April 5, 2022

Implementation of the recommendations in the Kojo Institute Equity Plan for AMPD continue actively through the last weeks of the winter 2022 term. As we near the end of the academic year, we focus on a number of events, presentations and culminating events that showcase both exceptional work by AMPD students, but also introduce them to the work of exceptional artists and professionals in their fields.

This month, we focus on events – lectures, performances, and workshops – highlighting the work of diverse international artists. These AMPD events include both diverse artists, thinkers and creators, but also touch on themes.

Events & Presentations focusing on Indigenous, Black and creators of colour as well as on themes, topics and issues in equity, diversity, decolonization and inclusion across the fields of the arts, media, performance and design.

  • Sensorium series Regeneration: All Our Relations presents Danis Goulet – Indigenous Futurism in Film Co-presented by Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts & Technology, the Department of Cinema & Media Arts at York University, and imagineNATIVE Film Festival.
  • Presentation from Prof. Archer Pechawis, Assistant Professor Indigenous Performance (Theatre & Visual Art, York University) Presented by Sensorium
  • Celebrating Canadian Women in Jazz featuring Allison Au, Tara Davidson and Amanda Tosoff (Music)
    World Music Festival (Music)
  • Media Arts Futures: In Conversation with Evan Narcisse, Writer of Comics, Video Games and Animation. Discussion on the intersection of media arts, blackness and popular culture. (Cinema and Media Arts)
  • Everybody by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins (Theatre)
  • Masterclass with Annmarie Morais, Co-Showrunner/Executive Producer of The Porter (Mondays at 9pm EST on CBC and streaming on CBC Gem) Moderated by Screenwriting faculty: Ingrid Veninger and Howard Wiseman (Cinema and Media Arts)
  • Vanessa Machado de Oliveira Andreotti, “Hospicing Modernity” for the Wendy Michener lecture (AMPD)

Other Activities

Colleagues in the Dance Department have formally revised their audition process to decentre ballet as the primary expression dance form for admission into the program and have scheduled upcoming departmental retreats with advice from the Equity Advisors through the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of the Vice-President for Equity, People and Culture.

The Department of Design hosted a community townhall to discuss responses to racism.
The EDDI committee of AMPD Faculty Council continues its work to establish collaborative working groups across the School, including plans for affinity groups to be forthcoming in the fall of 2022. Information on these groups and how to participate will be circulated regularly.

Thank you for reading and please let us know if there are other events, activities and items that should be included in the next update.