Accessibility Program & Survival Seeds

SummerWorks produces two performing arts festivals annually and is widely recognized as one of the most important platforms for launching new work in Canada. Through industry events, now formalized as the SummerWorks Exchange, SummerWorks’festivals have become destinations for international presenters to seek out performances. The Exchange presents a platform for artists and arts professionals to learn from each other through open table discussions, talks and workshops. These events are built on a culture of learning and growth no matter the level of experience.

The Survival Seeds Program engages Switch Collective, an interdisciplinary performance group of Queer, Trans& Two Spirit artists. The program will develop a series of skill-sharing workshops with Parkdale community members that will allow participants to share stories about local wisdom and practices of survival and resistance. The project will culminate in a community-held performance in 2022.

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"The support of the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation has been profound; we are incredibly grateful that they recognize the clear and necessary relationship between heath and the arts. Their support has enabled us as an organization to lean into our core values of care, collaboration, diversity, and difference in meaningful ways, particularly over the pandemic. It has enabled us to collaborate with community partners such as Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre, and support artistic groups such as Switch Collective, to prioritize long-term engagement with underserved and underhoused communities in Parkdale with resources that support self determination, well being, and peer to peer learning. For many the experience has been remarked as life changing. From early workshops to the final large-scale public performances amplifying the stories and struggles of the Parkdale residents, AMDF's support help made this incredible work possible."

Laura Nanni

Artistic & Managing Director