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With the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, in partnership with Tangled Arts + Disability, British Council Canada has officially launched a pioneering Relaxed Performance (RP) training program that will see the activation and animation of RP in arts and performance venues across Canada over the next two years.

In 2016 the British Council invited six Canadian artists and cultural organizers invested in advocating for accessible arts to be trained by UK’s Include Arts. Now certified trainers ‘in the making’, the team of Access Activators will bring their knowledge and energy to support organizations across Canada to integrate Relaxed Performance into their programming.

We wish to invite you and your organization to be among our leading participants in this exciting program!

What is a Relaxed Performance?
Relaxed performances were initially designed to make theatre spaces more comfortable and welcoming to audience members with autism spectrum disorders, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. Other audience members who benefit from Relaxed Performances include parents with toddlers, people with Tourette's syndrome, people who experience anxiety or even people who just don’t enjoy the conventions that are experienced in a traditional theatre setting.

Why should your organization offer Relaxed Performances?
As well as complying with federal and provincial accessibility legislation, expanding your programming in ways that welcome disability will improve your sustainability as a cultural space while putting your organization on the map. More importantly, it is imperative that all audiences be able to experience arts and culture without barriers. Join us in helping to make our arts and cultural sector more inclusive.

What will the program look like?
The Relaxed Performance training provided by the Access Activators will include the following 3 levels.




1. The Foundation: The Principles of a Relaxed Performance

Tuesday, October 10, 10am-3:30pm

(We encourage all staff to attend including the Artistic Director, General Manager, programming team, box office staff, front of house staff, marketing and communications, audience development team and volunteers.)
Duration: 5 hours including lunch and two breaks

The foundation workshop provides a basic overview of Relaxed Performance, what it is, who is it for, how it started and examples of what it can look like in practice. This overview will include information about building a Visual Story and how to work with artists and producers so that the integrity of the artwork is never compromised when integrating a Relaxed Performance.

  • Social and medical models of disability

  • History and variances of Relaxed Performance model

  • What is Autistic Spectrum Disorder?

  • Elements of Relaxed Performance

2. Getting the Word Out: Marketing and Audience Development

Wednesday, October 11, 10am-1pm

(For Marketing and communications, audience development and outreach staff/team)
Duration: 3 hours

This workshop is geared towards your organization's marketing and communications team and will look at the various ways that your team can engage audiences who may want to take advantage of a Relaxed Performance program. This session will include a workshopping opportunity that will invite your marketing/communications staff to start brainstorming how they will successfully market a future RP event.

  • Understanding who your audience is.

  • Selling tickets

  • Marketing, language and communication

  • Measuring your success

2. Opening the Doors: Front of House Staff and Box Office

Wednesday, October 11, 2-5pm

(For Front of House and box office staff and volunteers)
Duration: 3 hours

The 2nd level, Opening the Doors workshop provides training support to your organization’s front of house staff and volunteers on engaging audience members in a Relaxed environment. This workshop aims to enhance awareness around different experiences that your audience members might have at the theatre and to help staff feel more confident accommodating your audience.

  • What to expect at a RP

  • Front of House policy and procedure

  • Accessible environments

  • Communication and behaviours



Fees:

We are requesting a registration fee of $270. This fee will secure your spot for participation in all three sessions for up to 10 members of your organization.

If you would like to bring more people, please contact Lindsay at lindsay@tangledarts.org to see if there are any extra spots.

Deadline to register: Tuesday October 3rd, 2017

Accessibility: This venue is located off the Jack Singer Concert Hall Lobby in Arts Commons and is wheelchair accessible. For more information about accessibility, please visit: https://www.artscommons.ca/whoweare/artscommons/visitorinformation/accessibilityinformation


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