LISA ANITA WEGNER
Lisa is an artist, performer, filmmaker, producer and consultant who explores the possibilities of Madness and Disability as a source of communal activation; and Intangible Adorations Caravan (IAC) specifically aims to reclaim the performing caravan not as a site of display, but rather as a site of world-dismantling and a radical reclaiming of The Freakshow. This project boldly places disability arts centerstage, and animates disability as a difference that matters, without falling into the trope of highlighting disability itself.
Feature Aerialist / Performer
Erin Ball identifies as a Mad and Disabled circus artist living on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Ojibwe; Katarokwi, also known as Kingston, Ontario. She runs Kingston Circus Arts and is the co-founder of LEGacy Circus (a performance company co-created with Mad artist, Vanessa Furlong). Erin took a year off in March 2014 due to life changing events that resulted in having both lower legs amputated. She has since returned to her passion of training, coaching and performing with a focus of including as many people in her audiences, as collaborators and performers in shows, as well as students in her classes. She has traveled worldwide to perform and teach. She strives for representation, access and inclusion in the arts.
OTHER HEARTS COLLECTIVE
Other HeArts is a performance art collective made-up of Toronto art hooligans. Its core members are Yousef Kadoura, Sebastian Marziali, Stefne Mercedes and Harri Thomas. Performing as an ensemble since 2018 the group came together to create in a spirit of radical cosmopolitanism. Their vision is to draw from a plurality of experiences and disciplines to expand the boundaries of performance, in pursuit of accessibility, presence and shared experience.
Director of Programming at Tangled Art + Disability
Sean is an artist and curator exploring the notion of disability art and accessibility as the last avant-garde. His methodology reframes embodied difference as a means to resist traditional aesthetic idealities. Orienting towards a “crip horizon”, Sean gestures towards the transformative possibilities of a world that desires the way disability can disrupt. In addition to his position at Tangled, Sean is an independent curator, lecturer, and advisor, adding his insights and perspectives to conversations surrounding Disability Arts across Canada and the United States. Sean currently sits on the board of CARFAC Ontario, Creative Users Projects and is a member of the Ontario Art Council’s Deaf and Disability Advisory Committee and Toronto Art Council’s Visual and Media Arts Committee.
Executive Director at Tangled Art + Disability
Cyn has over 25 years experience in the non-profit arts sector as a fundraiser, communications specialist, artist, and administrator. Her career highlights include founding the Art of the Danforth festival, acting as inaugural Managing Director of East End Arts, helping establish the Next Stage festival during her tenure as Communications & Development Coordinator of the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival; and several years working with Hospital Audiences Inc. a group which provides innovative arts-access services in New York City. Cyn has a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Windsor, a Certified Fundraising Executive designation attained in 2009, and a diploma in Radio & Television Arts from The Northern Alberta Institute of Toronto.
Producer, Production Manager & Associate Artist
Melissa is a life-long visual artist and arts educator with a passion for helping people to tell important stories. She consciously marries creativity and business savvy in all of the work she produces and has being active, full-time in the film & TV industry as a production designer, costume designer and producer, since graduating from OCAD U’s Material Art & Design program in 2004. Additionally she’s built a 15+ year portfolio in writing, communications and journalism and got her start doing celebrity PR and styling. Melissa was recognized with an International Woman of Achievement Award in 2014 for her contributions to Canada’s Arts & Culture sector.
Curator, Year of Public Art at City of Toronto
As the Project Lead for Toronto’s Year of Public Art initiative, Joe Sellors is committed to successfully launching the City of Toronto’s new 10-year public art strategy with impact. Playing multiple roles over 13 years at the City of Toronto, Joe has worked with a variety of high-profile artists such as Ai Weiwei, Director X, JR, Douglas Coupland, and Daniel Lanois; leading the realization of several large-scale projects via roles as A/Manager of Programming, City Cultural Events and Production Lead for Nuit Blanche Toronto. As the Vice President and Director of Operations for the Design Exchange’s EDIT Festival in 2017, Joe led the launch of the highly publicized Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology held at the former Unilever Soap Factory located at the foot of the DVP. Joe perpetually exhibits a tireless passion for the city’s Arts & Culture sector and looks forward to expanding opportunities for artists, cultural organizations, and for people to engage and experience the power of art throughout the city.