Never Been Broken: Blackness, Disability & Healing through the Arts

Never Been Broken: Blackness, Disability & Healing through the Arts was a panel presentation presented at the inaugural Black Futures Now Toronto (BFNTO) Conference on July 16th, 2016 at the Technology Enhanced Learning Building (TEL) at York University.

Organized by Lynx Sainte-Marie, conference advisor for BFNTO, the panel featured three Black artists who identified with having some form of disability and/or chronic illness. Panelists were invited to perform/recite work, and to speak to their artistic practices, the intersection of disability and Blackness and the role art plays in supporting their varied journeys of healing.

Panelists

Whitney French
Jassie Justice
Lynx Sainte-Marie

Moderator

Gloria Swain

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From bottom left to right: Gloria Swain, Lynx Sainte-Marie and Jassie Justice. Top: Whitney French.

 

Black Arts, Black Magic

Black Arts, Black Magic was a community panel presented at the inaugural Black Futures Now Toronto (BFNTO) Conference on July 16th, 2016 at the Technology Enhanced Learning Building (TEL) at York University.

Sponsored by the Feminist Art Conference (FAC) and organized by FAC Outreach Committee Members Lynx Sainte-Marie and Aldeli Alban Reyna, four Black trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming artists were invited to speak about their artistic practice, their ancestral histories and lineages, recite or perform work and discuss how “Black Magic” manifests in their art and everyday lives.

Panelists

Lou Boileau
Lourdes Duniam
Kim Ninkuru
Lynx Sainte-Marie

Moderator

Geneviève Wallen

Five Black trans/non-binary people, wearing a variety of stylish clothing, look varying ways into the camera.
From the left to right: Kim Ninkuru, Lou Boileau, Lynx Sainte-Marie, Geneviève Wallen and Lourdes Duniam.

Press

2016, July, NOW Magazine, Toronto Conference Wants to Put the Future of Black Women and Non-Binary People in Focus.

M.I.X.E.D Art Conference

The MIXED Art Conference is a multidisciplinary biennial art conference, aiming to co-create an inclusive dialogue about racialized mixed identities and lived realities through an intersectional lens. Using art and critical dialogue as vehicles for social change — through performance and visual art, panel presentations and conversation-style breakout sessions — MIXED explores the ways mixed-raced folks negotiate identity, power dynamics and community-building in their everyday lives.

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Lynx Sainte-Marie stands holding a mic up to their month in one hand, and a tablet in the other. They are wearing a Black blazer, a Black shirt, Black pants and a dark blue and gold bowtie. Their rings are gold and their hair is shaved at the sides. They smile as they look to one side.
Mixed Art Conference (2017). Photo Credit: Shelby Lisk.

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Grants

2017, Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage.
Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program Events Grant.

2015, Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage.
Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program Events Grant.

News

2017, June, Toronto Star, Mixed race isn’t black and white: Paradkar