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Safer Spaces Project

Safer Spaces Project 


With the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Hamilton Community Foundation, Industry and the Hamilton Fringe are very proud to announce the Safer Spaces Project. Read the full Media Release here.

From March to October of this year, consultant and coach Robin Lacambra is leading a team of research assistants and a six person intersectional steering committee through the creation and development of a set of care-centred guiding principles to govern all Industry and Hamilton Fringe spaces.

The aim of these principles is to ensure the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of EVERYONE in Industry and Hamilton Fringe spaces. They are being developed through research, discussions, professional consultations, and a survey to gather data from as many voices as possible. We invite YOU to take part by completing the survey below, anonymity assured.


Survey URL: http://bit.ly/SaferSpacesHamilton

This study will culminate in the creation of an Internal Culture Guide, a guide to life in our spaces. These will be our standards, expectations of behaviour, and systems of accountability, built to protect artists and patrons alike, and to provide an environment that centres belonging.

The last number of years have seen a shake-up in the performing arts. Abuses of power and harassment, racial inequity, misogyny, transphobia, biphobia, fatphobia, ableism, and other systemic barriers and stigmas have contributed to artists and patrons not feeling safe in artistic environments. Old models are broken. New standards are required.

The Internal Culture Guide will live on Industry and Fringe websites for feedback and sharing, and will be re-examined annually to ensure relevancy. Our hope is that this work can be useful to other organizations and individuals.

Industry and Hamilton Fringe look to shift the idea of what an arts institution should be, offering environments suitable for a modern world. We believe there is a direct line from safety to confidence to risk-taking to innovation. If we aspire to be places of artistic innovation, it starts with safety.

Core Team Members, from left: Robin Lacambra (Project Director), Laura Welch (Project Coordinator; Industry), Kitoko Mai (Researcher), Maddie Krusto (Researcher; Hamilton Fringe). 

Steering Committee, from left: Talli OsborneKaren AnchetaAdrienne CrossmanJosh TaylorCher ObediahJuan Jaramillo.

Please join members of the Safer Spaces team at Fringe Club, July 22, at 7:30, virtually or in person (pre-register at hamiltonfringe.ca) Free tickets here! The team will share personal stories and professional experiences that have brought them together to envision a tangible future of diverse, accessible, and safe spaces.

Follow @saferspacesproject on Instagram!



The Safer Spaces Project would not be possible without the support of the following partners and funders:



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