Affiliation: Kokopelli Choirs
Presentation: Interest Session, Roundtable Discussion
Title: Creating Safer Spaces for Our Singers
Abstract: The term ‘safe space’ has been used and abused a lot in our culture, but what does it mean to create and promote a truly ‘safer’ space for our choral singers? Using Kokopelli Choirs’ recent experiences as a case-study, this session will explore the many ways we can use choral music as an inclusive force for community.
Biography: Over the past decade, Alexis Hillyard has worked in various positions with the University of Alberta and Edmonton Public Library to promote LGBTQ community engagement. Part of her work at U of A encompassed programming for Camp fYrefly, Canada’s only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth. She also advocates for celebrating body diversity with her YouTube series Stump Kitchen (www.stumpkitchen.com). Alexis has been a chorister in the Kokopelli Choirs organization for almost twenty years.