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Building Bridges: The Creative Case
 
We are joined by guests Hassan Mahamdallie and Nike Jonah from the UK, to hear about the Art Council England (ACE) platform, The Creative Case and how it is relevant to artistic practice here in Canada.
 
The Creative Case is Art Council England's approach to diversity and equality in the arts.
 
It is based on the recognition that diversity is central to the arts, museums and wider creative sector. It is part of ACE's mission for Great Art for Everyone.
 
The Creative Case is an artist-led set of explorations and sharing of best practice that seek to release diversity from a negative or deficit thinking. It seeks to promote imaginative conversations about art and its histories, artistic practice and innovation.
 
The Creative Case advocates one conversation about art - how it is created and engaged with, how it innovates and communicates - with the true value of diversity and equality at the heart of it. Everyone has a stake and a say in the creative case. 
 
This unique paradigm was developed to raise the diversity debate in the arts out of the polarized and circular debates that had taken hold in the UK and internationally. It is increasingly recognized by artists and arts organizations as a liberating, imaginative and positive approach, both in the UK and abroad. 
 
Heads Up Creative Case Video: 
 
Hassan Mahamdallie, former Senior Officer, Diversity, Arts Council England, talks about how historically, the most powerful and striking art movements have come directly from the experience of oppression, diversity and inequality as part of the Heads Up series of films for the Creative Case.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Programing and Schedule subject to change!
 
Nike Jonah
Nike balances her time between various roles in the cultural sector including as the Director of Connecting Dots, an arts consultancy that works with a range of clients across the arts and creative sectors. Nike is currently developing Pan African Performing Arts Marketing (PAFPAM) in partnership with the Vrystaat Arts Festival in Bloemfontein, South Africa. PAFPAM is for African artists and arts organizations based on the continent that wish to undertake international touring, increase their profile and develop partnership opportunities. She continues to serve on the boards of the European Cultural Foundation and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
 
Between 2004 and 2012 she led and developed and delivered a number of professional cross arts development programmes at Arts Council England, where she was responsible for the delivery of 4 editions of Decibel Performing Arts Showcase (PAS): supporting the professional development of fifty diverse artists and arts organisations per edition, enabling them to increase their touring potential, their business viability, foster good business relationships with an audience of 500+ venues, programmers and producers, providing a multi- strand platforms for showcasing their work within the wider arts sector. She also developed a complementary programme of workshops, seminars, coaching, and work shadowing to support producers, writers, critics and Arts Council regional staff. Additionally, she set up a number of complementary digital assets including Decibel online showcase platform, online application and selection processes, and newsletter and social media strategies.
 
 
Hassan Mahamdallie
Hassan Mahamdallie is a specialist in diversity and equality in the arts. An internationally known senior policy maker and trainer, he is the author of Arts Council England’s unique approach: The Creative Case for Diversity. With a background in theatre, Hassan is also a published writer, a playwright, campaigner for race equality and expert in Muslim culture and thought. 
 
Hassan was a senior strategist at Arts Council England for nine years (until 2013) where he was charged with drawing up and implementing ACE’s national Race Equality Schemes. He advised on and launched many equality projects, including the innovative Arts and Islam platform, Sustained Theatre, Inspire and Decibel before going on to develop and launch ACE’s unique and internationally recognised approach to art, society and equality – The Creative Case. He set up ACE’s Black Workers Group and mentored BAME staff. While at ACE he advised hundreds of individuals and organisations on diversity and equality. He is presently working with the South Bank Centre, London, on increasing their workforce diversity. He continues to write, speak and run workshops on the creative case as well as advising arts organisations on their diversity and equality policies and how to use diversity as a tool for organisational change. He is the leader of the World Islamic Economic Forum’s MOCAFellows course: an annual week intensive workshop teaching young artists from all over the world to develop their business skills and creative vision. He advises renowned visual artist Rachel Gadsden.
 
Hassan is a published author. He has contributed to many books and journals including Tell It Like It Is: How Our Schools Fail Black Children. He wrote a popular biography of radical Victorian artist William Morris and edited the book Defending Multiculturalism. He is a governor of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and on the board of theatre company 30 Birds Productions. He is Director of the Muslim Institute, a free-thinking Muslim organisation based in London and is deputy editor of the institute’s quarterly publication Critical Muslim. His latest play ‘The Crows Plucked Your Sinews’ has just finished touring in the UK www.crowsdrama.com
 
 
If you have any questions or need assistance registering please contact Boomer
at boomers@pact.ca or at 416-595-6455 x16. 
 
215 Spadina Ave, Suite 555. Toronto, ON. Canada. M5T 2C7.  www.pact.ca |boomers@pact.ca| P: 416-595-6455
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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