Hustle & Thrive is a podcast for conversation on living, working and thriving in arts and culture. We have discussions around equity, value and impact of cultural products etc., featuring Canadian artists, creators, culture workers and contributors, to learn about their work and unique experiences.
Hustle & Thrive answers questions and offers comprehensive discussions on how to make the arts and culture sector reflective around issues of equity. It is a space for ideas to impact creative work and the creative community.
Hustle & Thrive is a WorkInCulture production, as part of the Creative Works conference. It is produced and hosted by Yomi John and edited by Santiago Bedoya.
Practicing Radical Self-Love
Part 3 of our 3-Part Series exploring Equity and Inclusion created in partnership with Curated Leadership, founded by Sheliza Jamal. The series includes conversation on inclusion, accessibility, equity, and radical self-love. Episodes in this series are supported by Ontario Arts Council.
Indigenous author and community builder, Elaine Alec joins us to talk about re-examining self-love to advocate for ourselves and our community. With a better understanding of self-love, we can break cycles of colonialism that causes us to inflict self-hate and negative social constructs onto ourselves and our communities. Elaine’s personal stories and experience with Indigenous advocacy provides a framework for us to self-reflect and interrogate white supremacy and its impacts our well being and the inequitable structures in the arts. From this conversation, we are urged to think of how to transform oppressive structures and systems to benefit future generations.
Notable Mentions and Resources:
- Calling My Spirit Back, Elaine Alec, 2020.
- Four Colonial Tools, Jessie Hemphill.
- “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” A Burst of Light: and Other Essays, Audre Lorde, 2017.
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Intersections of Accessibility & Equity
Part 2 of our 3-Part Series exploring Equity and Inclusion created in partnership with Curated Leadership, founded by Sheliza Jamal. The series includes conversation on inclusion, accessibility, equity, and radical self-love. Episodes in this series are supported by Ontario Arts Council.
Civil Rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer once said, “nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” Syrus Marcus Ware goes even further by saying “if we made the world safer for Black Trans women with disabilities (the most marginalized and oppressed people), we’d be making the world safer for everyone.” In this episode Syrus uses a disability justice framework to help us connect the dots between accessibility and equity. Developing an awareness of how an individual’s marginalized identities impact their access to power helps us understand and identify how best to meet their respective needs. From this conversation we learn that accessibility is not about checking boxes, but about continuously transforming our interactions with people to create comfortable experiences and environments where the most marginalized can thrive.
Notable Mentions and Resources:
- Disability Justice Framework: What is Disability Justice, Sins Invalid, 2020
- Concept of “One Size Fits One” by Jan Derbyshire, Writer, Mad Activist, Theatre Maker.
- So, You Built a Ramp…Community Engagement and Meaningful Outreach, Emily Gillespie, 2019
- Intersectionality Framework first coined by Combahee River Collective; expanded by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Critical Race Theory Scholar.
- “Nobody's free until everybody’s free.” Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil Rights Leader.
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Diversity ≠ Inclusion
Part 1 of our 3-Part Series exploring Equity and Inclusion created in partnership with Curated Leadership, founded by Sheliza Jamal. The series includes conversation on inclusion, accessibility, equity, and radical self-love. Episodes in this series are supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
Inclusion and diversity, like race, ethnicity and nationality are two concepts that have been conflated, misconstrued, and misused. In this episode, we chat with Sheliza Jamal who brings her background as an equity and inclusion coach to give a proper definition of inclusion and diversity. White privilege is the thing that connects the oppression and stagnation of marginalized folks both generally and in the arts and cultural sector. Sheliza’s views and expertise show different ways the arts can create a better sense of belonging and become responsibly inclusive.
Notable Mentions and Resources:
- Murder of George Floyd, 2020.
- How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi, 2019.
- So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo, 2018.
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The Next Generation & Future of the Arts
Have you given any thought to how the freshman set of the arts sector are doing? Imagine being a post-secondary student about to graduate and then comes a pandemic. In this episode, Amanda Singh, Hana Glaser and Julien Rutherford, share their concerns about the future of work, what skills to prioritize and what decisions are made on behalf of youth and emerging professionals.
On the other hand, they are still optimistic and ready to offer solutions. With their experience organizing the Culture’s Compass virtual conference by Humber College this June, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the conversations around representation and equity in the arts, they are motivated and hopeful about the recovery and rebuilding phase. In this vein, they are challenging decision makers, government and funders to make deliberate efforts regarding their interests, contributions and place in the sector.
Culture's Compass Conference: https://www.culturescompass.com/
Learn more: https://www.creativeworksconference.com/hustlenthrive/the-next-generation-of-the-arts
3 C's of Arts Etobicoke - Community, Collaboration & Creation
During this pandemic everyone is constantly adapting and adjusting. There is no clear sense of when it will end, but we have to keep going and doing what we do best. This attitude is what keeps Arts Etobicoke strong during challenging times like this. In our chat with Akshata Naik and Heather Ervin we learnt that feedback, teamwork and remaining positive are key to exploring and creating new opportunities. The Arts Etobicoke team is adopting new skills, and taking a community and solutions focused approach to create quality programs, nurture connections and foster engagement with their local arts community.
Learn more: https://www.creativeworksconference.com/hustlenthrive/arts-etobicoke
How a Comedian Copes in a Pandemic
Much like surviving a career transition from banking to comedy, Stephan Dyer knows he will be able to get through a pandemic. The first 2 years of “bad” stand-up didn’t stop him from pursuing his passion and he has since performed over 300 shows around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic is a vulnerable time for the arts sector, so we checked in on Stephan to see how he’s coping. We talked about what he is doing to run his public speaking school, MalPensando, his thoughts on productivity during a lockdown, and why he thinks artists are powerful.
Learn more: https://www.creativeworksconference.com/hustlenthrive/how-a-comedian-copes-in-a-pandemic