BIPOC Circle Discussion YYC - Donation Support

On Wednesday, July 8th, nine artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as People of Colour, gathered to speak on the cultural climate that exists in Mohkinstsis (or also known as, Calgary). This two-hour discussion was viewed by people across Canada and shed light on #InTheDressingRoom moments, potential superpowers, common barriers, resilience, and next steps.

Our Panelists included:
-Makambe K. Simamba (Moderator)
- Janelle Cooper
- Caleigh Crow
- Chantelle Han (co-organizer)
- Wunmi Idowu
- Jay Northcott
- Zach Running Coyote
- Pamela Tzeng
- Tenaj Williams

Our independent organizers include:
-Thomas Geddes
-Kiana Wu
-Mike Tan
-Jenna Rodgers

It was brought to our attention during the event that viewers would like to contribute monetarily to support these artists for their time and labour. The funds raised will go directly to the independent artists who made this event possible.

The total of the funds will be split 13 equal ways between Panellists & Organizers and will be distributed by Chromatic Theatre. 

This fundraiser will go on until July 27th. 14 days total.

We would like to acknowledge the support from our community:
- Accessibility was provided by Artistic Sign Language and organized through Landon Krentz at Inside Out Theatre.
- Chromatic Theatre for their technological and banking support. Provided an upgraded Zoom Account to be able to host the speakers in a call with full features and safety. 
- The Rozsa Foundation for artist honoraria-  The Rozsa Foundation is interested in continuing to support efforts to address racism and inequity in Alberta’s arts sector and invite conversation around any possibilities. Please email Simon Mallett, Rozsa Foundation Executive Director. You can find his email on the contact page of the Rosza Foundation website - 

We are currently in the midst of finalizing materials to share, but if you have any questions/concerns/feedback, please don't hesitate to email [email redacted] (REMOVE SPACE BEFORE @ SIGN!)

Check out the Musicians featured include:
- Sinzere (
- K The Chosen (
- Pope Joan (

BIPOC Circle Discussion Youtube link: 

Facebook Event: 

To see more of our speakers or organizers and the work they create (as individuals or companies) please check out some links below:
- Chantelle Han: (@chantellemariehan)
- Janelle Cooper: (@etctheatre)
- Tenaj Williwams: (@tenajwilliams)
- Caleigh Crow:| (@caleigh_crow)
- Wunmi Idowu:  (donation link coming soon to their page) | (@woezoafrica) 
- Jay Northcott: | (@nervousshipwreck)
- Makambe K Simamba: | (@artingwithmakambe)
- Zach Running Coyote: (@zachrunningcoyote)
- Pam Tzeng:
- Kiana Wu:
- Jenna Rodgers:  
- Mike Tan:
- Thomas Geddes: 




  • Kirstie Gallant
    • $15 
    • 4 yrs
  • Wale J. Johnson
    • $100 
    • 4 yrs
  • Stewart Legere
    • $25 
    • 4 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $500 
    • 4 yrs
  • Mat Glessing
    • $150 
    • 4 yrs

Fundraising team (4)

Calgary, AB
Jenna Rodgers
Raised $555 from 10 donations
Thomas Geddes
Team member
Raised $455 from 7 donations
Kiana Wu
Team member
Raised $30 from 1 donation
This team raised $1,745 from 24 other donations.

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