Accessibility for Visitors:
Physical Accessibility at the Transliberation Art Coalition 2018 Spring Show
The Badger Rock Community Center is a wheelchair accessible space. If you need captioning or language translation, please contact us so that we can ensure appropriate support is provided.
Mental Health and Content Warnings:
There will be content warnings before each performance piece. Artists and creators working with sensitive content are asked to warn about their work accordingly, or provide a statement that they are not using such warnings. The space has many places to go to avoid the performance area if there is a performance that you feel may be triggering for you that day. Please take care of your mental health and ask for assistance if you need it. Remember that others may find language and images empowering that you do not, and respect those differences as much as possible while taking care of yourself.
Content Guidelines for Artists:
The Transliberation Art Coalition is dedicated to fighting transphobia, racism, ableism, and other forms of oppression. Our aim at our shows is to create an accessible and diverse environment. As such, we ask that all artists and performers be mindful of how their work may affect trauma survivors, people of color, and people with disabilities.
We’re looking for content that…
Contributes to an empowering and welcoming environment for all
Seeks to actively dismantle transphobia, racism, ableism, classism, and other forms of oppression
Celebrates the unique experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming people, including experiences of joy, love, and transformation
Creates a space for healing and processing the collective trauma we face as a community
A Note on Terminology
Transliberation Art Coalition acknowledges that the terminology in transgender and gender nonconforming spaces is complex and ever-changing. Many words may be interpreted as empowering or as harmful depending on geographic location, age, race, and other factors. In general, we prefer people use whatever language to describe themselves that they feel is best, but refrain from labeling others without their consent. That said, if our review team has questions or concerns about your use of a specific term, we will reach out to you to have a conversation about it in order to ensure the audience understands your meaning fairly.
A Note on Work Centered on Trauma
The trans community is greatly affected by trauma, and many of us are survivors of abuse and violence. We are all in different places when it comes to dealing with our experiences, and your audience may not be in a space to face those traumas again on that particular day. In order for the event to be accessible to all, all performers and artists must provide relevant content warnings so that audience members may choose to disengage for their own safety.
A content warning is simply a statement that your piece touches on a sensitive topic.
This allows your audience to engage or disengage depending on what they are able to do that day. It also means that the remaining audience will be more attentive and invested in what you have to say, and be able to fully digest the topic because they are prepared to do so.
Always Unacceptable Content:
Content promoting racism, ableism, classism, transmisogyny, sexism, homophobia, antisemitism, fatphobia, and other hateful and damaging ideologies is not welcome at this event.
This may take forms you might not expect. For example if you are white, you may not notice when something is racist. For this reason, content is reviewed by a diverse team before the event (see “Content Review Process” for more information)
Critique of groups in positions of power is different from perpetuating harmful biases against marginalized groups. That said, be sure you are not harming a marginalized group in your critique of a more powerful one. For example, mocking a male politician for having “feminine” features, being fat, or potentially being mentally disabled harms not only your target but also trans men, fat people, and people with disabilities. For more effective satire, focus on what makes the subject of your critique truly abhorrent rather than comparing them to marginalized groups.
Content that recreates abusive situations and mindsets without further processing is not welcome at this event.
Examples include readings of white supremacist ideologies, holocaust denial, tirades of transphobic abuse, genocide, etc, especially with no or very little commentary.
There is a distinction between work that transforms traumatic experiences into something powerful and work that simply reproduces that trauma. If you are unsure of whether your work fits this description or not, please refer to the guidelines above or contact us for more information.
Content Review Process
All artists and performers must submit their content with their application. Work submitted after deadlines will not be accepted.
Content is reviewed by a diverse team to ensure that relevant content warnings can be given, and that the work follows the guidelines above.
If we have specific concerns about your work, we will reach out to you before the event to address them. We are invested in working with our artists and performers to ensure the space remains an empowering and welcoming place for all, especially those of us on the margins.