Video: "HABILITÉS - Projet an chantier avec Azalia Kaviani" Laurence Ly (direction, filming & editing), Anaïs Larocque (music composition), Lizann Gervais (violin), Simon L'espérance (mix)
Consultant’s position: Curator, Project Manager / Professional Development Consultant Client: Festival Accès Asie Venue: To be announced Period: April 2019 to present I serve as the lead organizer of ABILITIES Project - a pilot project in inclusive practices that provides Azalia Kaviani, a visual artist and dancer of Iranian origin who lives with cerebral palsy, with adapted dance training, accommodation and professional development so that she can achieve her artistic and professional goals. Recognizing the fact that people with disabilities face many barriers on a daily basis (isolation, lack of accessibility, harassment, etc.), Festival Accès Asie, with the support of Conseil des arts de Montréal and MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), initiated the ABILITIES Project to help artists with disabilities professionalize and integrate into the professional arts community in Montreal.
Through her art, Azalia is motivated by the desire ‘’to inspire people with disabilities to pursue their ambitions, to encourage them not to marginalize themselves.’’
As lead organizer, I work and liaise with the following institutions and project collaborators:
Main project team: visual artist & dancer (1), trainer, chorographer & dance partner (1), health consultant (1), photographer & director (1)
Festival Accès Asie: Director (1), administrative staff (4)
Arts funder (1)
Institutional partner (1)
Venue team: To be announced
Establish work priorities.
Recruit and supervise project team.
Provide professional development for trainee.
Conduct research on project feasibility.
Plan, develop and deliver the project from conception to completion.
Write project proposals, budgets and expenditure reports.
Prepare grant applications and final grant reports.
Strategize project collaboration and foster inter-institutional relations.
Represent the project in key negotiations and meetings with business, cultural and governmental institutions.
Draft planning documents, schedules, floor plans and detailed technical lists.
Research and purchase equipment, materials, services and supplies.
Coordinate with diverse staff and technicians.
Prepare and negotiate contracts with participating project team members.
Write, edit, proofread and translate communications documents, exhibition and marketing materials.
Collaborate in marketing, press and media campaigns, logistics, documentation, translations and communications.