Creating Professional Opportunities for Artists with Disabilities
Listen to Dis’ is a disability-led, disability arts organization with a twelve-year portfolio of multi-disciplinary creative projects and a new plan to increase professional opportunities for its members. A new web series, produced with an investment from Creative Saskatchewan’s Web Series Grant, has become a cornerstone of the effort.
The web series, titled Us Too!, will present the compelling history of the Listen to Dis’ Community Arts Organization. The series will cover a lot of ground, including the story of how six artists went from participating in a class at the University of Regina with no other inklings as to further opportunities, to becoming emerging professional artists performing across Saskatchewan and creating two professional productions tackling issues of sensuality and disability, the right and want to belong, ableism on a day-to-day basis, and the political right to live in one's body in today's society.
Us Too! Web Series - Season 1 - Episode 1 - "What is Listen to Dis'?"
Listen to Dis’ intends to compassionately capitalize on the video-based market that has been left unexplored because mainstream filmmakers and production companies rarely take accessibility and inclusion into account.
“Us Too! will make the needs of disabled people a key focus rather than an afterthought. The web series is a tangible opportunity for a future collaboration in the film production realm including the option of a feature film centered on one of Listen to Dis's current theatrical productions being adapted for screen.” Traci Foster, Founder and Artistic Director of Listen to Dis
Listen to Dis’ has programming dating back to 2006, but it’s now entering a new phase in which a web series educating the public about disability art and culture, all while entertaining, is required for the sustained growth of the organization and its artists.
“To create this web series via a paid film project with an established Saskatchewan filmmaker perfectly fulfills our mandate as a disability-led arts organization meant to create meaningful artistic opportunities for disabled artists and those interested in disability art and culture.”