In this issue:
2018 Full Summit Program
Summit Panel Announcement: Day 3
Summit Flight Discounts
News From Around the World
Public Art Calls
We are excited to announce the release of the 2018 Summit Program!
The program will ONLY be available online this year, and no printed copies will be handed out during the Summit. We appreciate your effort to save the trees!
Day 3 Summit Panel
November 8th, 2018 | 3:45pm – 4:30pm
Join Marcelino “FrostFlow” DaCosta, Wali Shah, and Anu Radha Verma as they explore their take on the theme New Horizons, presented earlier in the day by Jesse Wente. Through 10 minute Ted Talk-esque presentations they will provide commentary through the lens of their work in their own communities. The panel will be followed by a question and answer period.
Anu Radha Verma | BA, MES
Anu has lived, worked, studied, played, struggled and agitated in both Canada and India. Her work has cut across sectors and places, but is always focused on the intersections of social justice, community and creativity. She has been focused on the suburbs as a place of brilliance and social change – having organized various queer and trans, racialized community spaces locally over the past 8 years. Anu Radha has been fortunate to support the creativity of folks who are typically unwelcome, under-represented or invisibilized in/from mainstream arts spaces such as BIPOC communities, queer and trans folks, youth, and many more. She is a community-based consultant, the Community Arts Curator for Social Change at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, co-organizer of QTBIPOC sauga, originator and curator of brOWN//out (Pride Toronto) and a Board member at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre. Anu Radha is a queer, diasporic, sometimes-femme, a survivor, and someone who lives with mental health struggles. Find her on Twitter @aradhaverma.
Marcelino “FrostFlow” DaCosta | Professional Artist, Educator, Speaker & Community Engagement Worker
Professional Artist, Educator, Speaker & Community Engagement Worker – Marcelino DaCosta, aka FrostFlow, has been a practitioner and advocate of Hip-Hop culture since 1998. He is the founder of the internationally renowned Ground illusionz Hip-Hop Collective based out the G.T.A. FrostFlow is internationally respected as a dynamically progressive and passionate signature B-Boy artist; performing and opening for legends such as: Maestro fresh Wes, Oscar Peterson, and A Tribe Called Red.
Along with competitive experience, Frost has also become a national ambassador, local leader and pioneer of many grassroots public health initiatives for youth all while supporting and representing world recognized organizations & companies such as “BBoyizm”, “Unity Charity” & “BluePrint Pathways”. Frost currently shares and promotes Hip-Hop Culture through continual effort and inspiration on a multitude of platforms as director of “Full Step Saga” – From street-level front line work to stage performance, to speaking at universities and sharing along world-class innovators at TEDX. FrostFlow represents a definitive essence of his craft.
Wali Shah | Poet, Public Speaker
Wali Shah is a spoken word poet and public speaker that has worked with organizations like TED Talks, Bell Media, Microsoft, The CFL, and many more. Wali has spoken at hundreds of schools across Canada where he introduces poetry as a tool for self-expression and develops workshops to engage youth in the practice of expressive writing and speaking.
Outside of speaking engagements, Wali is an ambassador for Crime Stoppers, and the BellLet’sTalk movement; he was inducted as Canada’s Top 20 Under 20, and assisted in raising over one million dollars for United Way.
*Stay tuned for more information and the complete 2018 Summit Program!