Street closures around the NAC during the Santa Claus Parade

Carmen Papalia, Blind Field Shuttle, performance presented as part of the In the Power of Your Care exhibition, The 8th Floor Gallery, New York City (2016)

Photo: William Furio

Vancouver-based social practice artist Carmen Papalia is undertaking a cross-country, movement-building campaign to challenge the prevailing paradigm for accessibility. Papalia’s ideas are grounded in his own experiences of access as a non-visual learner and in the inflexible institutional support services that routinely disempower the people they are intended to serve.

On June 25, Papalia invites you to March for a New Accessibility. Join the artist in solidarity and march for Open Access, a new model that suggests we become accountable to each other rather than to governmental or institutional policy in matters of access and support.

The march will culminate in a short talk in which the artist will address the Canadian government’s planned legislation for a so-called Accessible Canada.

Presented by the Ottawa Art Gallery in partnership with the NAC's Canada Scene.