september, 2021

14sep12:00 pm2:30 pmAnti-Oppression for Artists and Cultural Producers

Event Details

Join Rania El Mugammar on September 14 at 12PM for Anti-Oppression for Artists and Cultural Producers, an online workshop hosted on Zoom.


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This free workshop for artists and arts workers explores the language, theories and practices of anti-oppression within a critical understanding of culture as a product of colonial, racial, gendered and intersecting violence. Institutional and community based strategies for building equity and unlearning oppression are central to the content and objectives of the workshop. Creative, technical and collaborative models for actualizing the work of liberation will be explored. Group activities, case studies and discussion are critical tools to apply the learnings of this workshop. Artists will examine the power dynamics that shape access, inclusion and opportunities in Canada’s arts and cultural landscape. The anti-oppression framework will be used to critique institutional dynamics as well as personal artistic practices. Participants will have access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their learning journey beyond the scope of the session.This workshop uses individual and group activities as well as discussion to apply learnings.Participants will have access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their learning journey beyond the scope of the session.


Learning Objectives

  • Learn key attitudes for practicing anti-oppression. 
  • Contextualize narrative as a tool of injustice and explore opportunities for interrupting stock stories. 
  • Reflect on social justice challenges and opportunities within the context of the arts and cultural sector. 
  • Explore the concepts of cultural appropriation vs. cultural exchange, gain an understanding of the cultural order and the relationship between marginalized communities and mainstream arts and cultural institutions. 
  • Reflect on creating a more equitable and accessible space in the context of their work and the community.
  • Gain an understanding of the language surrounding anti-oppression to facilitate independent learning.
  • Reflect on these power dynamics in the context of the sector. Explore concepts, qualities, and practices of radical solidarity.



Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese Artist, Liberation Educator, Abolitionist, Anti-oppression Consultant , multidisciplinary performer, speaker and published writer. Her work explores reproductive justice, transformative justice & abolition, art as liberation and digital justice. 

As a writer, Rania’s work explores themes of identity, womanhood, Blackness, flight, exile, migration, belonging, gender, sexuality and beyond. Rania’s primary mediums are poetry, spoken word and oral storytelling. She is a published poet, storyteller and playwright. Rania is deeply interested in poetic form and the auditory texture of words as well as the visual/aesthetic impact of language and form. 

Rania is an experienced anti-oppression, abolition and liberation educator and consultant who is unflinchingly committed to decolonization and freedom as the ultimate goals of her work. She has worked extensively with contemporary arts institutions, STEM based enterprises, media organizations, educational institutions and community/grassroots spaces.


Registration and access

The workshop is free, and the Kingston Arts Council is encouraging donations.

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The workshop will last 2.5 hours, and will not be recorded. Please note that the event will accept a maximum of 60 participants. Please email with any questions regarding this workshop.


This event will have ASL interpreters and Live captioners. Let us know if you would like to discuss accessibility for this event, we want to make sure everybody can attend our programs.



(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm




Kingston Arts Council

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