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Equity in Theatre’s Equity Hackathon 2017
March 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A hackathon is an event where a group of people come together to ‘hack’ the internet. Celebrate International Women’s Day by hacking the internet with others, or on your own! Help increase women’s visibility in the arts by adding posts about Canadian women artists to online wiki pages.
Participants will be gathering across the country during the week of International Women’s Day at the locations listed below.
Can’t make it in person? No problem: participate from your ownhome, following the instructions linked below, and let us know how it’s going by tweeting #EquityHack!
— WHERE & WHEN —
CALGARY: Wednesday, March 8th, 6:00-10:00pm MST
Host: Handsome Alice Theatre
Address: 1701 – 26 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
EDMONTON: Wednesday March 8th, 1:00-4:00pm MST
Host: The Maggie Tree
Address: 11516 103 Street NW, Edmonton, AB
Host: Theatre New Brunswick
Address: 31 – 55 Whiting Road, Fredericton, NB
OTTAWA: Saturday, March 11th, 12:00-3:00pm EST
Host: Great Canadian Theatre Company
Address: 1233 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON
REGINA: Thursday, March 9th 11:00am-5:00pm CST
Host: University of Regina
Address: RC 040, MAP Maker Space, Regina, SK
SASKATOON: Wednesday, March 8th, 1:00-4:00pm CST
Host: Persephone Theatre & Thigh High Theatre
Address: 100 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK
ST. JOHN’S: Thursday, March 9th, 1:00-4:00pm NST
Host: Women’s Work Festival
Address: St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival Offices,
28 Cochrane Street, St. John’s, NL
TORONTO: Sunday, March 12th, 1:00-4:00pm EST
Host: Equity in Theatre – EIT and Playwrights Gulid of Canada
Address: 350 – 401 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON
VANCOUVER: Wednesday, March 8th, 5:30-8:30pm PST
Host: Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC)
Address: 202- 739 Gore Ave, Vancouver, BC
— HOW —
Instructions & Resources: http://
— WHY —
International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a day to celebrate women’s achievements throughout the world, while simultaneously recognizing and challenging the systemic barriers women encounter trying to accomplish their goals and obtain or maintain leadership roles.
A quick online search of Canadian women in theatre demonstrates their lack of recognition in the virtual world. Fewer pages means less easily accessible information, less notoriety, and less available research, which can affect support, resources, and funding. Emerging artists especially face challenges gaining visibility, and have more difficulty locating and tracing a history of strong and accomplished women in the Canadian performance industry, making it hard to find a sense of belonging, not to mention mentors and roles models.
More online pages means more readily accessed information, a stronger virtual presence, and increased visibility. Gender inequity in the arts is not a result of women producing less or inferior work. On the contrary, diverse women are continually creating dynamic, exciting, and innovative works of art, but with fewer resources, their work often remains invisible. We can help to change this by ensuring their creative contributions get the notoriety, press, and visibility they deserve!
Keep calm and hack on!