Eaton Lecture Hall (80 Gould Street), Room 204
Canada is in a housing crisis. On any given night, over 35,000 Canadians do not have a place to go home to. Declining wages, withdrawal of federal government support, reduced benefits and a severe lack of affordable housing are all contributing factors.
Too often, art is seen as entertainment. What happens when art is actually activism? Where do low-income people fit in? What happens when low-income people are involved in community art projects or individual activist works?
Means of Production Speakers’ Series at Ryerson University, a project of The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought, presents an interactive lecture with Dr. Alex Abramovich and Cathy Crowe, leaders in homeless advocacy. They will address the ways in which community accountability, dialogue, and sometimes even co-creation can work between activist artists and homeless community members. Admission is FREE.
Cathy Crowe is a well-known social activist, educator, and nurse. Crowe is a street nurse and has worked on issues such as shelter conditions and inadequate housing, for over two decades. She has been the subject of documentaries and participated in several video projects with homeless populations. Crowe is currently a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner at Ryerson University and holds 5 honourary Doctorates from universities across Canada.
Dr. Alex Abramovich is a nationally recognized leader in the area of LGBTQ youth homelessness and is one of few Canadian researchers studying the phenomenon of queer and trans youth homelessness. Alex’s research has been highlighted extensively by the media, including, The Current, CBC, NOW Magazine, CBC Ottawa, and the Huffington Post. Alex’s work as a video artist has included documentary, digital storytelling and most recently a “Brokered Dialogue Project” where homeless youth speak directly to policy makers via video.