By Gabrielle Provencher, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
Stop by City Hall today to see the Roadshow, focusing onbringing awareness and encouraging dialogue about the problem of sexual assault!
The Roadshow is a pop-up participatory art gallery in a shipping container.The retrofitted, glass fronted container will travel on a flat bed truck to 15 cities in Ontario over a three year period. At each stop, local artists will work with anti-violence experts and community participants to create, curate and exhibit art that “talks back” to sexual assault.
Recently, there has been unprecedented dialogue and awareness about the crime and sexual violence generally. The Roadshow serves as work space and an exhibition site for multiple art forms that will further that dialogue in creative, community based and transformative ways.
Toronto artists Mosa McNeilly and Apanaki Temitayo Minerve will conduct scheduled workshops from September 11th to the 18th, and provide opportunities for passersby in Nathan Phillips Square to get involved. Art created in Roadshow stops in Toronto, Oshweken and Hamilton will be on display inside the container.
The Roadshow is a project by sexual assault activist Jane Doe and artist/activist Lillian Allen. It is funded by the Ontario Arts Council and sponsored by VTape, the source for video and new media. It is also committed to working with Indigenous, Black, racicalized, Trans, gender non-conforming and other artists and participants disproportionately affected by sexual violence.
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