Tag Archive | disability and the arts

New Book: “Not Guilty But Not Free” by Zerom Seyoum

A New Book by ‘Write From The Heart’ Graduate
Zerom Seyoum:
Not Guilty But Not Free
An insight into mental illness from 20 years of personal struggles in and out of a psychiatric hospital.
price: $17.50
purchase from author:
phone: 604-565-5515
cell: 604-828-8130
zeromseyoum86@hotmail.com 

March 12 – Funny in the Head and Fado

…the opening performance of the Kickstart Festival 2010!

She Laughed, She Cried
Friday, March 12  8pm

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
6265 Crescent Road
Vancouver

She Laughed, She Cried is an evening of fado and comedy that will move you
from tears to riotous laughter! The evening features two extraordinary and
very different artists who share a common ability to touch your heart.

Fado singer Sara Marreiros and her band open the evening. Dark and brooding or
gloriously ethereal, Sara’s sultry, sexy vocals are steeped in the passion of
saudade – the feeling of yearning that is part of the Portuguese soul.

Funny in the Head, a one-woman show by comedian, storyteller, writer and
mental health activist Jan Derbyshire. The show is the rollicking story of a
bipolar comedian’s fight to stay funny. She ultimately finds an answer to the
pressing question, “Is appearing normal a mental health act?”

Tickets: $22 ($16 students, seniors & fixed income) plus charges
www.ticketmaster.ca
604.280.3311

www.chancentre.com/whats-on/she-laughed-she-cried

Directions, Parking, Transit, Ticket Sales, and Accessibility at the Chan Centre:
www.ticketmaster.ca/Chan-Centre-For-The-Performing-Arts-tickets-Vancouver/venue/139280

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Kickstart Festival 2010 March 8 – 27
Art exhibitions, dance, music, theatre, workshops
www.kickstart-arts.ca/kickstartfestival.html

KICKSTART IS NOW ON FACEBOOK! JOIN US!
www.facebook.com/pages/Kickstart-Disability-Arts-and-Culture/318968627521?v=wall

Coming up next:

EarSighted Audio Description of a performance of SPINE, March 16 8pm
www.kickstart-arts.ca/audio-description.html

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Meg Torwl

Community Outreach Coordinator
Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture

www.kickstart-arts.ca

BrainStorm Poetry contest for consumers!

Eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest

ImageEnter the storm and speak your mind:
NISA’s eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest opens Jan. 4, 2010

The Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) is pleased to announce its eighth annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest, which runs from Jan. 4 to March 19, 2010 and is open to poets worldwide.

The annual contest is an effective way for NISA to showcase the work of its readers and other mental health consumers. This year, NISA hopes to receive more submissions from poets outside North America, in order to raise awareness and to educate the public on the realities of mental health in different geographic regions. Subject matter is entirely open and needn’t focus on one’s struggle with mental health; however, the BrainStorm contest is open exclusively to consumers and survivors of mental health services.

The contest is intended as a fundraiser for NISA’s literary magazine, Open Minds Quarterly, as well as a way of supporting consumers and survivors of mental health services by awarding prizes to the top three winners. Learn more about contest regulations and download entry forms here. Inquiries may be directed to Dinah Laprairie at
n
openminds@nisa.on.ca

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or +1-705-675-9193 ext. 8286.

Call for Submissions about Employment & Disability

Dear OMQ Contributors,
Please find below a call for submissions for first-person accounts about disability and employment. Open Minds and NISA aren’t affiliated with reachAbility, but it sounds to me like a good opportunity for our writers, so I’m passing along the news.
Wishing you all the best,
Dinah Laprairie
Editor, Open Minds Quarterly
Be inspired. Be moved. Be part of the change.
A publication of
NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action
680 Kirkwood Dr., Bldg. 1
Sudbury ON P3E 1X3
Canada
(705) 675-9193, ext. 8286
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reachAbility, a Canadian nonprofit association that fights for equality of rights for all Canadians with disabilities, is asking for submissions for a book to be published this year. The goal of the book is to raise awareness of the need for equality, break down barriers, and offer strategies and solutions for inclusion.
The submissions are first-hand accounts of employment experiences, and can be submitted in a variety of formats. Topics can include (but are not limited to) how your disability affected your getting a job, feelings of acceptance or exclusion from staff and management, and barriers encountered at work. Submission deadline is March 15, 2010.
See “The First Person Project,” February 5, 2010, at www.blogs.usask.ca/dss.

March 12: Jan Derbyshire performs Funny in the head!

Fado and Comedy

SHE LAUGHED, SHE CRIED

Fado with Sara Marreiros & Comedy with Jan Derbyshire
Friday, March 12, 2010. 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Telus Studio Theatre – Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. UBC

Opening the performance stream of the Kickstart Festival 2010. Fado singer
Sara Marreiros and her band bring music steeped in the passion of Portuguese
saudade (yearning). Jan Derbyshire performs Funny in the Head, the rollicking
story of a bipolar comedian’s fight to stay funny.

Tickets: $22 ($16 students, seniors & fixed income)
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/section. 604.280.3311

Kickstart Festival 2010 presented in partnership with
the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
http://www.chancentre.com/whats-on/she-laughed-she-cried

Directions, Parking, Transit, Ticket Sales, and Accessibility at the Chan Centre:
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Chan-Centre-For-The-Performing-Arts-tickets-Vancouver/venue/139280

Kickstart Festival 2010 March 8 – 27 Art exhibitions, dance, music, theatre,
workshops
http://www.kickstart-arts.ca/kickstartfestival.html

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KICKSTART FESTIVAL 2010 MARCH 8 – 27

Kickstart: join us on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kickstart-Disability-Arts-and-Culture/318968627521?v=wall

Register by MARCH 4th for Breath, Voice and Movement Workshop on March 14 and 19
http://www.kickstart-arts.ca/comingevents.html#workshops

BRIAN – BC Regional Integrated Arts Network Meeting March 13
http://www.kickstart-arts.ca/BRIAN.html

EarSighted Audio Description of Performances SPINE March 16
http://www.kickstart-arts.ca/audio-description.html

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More about: She Laughed, She Cried:

FUNNY IN THE HEAD, is a one-woman show by comedian, storyteller, writer and
mental health activist JAN DERBYSHIRE. The show is the rollicking story of a
bipolar comedian’s fight to stay funny. She ultimately finds an answer to the
pressing question, “Is appearing normal a mental health act?”

“Jan is an artist who is wildly talented, imaginative, and energetic… Jan’s
plays are rooted in a deep fascination with a good story… Her style is very
confident, funny and energizing.”
– Playwrights’ Workshop, Montreal

Jan’s previous shows include: Under the Big Top; Audition of the Embarrassed
Woman; The Opposite of Everything is True; Turkey in the Woods; The
Brotherhood of Mothers, A Modern Woman’s Guide to Female Impersonation;
Ingenious Speculations. Jan recently directed Kickstart’s Human Writes Story
Creation lab; Meg Torwl in That’s so gay!; the Massey Theatre’s Winter
Spectacular; and Herd of Women in Small Acts of Saying So.

Jan Derbyshire online: http://colossalsquid.blogspot.com/2008/12/inklings.html

FADO singer SARA MARREIROS and her band open the evening. Dark and brooding or
gloriously ethereal, Sara’s sultry, sexy vocals are steeped in the passion of
saudade – the feeling of yearning that is part of the Portuguese soul. A
professional musician and bandleader for 15 years, her recordings include the
albums Minhu Luz, Uma da Terr,  and Saltwater.

“Sara’s voice transports us to Portugal…to smokey bars and riversides…she
takes us from delight to despair and back again with the music and the
emotional scope she brings to her singing” – Sheryl McKay, CBC Radio

Sara Marreiros online: http://www.members.shaw.ca/lmarreiros/#

Telus Studio Theatre
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
6265 Crescent Road, UBC
$22 ($16 students, seniors & fixed income)
Tickets:  www.ticketmaster.ca
or 604.280.3311

Directions, Parking, Transit, Ticket Sales, and Accessibility at the Chan Centre:
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Chan-Centre-For-The-Performing-Arts-tickets-Vancouver/venue/139280

Meg Torwl

Community Outreach Coordinator
Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture

http://www.kickstart-arts.ca/

Come join me at Real Vancouver Writers’ & Culture Series Every Wednesday in February 2010 on W2: Community Media Arts Vancouver BC

Donna Chen

Donna Chen has invited you to the event ‘Real Vancouver Writers’ & Culture Series Every Wednesday in February 2010′ on W2: Community Media Arts Vancouver BC!

Come join us every Wednesday night in February for the Real Vancouver Writers Series consists of 4 weekly events showcasing local Vancouver writers, publishers and creative literary artists at W2!

Real Vancouver Writers' & Culture Series Every Wednesday in February 2010 Time: February 10, 2010 at 7pm to February 24, 2010 at 9pm
Location: W2 Culture + Media House
Organized By: Donna Chen

Event Description:
The Real Vancouver Writers Series consists of 4 weekly events showcasing local Vancouver writers, publishers
and creative literary artists at W2.

These evenings are designed to show the city and the world real and diverse Vancouver culture and real creative individuals in the literary and publishing communities at a time when the eyes of the world are on our city. Countless millions of people will want to know what real Vancouver culture looks like. We are determined to take the opportunity to show the world just how amazing, diverse, talented and fun our literary and publishing culture is!

Each night will showcase local writers doing short readings their work and/or interacting with a moderator, taking questions from the audience and will include book sales, signings, a multi-media component, music, cash bar, raffles and give-aways.

Every night will consist of writers that will give the in-house audience a glimpse of the variety of cultures, ethnicities,
forms and skills of writers living and working in Vancouver. It will showcase the writers, their books, their publishers and other support structures within the local community and the larger culture and publishing communities.

In conjunction with Books on the Radio and Geist Magazine.

February 3rd – Hosted by Sean Cranbury. Featuring: Richard Van Camp, John Burns, Brendan McLeod, Bruce Grenville, Cathleen With, Jennica Harper, Robert Chaplin

February 10th – Hosted by Charlie Demers. Featuring: Kevin Chong, Jen Sookfong Lee, Catherine Owen, Chris Walter, Peter Darbyshire, Jenn Farrell, Jane Sayers, Shay Wilson

February 17th – Hosted by Elizabeth Bachinsky. Featuring: Teresa McWhirter, Lee Henderson, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Heather Susan Haley, Chris Hutchinson, Dina Del Bucchia, Amber Dawn

February 24th – Hosted by TBA. Featuring: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Steven Galloway, Timothy Taylor, Rhonda Waterfall, The Yarnbombers Leann Prain and Mandy Moore, Weldon Hunter, McKinley M Hellenes.

DIFFERENT WRITERS EVERY WEEK
http://realvancouverwriters.com/

See more details and RSVP on W2: Community Media Arts Vancouver BC:

http://www.creativetechnology.org/events/event/show?id=2128459%3AEvent%3A28211&xgi=60fwpV2qDbXOhx&xg_source=msg_invite_event

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Opening at Havana “Reflections on Dreams and Shadows” a showing of Art Studios paintings

Please join The Art Studios for their opening of  a show of paintings
Reflections on Dreams and Shadows
at The Havana Gallery on
Sunday January 24th from 4-7pm.
Cate Curtis
Rehabilitation Assistant
The Art Studios
2005 East 44th Ave
Van BC V5P 1N1
(604 871 9788 ext 227

‘Frames of Mind’ January 20 Screening: Boy Interrupted

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present:

Boy Interrupted

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – 7:30pm
USA 2008. Director: Dana Perry
Every parent’s worst nightmare is, unquestionably, the death of their child — the very event experienced by Dana Perry in 2005 with the suicide of her 15-year-old son Evan. A documentary filmmaker by trade, Dana sought solace by creating a film to try to understand the mind of a boy who asked in his suicide note “only to be forgotten.” In this, her “Mother’s Lament,” Dana takes us back through 15 years of home movies and photographs to paint a portrait of a child who was different — and even obsessed with death — from a very early age; the “darkest of souls,” she calls him. Home movies of Evan at seven show him demonstrating how he might hang himself from his bunk bed. His first suicide attempt, at age 11, landed him in a treatment facility, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder — an echo of another family tragedy, the suicide of an uncle, years earlier. For Evan, medication and therapy seemed to be helping; as he moved into adolescence, things seem to be going well for the first time in years. The blow, when it comes, is devastating. “Mournful, pained and beautifully put together” (John Anderson, Variety). “Deeply absorbing . . . Boy Interrupted is hard to reckon with, but even harder to shake off” (Scott Foundas, LA Weekly). Colour, 92 mins.
Post-screening discussion with Judy Davies, Jude Paltzer and Dr. Jana Davidson.
Ms. Davies is a Child & Youth Suicide Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health and has been working in the realm of crisis and suicide intervention for more than 15 years. With a passion for suicide intervention and the belief that is possible to help keep people alive, she provides suicide consultation and education to community agencies within Vancouver; and numerous First Nation communities.
Ms. Platzer, a “survivor” of her son’s untimely death, is the executive director and founder of The Josh Platzer Society, a non- profit organization whose mission is to educate British Columbia youth and those around them about prevention and awareness of suicide.
Jana Davidson, MD, FRCP(C) is a child psychiatrist actively involved in clinical care, education and research. Dr Davidson is a Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry, UBC; Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Programs at BC Children’s Hospital and Program Head, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dept of Psychiatry, UBC.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Co-sponsored by Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDA), The Josh Platzer Society, the Crisis Centre and the Child & Adolescent Response Team (CART), Vancouver Community Mental Health Services.
Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

For more information, full reviews, trailers and ticketing information, visit our website or facebook page
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WithinSight eNews – issue 1

Subject: WithinSight eNews – issue 1

Issue 1 | Winter 2009
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Welcome to the first issue of WithinSight: mental health + substance use resources for multicultural communities!

WithinSight features BC resources about mental health, well-being, alcohol use and other drug use that are designed for multicultural and multilingual communities. In addition to keeping you up to date on new resources through our popular BC website HeretoHelp, we will feature other resources we like that can help you access resources in many languages. We will also profile resources we like that promote mental health and substance use dialogue among all British Columbians. Our goal is to bring these useful resources “within sight” of the service providers and communities that could be helped by them.

WithinSight is published by the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information and is delivered to your inbox every two months. It’s funded by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.

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New Multilingual Webpages on HeretoHelp
The BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information is launching a new section of the HeretoHelp website. This new section will provide webpages in many different languages, including Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi (Persian)/Dari, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Vietnamese. Mental health and substance use information in many languages will be easily accessible from the Here to Help homepage. Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/r> to check it out!

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Cultures West: Promoting Mental Health for Immigrants and Refugees
The Spring 2009 issue of Cultures West, the magazine of AMSSA (Association of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC), focuses on immigrant and refugee mental health. This issue covers a broad range of issues, including multicultural services for children and youth, interpreting in mental health, postpartum depression in immigrant women and first-person perspectives. Be sure to check out the comprehensive list of multicultural mental health and substance use resources at the back of the magazine.

To access a PDF of the issue directly, visit www.amssa.org<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/y>.To order a print version of Cultures West, contact AMSSA at 604-718-2780 in Greater Vancouver or toll-free at 1-888-355-5560 outside of the Lower Mainland.

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SUCCESS Counselling Services
SUCCESS is a multi-service agency that promotes the well-being of all Canadians and Chinese immigrants. They offer many counselling services in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). Their programs include:

 *   Individual, couples and family counselling
 *   Respectful Relationships and Relationship Violence
 *   Problem gambling counselling and a problem gambling hot line
 *   Chinese help lines staffed by trained volunteers, available every day from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Depending on the program, they accept self-referrals and referrals from other agencies or ministries. For more information on SUCCESS Counselling Services, including contact information for individual programs and referral processes, visit www.successbc.ca<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/j>.

While many SUCCESS services are based in the Lower Mainland, they have a service centre in Ft. St. John that can help answer individual enquires, connect people with community resource and orientate new immigrants. To contact the Ft. St. John office, call 250-785-5323.

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Diversity Health Fair 2010
AMSSA (Association of Multicultural Service Societies and Service Agencies of BC) will host Diversity Health Fair 2010 on May 29, 2010. This year’s theme is “Promoting Healthy Living.” The fair will feature health and dental screenings, cooking and fitness demonstrations, and other demonstrations and information in many languages. Admission is free! Diversity Health Fair will be held in Vancouver at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit the website at www.amssa.org/healthfair2010<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/t> or call 604-718-2780.

Let us know about your multilingual mental health or substance use programs, services, agencies, publications or events! If you have any ideas or suggestions for WithinSight, please send them to withinsight@heretohelp.bc.ca<mailto:withinsight@heretohelp.bc.ca>.

About Us | WithinSight is produced by the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, a group of provincial mental health and addictions agencies – AnxietyBC, BC Schizophrenia Society, Canadian Mental Health Association’s BC Division, Centre for Addiction Research of BC at UVic, FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health, Jessie’s Hope Society, and Mood Disorders Association of BC. Since 2003, we’ve been combining our efforts to help individuals and families better manage mental health and substance use problems. BC Partners work is funded by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services. For more information, please visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/i>.

Disclaimer | This newsletter contains information collected from a variety of sources, individuals and organizations that we consider reliable. However, the information and links provided do not necessarily represent the views of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Under no circumstances shall BC Partners members be held liable for any damages, losses, demands or claims. WithinSight does not share your email address or use it for purposes other than delivering the e-newsletter. If you would like to know more about our efforts to protect your privacy, please contact withinsight@heretohelp.bc.ca<mailto:withinsight@heretohelp.bc.ca>.

PossABILITIES

New Quarterly Newspaper for People with Disabilities Launched in Surrey  [back to top]
The Surrey Now newspaper, a Canwest publication, has recently announced the launch of PossABILITIES Now, a quarterly publication designed for people with a variety of disabilities. PossABILITIES Now will explore areas such as education work, community, relationships, lifestyle and many other aspects of life for people with disabilities. This newspaper-style publication aims to provide multiple perspectives, and will include a special paralympics edition. To get involved with PossABILITIES Now, either through booking adspace or editorial/distribution opportunities, contact Kim Rose at krose@thenownewspaper.com or 604-572-0064.