Award for the advancement of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility

The UAAC-AAUC Award (established in 2022) for the Advancement of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility is intended to recognize and celebrate the achievements of those whose work in our fields foster change and build an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible community in Canada. The outputs of such work may look like many things, such as: building a more inclusive, equitable, diverse, and accessible practices and working environments; increasing diverse representation; promoting research and insights relating to Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Accessibility; leadership and engagement in addressing systemic inequality.

UAAC-AAUC Award for the advancement of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of those whose work in our fields foster change and build an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible community in Canada.

Eligibility: This award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of those whose work in our fields, foster change and build an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible community in Canada.

UAAC member at any career stage with a demonstrated contribution to:

  • building a more inclusive, equitable, diverse, and accessible practice / working environment
  • increasing diverse representation
  • promoting research and insights relating to Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Accessibility
  • leadership and engagement in addressing systemic inequality

Prize: UAAC Life Membership + $1000 prize + 1 year of RACAR

The UAAC-AAUC Award (established in 2022) for the Advancement of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility is intended to recognize and celebrate the achievements of those whose work in our fields foster change and build an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible community in Canada. The outputs of such

The 2023 recipient is Anthea Black, Associate Professor of Print Media at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. It would hardly paint a complete picture of the significance and impact to simply enumerate Anthea’s outward-facing outputs, although numerous; modestly stated on their website, their writing on contemporary art, craft, and performance has appeared in numerous publications. They are the co-editor of two books, The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art and Design (Bloomsbury Press, 2020, with Nicole Burisch), HANDBOOK: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education (Queer Publishing Project/OCAD U Publications, 2018, with Shamina Chherawala) and designer and co-publisher of The HIV Howler: Transmitting Art and Activism with Jessica Whitbread. Their writing is included in The Craft Reader (Bloomsbury, ed. Glenn Adamson) and Extra/ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art (Duke University Press, ed. Maria Elena Buszek).

To properly understand the significance of these publications requires digging deeper to draw out the political, queer, and affective dimensions of these endeavours, and the inextricability, to my mind, of Anthea’s on-paper scholarship from their pedagogical, curatorial, artistic, and community commitments, keenly, and urgently, focused on trans, queer, and HIV activism: through teaching, writing, publishing, printmaking, exhibition-making, art-making, and/as community-building, Anthea has worked to centre the voices and experiences of queer and trans students, notably culminating in the 2018 publication HANDBOOK: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education. The book has become an indispensable resource for education in art and design institutions.

A versatile print-maker, Anthea has shown the enduring power of print media, and the print periodical, for social movement organizing. Their work as co-publisher and designer of The HIV Howler: Transmitting Art and Activism has extended the strategies of early AIDS activist print and design strategies, working in community to bring to, and keep in, the fore historical and emergent visual and cultural activist strategies and community mobilization around the ongoing HIV/AIDS pandemic; The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art, and Design (2020), brought emphasis to the historical and present-day politics of craft, evincing the political and activist ends to which craft practices have been deployed.

YearRecipient
2023Anthea Black
2022Alice Ming Wai Jim