Incarceration and access to creative practice
“The prison relieves us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers… It relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society.” – Angela Davis
Art and creativity are tools for us to reimagine the society we live in. It is no surprise then, that censorship and repression have been long-standing methods of state control. There is a continual connection between the residential school, foster care and prison systems in Canada and there are parallels in many other parts of the world. What is the role of art in all of this? Advocates for freedom of speech and access to creative practice discuss these critical issues.
Tiffin Talks: A lunchtime ideas series
Tiffin Talks is a five-part ideas series showcasing a diverse group of thought leaders, artists, innovators, and changemakers, gathering to share ideas and a meal together. Every Tiffin Talk features South Asian and Indigenous people in conversation with each other on a wide range of topics. Located at PAUSE, Indian Summer Festival’s outdoor pavilion gazing out onto the mountains and the Burrard Inlet, these long table lunches delivered hot on-site in Indian-style tiffins, will return you to your day both nourished and fed. In the spirit of turning strangers into friends, this is an opportunity to register for lunch for one. Listen to brilliant presenters, then dine and converse about new ideas surrounded by art, land, and ocean.
Each lunch is limited to 20 people. Book your spots early! All Tiffin Talk meals are vegetarian. When registering, please proceed to checkout where you will be prompted to select a vegan or gluten free option as desired.
Tiffin Talks are by donation, sliding scale. Fee will be waived upon request, no one turned away for lack of funds. (Pending availability, pre-registration is still required).
Museum of Vancouver is generously providing complimentary admission to Tiffin Talks attendees. Simply present your Tiffin Talk Eventbrite tickets at the Museum of Vancouver’s visitor services for free entry.
Tiffin Talks is a five-part series. The event series includes:
– Monday July 8 Tiffin Talk: Walking in Our Finest
– Tuesday July 9 Tiffin Talk: All the World’s a Stage
– Wednesday July 10 Tiffin Talk: Art on the Inside
– Thursday July 11 Tiffin Talk: Laughter for the Dark Days
– Friday July 12 Tiffin Talk: Writers in Conversation
Full venue description and accessibility information: PAUSE Pavillion
Check in: 11:30 am
Event start: 12:00 pm
Event end: 2:00 pm
Indian Summer Festival & Books 2 Prisoners BOOK DRIVE At the PAUSE Pavilion
Knowing someone cares can change a life.
From Monday July 8th to Sunday July 14th, bring a book to the PAUSE Pavilion to give to someone living behind bars in Canada. Many prisons don’t have libraries, or have very limited and outdated books. Books help minds expand, discover new perspectives, and help people stay connected with the outside world.
- We ARE looking for:
- Books by Indigenous authors of North America (no anthropological texts about First Nations)
- Books by Indigenous authors worldwide
- Books by black writers and other people of colour
- Books by women and queers
- General interest in sciences
- Exercise (including yoga and health),
- Addiction and recovery
- Creative process and art books: drawing, painting, carving and writing
- Popular Fiction
- We CANNOT take (prisons won’t accept)
- Books that are: tattered, torn, highlighted, or with any writing in the margins or inside cover
- Erotica or pornography
- Books that critique the police or prison systems
- Books that demonstrate how to be violent to others (incl. Martial arts)
For more information please visit http://prisonjustice.ca/books-2-prisoners/