This is the Inspiration You Need Right Now - Toronto Edition

This is the Inspiration You Need Right Now - Toronto Edition

Based on a 2021 Digital Workshop Series that Lisa Anita Wegner created for Yuri Araj for KickStart Disability Art and Culture in Vancouver, Workman Arts presents the Toronto Edition. You will hear from Apanaki Temitayo M & Lisa Anita Wegner, two extraordinary artists who live with multiple invisible disabilities and have made it a priority to not let that stand in the way of achieving their creative and life goals. Join us for an hour and a half long presentation of art, films, stories and inspiration. Talks will be followed with a Q&A period.

Where: Zoom
When: Thursday, April 8, 2021, 6 PM – 7.30 PM EST

This is a free event for Workman Arts members and the general public.

ASL interpretation and live captioning will be available.

  • APRIL 8, 6-7:30 PM


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Two standing figures. Figure on left wears a green outfit and holds a fan against a dark background. The figure on right is in black & white and holds film canisters.


Born in Toronto and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Apanaki Temitayo M is a single mother of three. She is an author, spoken word poet, actor, multimedia artist and teacher. Her canvas compositions are an expression of her Trinidadian heritage and spirituality. Apanaki is currently the CAMH 1st Artist in Wellness. She is currently an Art Facilitator with Workman Arts Art Cart Program and the Textile Museum of Canada, Community Voices Outreach Program. She was the Workman Arts Artist-in-Residence for 2017 – 2018. She has been featured at Workman Arts, Being Scene 18th Annual Juried Exhibition 2019 at the Toronto Media Art Gallery. She has made her international debut at the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, 9th Annual African American Fibre Art Exhibition: Maya Angelou, with her original artwork, Mama’s Watching in South Carolina. Her New York debut at The Amazing Nina Simone Documentary Film by Jeff Lieberman, with her piece Nina Simone Fragmented.

She was honoured to be the first woman of colour to be in the Room Magazine: Woman of Color Issue for 2016 and her commissioned artwork Oshun Blooming was the face of Grow Room Feminist Literary Art Festival, 2018. Apanaki teaches her art practice at Workman Arts Encore Program for Inpatients, with experience as a facilitator CAMH, Gifts of Light, Workman Arts Art-Cart Program, Toronto East General Hospital, Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, Drop-In Art Class and at Workman Arts, CAMH. Rise Asset Development, helped to support her in becoming the Sole Proprietor of APNKI Designs. Her handcrafts and fine artwork merchandise, soft furnishings and accessories, are all made in Canada. She received an Honourable Mention in 2015, and received the Rise’s Peer Powered EnterpRISEr of the Year Award at the Dr Paul E.Garfinkel Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement, RISE Asset Development, from Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.

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Lisa Anita Wegner a MAD and disabled public artist. Lisa is a filmmaker, performer, curator, producer and art project consultant at haus of dada. Lisa is the creative producer of Mighty Brave Productions, an award-winning multi-media production company and a founding member of the Akhilanda Collaborative, Zebra Pictures Inc and Haus of Dada.

Her work has been shown at the Phoenix Art Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Mayworks Festival, Nuit Blanche, ReelAsian Film Festival, Long Winter, Gallery 1313, Toronto Art Fair, Buddies in Bad Times, The Black Cat Artspace, TIFF and NXNE Festival. Her ventures into large-scale performance installations include the 26-foot “Queen Of The Parade,”; a 10-foot version of The Queen was commissioned by Partners in Art, for ARTrageous In Motion. Lisa is pushing further with the Ubermarionette movement, performing in venues like Anandam’s Body Break at Theatre Passe Muraille, PROCESS at Artscape Youngplace, Buddies in Bad Times, Fringe and Rendezvous with Madness Festival. Lisa exhibited writing and photography in Yoko Ono’s ARISING exhibition at The Phi Centre in Montreal and has two photographs in a group show Shame Radiant, with East Window and Red Line Contemporary Art Centre in Denver Colorado. Lisa is proud to co-produce with Tangled Art + Disability.

Lisa has brought over 200 full-scale projects to completion over three decades, ranging from professional theatre to film & television, to large-scale art installations, immersive theatre projects and social experiments. In addition, Lisa has mentored over 30 film and art interns from various universities, colleges and art schools, many of whom are working in creative industries today.

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