September 24, 7:30 to 9 pm
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How does it feel to be a minority within a minority? Racialized members of our bisexual+ community face unique challenges. What issues are they facing, and what does art have to do with it? Join us for our interactive panel discussion  Racialized and Bisexual+: Exploring Identity in Arts Practice on September 24, 7:30 to 9 pm!

Apanaki Temitayo M

Born in Toronto and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Apanaki Temitayo M is a single mother of three. She is an author, spoken word poet, actor, multimedia artist and teacher. Her canvas compositions are an expression of her Trinidadian heritage and spirituality. Apanaki is currently the CAMH 1st Artist in Wellness. She is currently an Art Facilitator with Workman Arts Art Cart Program and the Textile Museum of Canada, Community Voices Outreach Program. She was the Workman Arts Artist-in-Residence for 2017 – 2018. She has been featured at Workman Arts, Being Scene 18th Annual Juried Exhibition 2019 at the Toronto Media Art Gallery.

She has made her international debut at the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, 9th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: Maya Angelou, with her original artwork, Mama’s Watching in South Carolina. Her New York debut at The Amazing Nina Simone Documentary Film by Jeff Lieberman, with her piece Nina Simone Fragmented. She honored to be the first woman of color to be in the Room Magazine: Woman of Color Issue for 2016 and her commissioned artwork Oshun Blooming was the face of Grow Room Feminist Literary Art Festival, 2018.

Apanaki currently teaches her art practice at Workman Arts Encore Program for Inpatients, with experience as a facilitator CAMH, Gifts of Light, Workman Arts Art-Cart Program, Toronto East General Hospital, Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, Drop-In Art Class and at Workman Arts, CAMH. Rise Asset Development, helped to support her in becoming the Sole Proprietor of APNKI Designs. Her handcrafts and fine artwork merchandise, soft furnishings and accessories, are all made in Canada. She received an Honorable Mention for 2015, and received the Rise’s Peer Powere EnterpRISEr of the Year Award at the Dr Paul E.Garfinkel Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement 2015, RISE Asset Development, from Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, 2015.

Jaene F. Castrillon

Jaene F. Castrillon

Jaene is a film based interdisciplinary (literary, media, visual, performance) artist, who is a self taught with work that has toured internationally. After being a part of LIFT’s Film Mentor program in 2014, she went onto the 2015 LIFT/ImagineNATIVE’s 16 mm film mentorship and created her first professional short – the award winning A Celebration of Darkness, the screenplay is part of Arsenal Press publication “Hustling Verse”. Recently she has been awarded an apprenticeship with ISO/Netflix/Indigenous Screen Office to work on the set of the feature film “Rosie”.

Jaene’s work has been shown at places such as National Gallery of Art (Washington D. C.), Art Gallery of Ontario and TIFF Lightbox, in addition to film festivals across the globe and translated into several different languages. As a motivational speaker and workshop facilitator she’s worked with places such as the Senate of Canada, Save the Children Alliance, Toronto Police Services and CAMH plus many major educational and social service institutions across the world.

Anna-Liza Badaloo – Moderator

Anna-Liza Badaloo is a racialized member of the bisexual+ community. After participating in the Human Library Project at the 2019 Bi Arts Festival, she realized that racialized members of our community need more support to reconcile these identities, feel safe, and learn how to live as their true selves. Anna-Liza is a freelance health and environment writer, and the Manager of Education and Community Development at the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Our panel comprised of racialized, bisexual+ artists will discuss how they are exploring these intersecting identities through the visual and performing arts. Moderated by Anna-Liza Badaloo, our panelists include artist Apanaki Temitayo M, filmmaker Jaene F. Castrillon, and other guests to be announced!

The first part of the panel discussion will explore which issues are on their minds, how their work has been received, and the impact on artists of being vulnerable in this way. The second part will look towards community solutions with a lively discussion of how the Bi+ Arts Festival can support the artistic expression of racialized bisexual+ voices, and work towards dismantling systemic racism in our community.