Canada Council Seeks Deaf and Disabled Artists for Study on Arts Practices

The following is excerpted from a call issued by the Canada Council for the Arts.

In May 2018, the Research, Evaluation and Performance Measurement Section of the Canada Council for the Arts began working with the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a team of university researchers in order to carry out a study which aims to document the Deaf and disability arts practices in Canada.

Research Goal

Led by a team composed of Deaf, disabled, and allied researchers and artists from various universities, this research will contribute to a better understanding of:

  • the issues surrounding Deaf and disability arts;
  • collaborations between Deaf and disability arts sectors and art sectors more broadly and;
  • practices which allow for the recognition, support, and promotion of the practices of Deaf and disability artists.

The study will allow for an update to, and elaboration on, the research conducted in 2010 by Rose Jacobson and Geoff McMurchy (Focus on Disability and Deaf Arts in Canada).

Research Philosophy

This project is based on a collaborative approach, including:

  1. participative and inclusive data collection methods, and;
  2. consideration of the power dynamics between researchers, practitioners, and members of marginalized communities.

The study includes a literature review, a statistical analysis, and a content analysis of interviews and focus groups. This research project has received ethics approval from the Institutional Ethics Committee on Research with Human Participants (CIEREH) of UQAM.

Call for Participants

  1. Are you a Deaf or disabled artist who would like to participate in an interview?
  2. Are you a member of an artistic or cultural organization who would like to participate in a focus group?

Approximately 30 Deaf and disabled artists as well as 50 members of artistic and cultural organizations will be consulted in June, July, and August 2018.

You are invited to contact the research team at the following email address:

Call for participation | Interviews | Deaf or disabled artists: (.doc) (.pdf)
Call for participation | Focus Groups | Members of artistic and cultural organizations: (.doc) (.pdf)

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