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Register for a Conflict Resolution/De-escalation Workshop
Conflict Resolution workshop Equity invites you to join us online for Conflict Resolution/De-escalation, a workshop designed to help artists gain a practical understanding of how to manage conflict in the creative process and de-escalate a situation in the workplace.

From onboarding, contracting, creating work, providing creative support and presentation, the session will address ways artists and arts organizations can work together effectively. A key part of this will be addressing potential and real conflicts in working with artists and how to de-escalate and resolve them.

Key takeaways from this session will be:
  • the importance of communications and spending time to understand artists interests and needs
  • systemic barriers to consider in connecting with diverse artists and arts practices
  • addressing and de-escalating/resolving conflict and potential legal issues

Date: Monday, January 16th
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Online via Zoom

ASL interpretation will be provided for this event.

To attend, please register here.

Feel free to submit a question in advance while registering to ensure it is asked during the webinar!
Your instructors:

Conflict Resolution workshop charles c. smith is a poet, playwright and essayist who has written and edited twelve books. He studied poetry and drama with William Packard, editor of the New York Quarterly Magazine, at New York University and Herbert Berghof Studios. He also studied drama at the Frank Silvera’s Writers’ Workshop in Harlem. He won second prize for his play Last Days for the Desperate from Black Theatre Canada, has edited three collections of poetry (including the works of Dionne Brand, Marlene Nourbese Phillips, Claire Harris, Cyril Dabydeen, Lillian Allen, George Elliot Clarke, Clifton Joseph), has four published books of poetry and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines. charles was the founder of the Black Perspectives Cultural Program in Regent Park and recently received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s Writers Reserve Grants Program and the Toronto Arts Council Writers Grants Program.

Conflict Resolution workshop Nadia Bello is a self-motivated, results-driven, resourceful, and competent leader with excellent organization development and facilitation skills. Twenty years experience in non-profit and education (pubic, independent and post-secondary). Currently, she is the Director of People and Culture at Park People, a unique national non-profit that supports and mobilizes community park groups, community organizers, non-profits, park professionals and funders to activate the power of parks. My role is an opportunity to bring all of my organization development, strategic human resources, talent management, facilitation, and adult development skills together in service of organisations that are all about strengthening community. As well as being a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) and Certified Canadian Human Resources Professional (CHRP), she holds a Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) from the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington DC.

Conflict Resolution workshop Ryan Cunningham - Ryan is Nēhiyawi/Cree/ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐃ from Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton) and a member of The Michel Band First Nation. He is the Co-Founder of Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts where he was the founding artistic director from 2009-2014. He was the artistic director at Native Earth Performing Arts from 2014-2017. In 2017 he founded Cunning Concepts & Creations a production/management company that tours the world with the award winning play HUFF written and performed by Cliff Cardinal. As an actor he has performed on stages across the country for the past 27 years including: The Shaw Festival, Crows Theatre, The National Arts Centre, Native Earth Performing Arts, the Citadel Theatre and The Firehall Arts Centre… to name a few. Currently he is an artist in residence at the BMO Lab at UofT and Canadian Stage Theatre. And this year was awarded the Rising Star Award as the Emerging Director at Crows Theatre. Ryan has been nominated for the KLM Hunter Artist Award and the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize.

Conflict Resolution workshop Jennifer Khor (she/her) is Supervising Lawyer and Project Manager for Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)’s SHARP Workplaces Legal Advice Clinic, providing free legal advice to anyone who has experienced workplace sexual harassment in BC. Jennifer, and the lawyers on the SHARP Workplaces roster, provide legal advice in the areas of human rights, workers compensation, employment and labour, and criminal law as it relates to workplace sexual harassment. She is committed to ensuring that the clinic takes a holistic trauma-informed approach in assisting clients. Jennifer also leads CLAS’s campaign against the misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in BC. CLAS partners with Can’t Buy My Silence in the campaign for legislation to restrict the use of NDAs to prevent further harm to complainants.

Equity encourages artists from all equity-seeking groups to access our Mental Health & Wellness program and to attend the online Webinars. Facilitating participation of historically under-represented communities in these and all of Equity’s activities is a fundamental commitment to Equity’s membership.

Equity gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada for the funding of these programs through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund (CPAWRF). / Equity tient à remercier le Gouvernement du Canada, qui a financé le Programme de réactivation par le biais de Patrimoine Canada et du Fonds pour la résilience des travailleurs du secteur des spectacles sur scène du Canada (FRTSSSC).


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