Arts Ahead presents REAWAKENINGS: ART AS A CATALYST


Centennial College’s annual student symposium, Arts Ahead, is proud to present a new digital edition themed Reawakenings: Art as a Catalyst, February 16-17, 2022.

The two-day event will explore the theme of art as a catalyst for change and revitalization in the 21st century, as well as other topics such as artistic expression in the digital space and how to respond to barriers and career changes. A workshop will also be devoted to another aspect of our mission, namely how to find ways to reconnect in a meaningful way after the greatest disruption in our lives.

Arts Ahead will welcome panelists from across Canada. On February 16, a panel on “Arts Uprising: Creative Dissent in the 21st Century” will feature Claude Schryer, artist, arts administrator, host, cultural worker and podcaster; Parul Pandya, community builder, educator, programmer and producer; and Sedina Fiati, performer, producer, director, creator and activist. Together they will discuss the role of activism and how art can be used as a method to conceal oppressive structures within our communities.

Also on the first day, a workshop will be led by Mary Krohnert, actress, art therapist and social arts practitioner, on the theme: “Introspection: emerging from isolation with new perspectives”.

On February 17, a second panel will be devoted to the subject of “Technology Trends: Artistic Freedom in a Digital Space”, featuring Aljumaine Gayle, artist and creative technologist; Shonee, digital media artist; and Arthur Yeung, multidisciplinary artist, producer and programmer. They will share their experience of working with digital technologies and reflect on their consequences for artists.

Day two attendees will also enjoy an electrifying performance by Toronto’s Fall for Dance North, while a second workshop on “Professional Pathway: Responding to Roadblocks and Career Changes” will be hosted by Mona Afshari, Marketing & Communications Manager, and Diane Davy, Executive Director, of WorkInCulture.

Arts Ahead will take place on February 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on February 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are available at artsahead.org (student rates available).

The Arts Lovers and Home Designer Experience packages are also on sale at artsahead.org. Ticket sales and experience packages help offset the costs of running the event.

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