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Image Description: This is a poster advertising Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba’s CALL TO ARTISTS. At the top of the poster is an image of Winnipeg’s cityscape at night, with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in the foreground. Long-exposure photography makes the city streets glow in amber and gold from the headlights of traffic. On a banner of white, red font proclaims “CALL TO ARTISTS with disabilities.” Below, in plain black text, are bullet points of information: • perform/show work at Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg during CRIP STRENGTH: ART + BODY + MIND festival Oct 29/22 • we pay $367 CARFAC fees • apply by Aug 26/22 • or 204-336-2366 for more info At the bottom of the poster are logos for The Thomas Sill Foundation Inc, AAANM, and Canada Council for the Arts.

What is Crip Strength: Art + Body + Mind?

Crip Strength: Art + Body + Mind is a one-day event held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). Crip Strength will also be presented virtually to reach artists who may not be able to travel to attend in-person. There will be a juried exhibition of visual art, dance, theater, musical, literary performances and readings. 

Crip Strength will explore the concept of what is “normal” when it comes to disability. Through art, many artists who are Deaf and/or disabled are questioning assumptions of normality in how the mind and body perform. Deaf and/or disabled artists have much to share and teach the larger art community about access, creative problem solving and adaptation. These concepts have long been necessary for Deaf and/or disabled artists to participate in the larger arts community and have become even more relevant to the larger society as we live through a pandemic that requires us to self-isolate and find creative solutions to reach one another through alternative means.


Crip Strength will occur at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on October 29th from 1pm-3pm, and will include juried performances and art exhibition. The exhibition will be on display for one day at the CMHR during Crip Strength and will then be exhibited at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) until December 2, 2022. The exhibition theme is “Creative Accessibility.”  Interpret this theme however you choose; it could include art about your personal experience as a d/Deaf or disabled person, art about society, art about art, etc.

Chosen visual artists may include two pieces of artwork in the exhibition. Performance artists (comedians, actors, musicians, poets, etc.): please note the run time of your performance and list any needed equipment. 

Artists who are not from Winnipeg will be responsible for any shipping/insurance/travel costs etc. associated with showing their work. If you are selected, AANM can assist you if you decide to apply for grants to offset your costs. 

If selected you will receive full carfac fees of $367 for your participation.

Deadline to apply: August 26, 2022 5pm

Submissions should include:

1) Artist CV

2) Written statement explaining how your artwork or performance reflects the theme of Creative AccessAbility. For performers, please include run time and needed equipment. (300 words Max.) 

3) Samples of your work, chose one of the following:

Up to 3 digital images, Max image size 200MB, JPEG format only


Up to 5 pages of text


Up to 3 minutes of audio or video, YouTube format only

Send your submission to

If you need assistance with your submission you can contact Jenel Shaw at or 204-336-2366.

Applicants must be Canadian and self-identify as disabled.  AANM is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  To that end, we ask for Deaf and disability, culturally diverse, Indigenous, LGBT2Q*, rural and northern self-identification in your application if you choose.  Applications are confidential, reviewed by staff and jury members.

Artists must be AANM members to show with us.  Free and sliding-scale memberships are available to those facing financial barriers.  View membership options and renew memberships here


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