I.D.E.A. | Your Voice, Our Community

Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility

A Symposium for Visual and Performing Artists & Facilitators

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2022
8:30 – 3:00PM

Attendance is FREE | All food and beverages provided

Registration Closes: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 4:30PM 

Event Location: CFWI The Aurora Armory, 89 Mosley Street, Aurora 

Creating a space of creative inspiration, interaction and engagement to further the role of IDEA in the arts and into the community.

The Aurora Cultural Centre welcomes artists, facilitators and members of the arts community for a vibrant weekend of inspiring keynotes, incredible performances and workshops. 

Meet the people that will help you to color and ignite your artistic world, share your expertise and vision, widen your creative circle, and establish connections to expand and broaden your career.  

This is an opportunity to experience the incredible; motivational talks, inspirational music and art and a fantastic networking opportunity for people working in the arts. Bring your story and your business cards. 

This event is offered at no charge; register today, space is limited!


Saturday, June 25

Day One

Saturday, June 25

8:30 – 9:30am — Arrival/Breakfast Social

9:30 – 9:40am — Land Acknowledgement and Welcome

9:40 – 10:20am — Opening Keynote Concert: Taylor James McKinnon – Finding My Voice

10:30 – 11:30am — Workshop: Dr. Gerard Yun (Professor at WLU)

11:30 – 12:00pm — Connection Break  

12:00 – 12:45pm — Lunch/Art Reflection with Courtney Revie

1:00 – 2:00pm — Performance in the Round featuring: 

Mimi O’Bonsawin (Singer/Songwriter), Dr. Gerard Yun, Lucas Tensen (Composer/Multi-instrumentalist), facilitated by Glenn Marais

2:20 – 3:00pm — Closing Keynote: Phiona Strong (Aurora Black Community President)

Sunday, June 26

Day Two

Sunday, June 26

8:30 – 9:30am — Arrival/ Breakfast Social

9:30 – 9:40am — Land Acknowledgement and Welcome 

9:40 – 10:20am — Opening Keynote: Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux (Chair of Truth and Reconciliation-Lakehead University) 

10:30 – 11:30am — Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Facilitated Discussion in the Round with Jan Beaver  

11:30 – 12:00pm — Connection Break 

12:00 – 12:45pm — Lunch/Art Reflection with Lauri Hoeg 

1:00 – 1:40pm — Closing Keynote: LGBT Elders, Have We Lost Our Voice? – Grant Peckford (Director of Strategic Partnerships & Community Relations – York Pride) 

1:45 – 2:00pm — Closing Activity: Setting Intentions and Word Wall  

Join us Saturday night for Constellations Music Festival: Under One Sky

A celebration of Afro-Cuban, Haitian and Brazilian Music for all!

Free Event | No Registration Required
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Aurora Town Park


Special room rates available from Hospitality Sponsor Microtel for Symposium Weekend bookings made prior to June 1, 2022. Please see Registration Form above for details and link.


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