancouver, along with many private and individual donors.