Examining power, privilege and identity using creative arts therapies interventions

Facilitated by Rowena Tam

No. of Sessions: 2 (SAT FEB 16 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)

Capacity: 12 /session

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This workshop aims to provide participants an opportunity to reflect on the continuous learning and identities that exist, and evolve in tandem with the ever-changing climate of our socio-political landscape. In order to practice inclusive, equitable and anti-oppressive learning, it is imperative to engage in critical reflexivity. The artistic and dramatic mediums offered in this workshop transcend cognition, and allows those in the performing arts to gain a deeper response for self-exploration working with intersectionality and identity. This workshop will focus on each participant’s identity, power, privilege, and oppression to uncover and understand identities that exist within us. Arts-based approaches using visual metaphors will explore the multifaceted experiences that cultivate each person’s unique cognitive and emotional lens of living. Through the facilitation, stories will organically arise for participants to challenge themselves in facing discomfort from their own historical narrative, while creating space for new ones.

Rowena Tam (譚智穎) is a second-generation Chinese Canadian cis-gender able-bodied woman with roots in Hong Kong. She is currently a Master’s Candidate in Drama Therapy at Concordia University, holding a B.A. Hons. in Devised Theatre and Psychology from York University. Rowena acknowledges that these educational institutions are located on unceded Indigenous lands, commonly known as Montreal and Toronto. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, and the area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Huron-Wendat, and the Métis. Rowena has clinical experience working with disenfranchised and immigrant/refugee youth and families, womxn in prison, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her current research examines the training and skills of drama therapists and their ability to facilitate experiential learning as a way to unpack intersectionality.