Listen to Dis’ Community Arts Organization Inc. is Saskatchewan’s only disability-led disability arts organization. Becoming a registered non-profit in 2014, a registered Canadian charity in 2019, and with programming as far back as 2006, LTD’s provides a number of streams of programming in order to support disabled artists and disability art in the province, they include:
Listen to Dis’ VOICE: A weekly program open access program where artists come together to learn, create, explore, and connect. LTDV has been running since the first days of the organization and we’re glad to see the growth it has afforded our members and our organization. Members of LTD’ VOICE have performed on stage while producing their own creative work, including poetry about living with a disability on the prairies, a song with local country artist JJ Voss, and a theatrical show on the themes of monstrosity and the ableist ways disabled bodies and minds are viewed.
The Other Ordinary: The Other Ordinary is Saskatchewan’s only touring crip theatre company. Born out of a class at the University of Regina called Devising Inclusive Theatre, and moulded under the direction of Listen to Dis’ founder and artistic director Traci Foster, TOO’s company of emerging professional artists. produces and tours shows about the intricacies, the beauties and the horrors, of living and working as disabled people. Their first show, Neither Heroes nor Ordinary People, charts the experience of living with disabilities on the prairies throughout music, monologue, dance, beatbox, and singing. Their second show, Mine to Have, is about sexuality, sensuality, disability, and the political right to live in one’s body.
Visiting Artist Series; LTD’s visiting artist series bridges the gap between disabled artists and the wider arts ecology by welcoming artists to hold workshops who have an interest in disability art and a want to develop their understanding of disability culture. Past artists include JJ Voss, Geri Ann Siwek, and Kelley Jo Burke, among many others.
Disability Audits: Through our work with organizations such as the Regina Folk Festival and Globe Theatre, we use art to inform organizations and businesses about how their structures & programming can be made more accessible and inclusive.
Workshops and Classes: We offer workshops for people of all ages, performances, disability audits, and training in somatic practices. We are charitable non-profit that is always looking to find new ways to support disability art and culture.
For more information, and to see some of our work in action, check out this link to our Web Series, which charts the past, present, and future of LTD’ and our work.