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A Mini-Art Festival and Speakers Series

We are thrilled to be working with two Guest Curators for this years EMMA Talks!

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ABOUT EMMA TALKS

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ACCESS INFO

EMMA is a Mini-Art Festival and Speakers Series. The core purpose of EMMA talks is to bring important stories by women identified* writers, activists, thinkers, storytellers, makers and doers, from the periphery to the public.

Together their stories will build a powerful and engaging collection of talks, celebrating and building on the conversations, imaginings, and hard work of so many individuals, communities and movements, which will lead to a creative cross-pollination of ideas.

*including two spirited, trans and gender non-conforming folks.

  1. The donations will be divided in two:

    a. 50% of donations at the door goes to the speaker’s choice of cause/project/individuals

    b. 50% will pay all the tech and support staff

  2. Speakers will be paid by partnering institutions and grants

  1. We will produce terrific, high-quality video shorts of each EMMA talk for our website so that folks can share widely, and thus amplify the speakers’ voices and ideas.

EMMA Talks (both the live and the digital formats) will be professionally produced, accessible monologues.

EMMA Talks will counteract the social silencing of women’s stories and work.

EMMA Talks carves out a well-deserved space for women identified folks to share their stories and their work with a diverse and large audience.

Each EMMA Talk will begin and end with a short social gathering, co-hosted by SFU. This also includes a facilitated community engaged art making time. This social gathering and art making will be in place of a Q & A and will allow for folks to meet one another, to converse and share thoughts from the talks.

We strive to create (with you!) a social, financial, environmental and physically accessible space.
We recognize that a complex and nuance access is always emergent and fluid, and we welcome your feedback.

  • The route to the World Art Centre and other Cinemas are accessible, elevators, wide corridors.
  • World Art Centre has unfixed seating.
  • Most events  will provide free food (see event details)
  • Bathrooms on the second floor are gender neutral.
  • These events are for all ages. we are unable to host a childcare option on these premises
  • We will have our own hospitality ushers meeting folks on Hastings.
  • There will be a sign language interpreter on stage.
  • Scent-reduction* please refrain from wearing perfume and other scented-body products.
  • EMMA Talks (both the live and the digital formats) will be professionally produced, accessible monologues.
  • Read all the ways to “get here” on SFU’s website

Please contact us with any access needs at access@emmatalks.org

*we acknowledge that this is not straight forward, and that generally it can cost a lot more money to be scent free… so, we are happy to talk further about how to combat it together.

EVENT DETAILS

Each EMMA has a similar flow to the evening:

The evening starts at 6 pm for a pre-talk living room style reception, where there will be free light snacks, a cash bar, some interactive art-making facilitated by local artists (TBA)

The Talks will begin at 7 pm sharp, and will be proceeded by a 30 min social gathering (come for 6 pm to meet everyone!)

Both social gatherings will be in place of a Q & A and will allow for folks to meet one another, to converse and share thoughts from the talks. co-hosted by SFU.

The Talk is located at SFU: 149 West Hastings Street

PARTNERS

Our core partner is with SFU’s Vancity Community Engagement. We also partner with:

First Nations Studies Program 

SFU Institute for the Humanities

FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION, ART AND TECHNOLOGY

EMMA Talks is part of Arts In Action! (thank you!)

In partnering with these amazing folks and institutions, we are able to support our grassroots initiatives and also pay everyone involved, including women technicians — something that is very important to us.

If you would like to Partner with us, send us an email — thanks!

ACCESS INFO

We strive to create (with you!) a social, financial, environmental and physically accessible space.
We recognize that a complex and nuance access is always emergent and fluid, and we welcome your feedback.

  • The route to the World Art Centre and other Cinemas are accessible, elevators, wide corridors.
  • World Art Centre has unfixed seating.
  • Most events  will provide free food (see event details)
  • Bathrooms on the second floor are gender neutral.
  • These events are for all ages. we are unable to host a childcare option on these premises
  • We will have our own hospitality ushers meeting folks on Hastings.
  • There will be a sign language interpreter on stage.
  • Talks are in English.
  • Scent-reduction* please refrain from wearing perfume and other scented-body products.
  • EMMA Talks (both the live and the digital formats) will be professionally produced, accessible monologues.
  • Read all the ways to “get here” on SFU’s website

Please contact us with any access needs at access@emmatalks.org

*on scent: we acknowledge that this is not straight forward and we are happy to talk further about how to combat this together.

Tahia Ahmed
Guest Curator / Former MC

Tahia is a passionate advocate for dialogue and collaborative change making. She actively strives to bridge the worlds of academia and community in all of her work. Tahia consciously uses her cis-gendered, settler, female, Bangladeshi, Muslim identity to produce cognitive dissonance in the spaces she inhabits. She is thrilled to engage and work with the women of EMMA Talks. Tahia can also be found working in community with youth in her role as Coordinator of the City of Victoria Youth Council on unceded Lekwungen lands and waters. She trusts in the words of Arundhati Roy, “another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

Michelle Nahanee
Guest Curator

Michelle Nahanee is a member of the Squamish Nation. She grew up in Eslha7an, and then East Vancouver, and works within the intersection of class, race, culture and creativity. As a communications consultant and graphic artist, Michelle has worked on social justice projects for First Nations organizations across Canada and within her own Nation. From health promotion to gender equity, Michelle’s collaborations have influenced opinions, changed behaviours and mobilized community action. She is a supportive leader who is most comfortable behind the scenes—contributing to projects that improve First Nations realities for the last 20 years. Michelle has a GED from Native Education Centre, an honours media diploma from BCIT, a Bachelor of Professional Communications from RRU and is currently completing her MA in Communications at SFU with a thesis on decolonizing identities. She is grateful for her teachings and excited to present an EMMA Talk.

Melanie Matining
MC

Melanie Matining is a queer pinay activist, community organizer, and settler on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Her work focuses on the importance of social spaces in movement building and the necessary intersections of community-determined access, placemaking, and solidarity building. She convenes communities to create platforms for celebration, healing, and just dancing it all out. Melanie makes up one half of the duo that brings us Denim Vest, a queer sweaty dance party for the people. In the recent past, she also worked as the Community Development Manager at Heartwood, a social space that was centred on community and movement building. Amidst the towering cranes, she continues her work in advocating for accessible and inclusive spaces in the city.

Melanie walks everyday in love and liberation along side her communities working towards queer rights, Indigenous solidarity, and migrant justice.

Vivienne McMaster
EMMA Talks Event Photographer

Vivienne is a Vancouver based photographer, workshop leader and positive body image advocate. She helps folks around the world see themselves with compassion through their own camera lens. Her photographs have been seen in such places as Oprah.com and the The Huffington Post, and she has been featured in numerous books. She loves to help people feel seen and comfortable though the camera and documenting empowering events. You can find out more about her at www.beyourownbeloved.com

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EMMA Talks – Oct 19, 2017
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