As the Aurora Cultural Centre grows and learns how to serve all communities, we act intentionally to create opportunities for artists from vulnerable or marginalized groups who face systemic barriers that have limited their ability to participate in the arts. We seek to work with individuals with lived experience in communities defined in society as Indigenous, Black and other racialized minorities, Persons with Disabilities, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and the artistic organizations that work with these artists. We look to create and sustain community relationships, and invite professional artists and organizations who want a voice and platform to:
- Show their visual art,
- Share their musical talent,
- Share their storytelling in performing arts for young people,
- Teach their art to others in the community as a paid instructor,
- Join us as volunteers, and
- Build collaborative artistic products in visual and performing arts.
We are ready to act. We invited an I.D.E.A. Collaborative Working Group to come together to support the planning of our initiatives with sensitivities to the communities with whom we wish to connect and serve. We honour the past participation of diverse artists who have been ready to participate with us, and work to actively break down barriers, create safer spaces, and build new opportunities for participation.
We are initiating conversations inviting the community to add their voices as we decolonize language, listen and learn, and together build the programing we all participate in.
If we encounter resistance to participating with us, we will be curious to discern why, to build understanding, strengthen our initiative, and learn from the experience. When we make mistakes, we will acknowledge them, apologize, and learn from them so we can do better.