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Open Access Workshop: Organizing Accessibility from the Grassroots

Join us via video conferencing or telephone for an Open Access Workshop with Carmen Papalia on April 17 from 1-3pm.

In 2015, Vancouver-based artist Carmen Papalia responded to the failures that he experienced as a recipient of institutional disability support services by proposing Open Access; a conceptual framework for accessibility that moves beyond a policy or accommodation-based model by providing guidelines for mutual care. When put into practice, Open Access problematizes the typical roles of institutionalized care by encouraging participants to collectively envision a space that suits their needs, then share accountability towards that vision and organize accessibility from the grassroots.

In this workshop about establishing a new context for accessibility in a landscape of restrictive programs and prescriptive regimes, Papalia will introduce participants to the Open Access framework and illustrate the various ways that he has made use of it in his last 10 years working as an artist. Participants from organizations and institutions that serve the public will have the opportunity to reconsider their accessibility and public engagement practices towards the goal of a relational accessibility program that evolves with the culture of the publics that they serve. In one-on-one and small group activities, participants will consider their work in relation to the guiding principles of Open Access; inspiring a broad reframing of the ways institutions engage those at the margins.

This workshop will be available through the free video conferencing platform, Zoom, as well as through phoning in through the number below. The workshop is free and available to 100 participants.

Zoom Link to Register:

Or Telephone during the event:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 374 4685 or +1 647 558 0588 or +1 778 907 2071 or +1 438 809 7799 or +1 587 328 1099
US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 205 6099
Webinar ID: 866 105 358

International numbers available:


To make this event as accessible as possible, the AGGV will be offering the following services:

• ASL Interpreter (must be requested by April 1)
• Captioning
• Transcription (offered about 2 weeks after the live webinar)
• Recording (offered about 2 weeks after the live webinar)

The AGGV understands access needs are different for everyone, and that these needs can also change and be different every day. To make a specific request, please email Regan Shrumm, Assistant Curator at or phone at 250-896-8266.