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Offline: Staying Connected Without Connectivity. Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange. Hosted by Art-Reach. Wednesday, May 26th, 2021. 1-2:30 PM ET. Online. Logo The Barnes Foundation. Logo Covia.. Logo Art Justice

Offline: Connecting without Connectivity
Wednesday, May 26th | 1-2:30 PM ET

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About the Presentation:

Connections between the cultural sector and health and human service agencies are continuing with communities both near and far, but the topic that is overlooked are communities who are disconnected. There are significant barriers to high-speed internet for digital programs or people isolated due to incarceration, disability, and COVID-19 restrictions. This forum will call attention to underrepresented communities who have faced insurmountable hardship- whether immigrant communities, seniors, people who are blind/low vision, people incarcerated, in rural and urban areas of North America.

The following case studies will be presented to highlight examples of offline programs:

  • The Barnes Foundation and hybrid programming with art kits that were made for Puentes De Salud early learners and their families in Philadelphia to engage the LatinX immigrant community.
  • Covia’s Connection Programs including Well Connected and Social Call. These programs connect older adults to others and are accessible by phone across the country.
  • A.R.T. & Justice is an arts-based and Indigenous-led initiative aimed at connecting incarcerated artists and storytellers to the wider community in British Columbia, Canada. The goal is to support the mental health, wellbeing, and dignity of Indigenous Peoples and others disproportionately impacted by the carceral system

The impact of isolation to vulnerable populations and the future of this digital crater will be discussed. Has your organization taken on this work also? Bring examples to share and discuss, this presentation hopes to engage attendees into considering alternative program possibilities for underrepresented communities.

Barbara Wong- Director of Community Engagement, Barnes Foundation
Amber Carroll- Director of COVIA- Well Connected
Kelsey Timler- Ph.D. Candidate, UBC Interdisciplinary Studies & Helen Brown, RN, Ph.D. University of British Columbia, School of Nursing