The work of the Open Access Foundation for Arts and Culture primarily takes place online. Our current Staff, Advisory Committee, and Board live and work across the unceded, stolen, and occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), Semiahmoo, Stó:lō, lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) Nations, colonially known as Metro Vancouver, BC and Victoria, BC.
The Open Access Foundation for Arts and Culture (OAFAC) is a pandemic-era cultural organization led by a passionate group of Disabled, Sick, Mad, Fat, Hard of Hearing, Neurodivergent, Blind, Low Vision, and Nonvisual artists and cultural workers. Our activities advance representation of disability culture and artistry through trainings, curation, public engagements, supporting artistic development, exhibitions, performances, educational campaigns, site-specific project development, and cultural competency consultation. By providing educational, training, and mentorship opportunities, OAFAC builds capacity for those in the broader Disability Arts movement to participate in the field on their terms and gain influence within a wider cultural context.
OAFAC takes the position that the conditions of anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, classism, sexism, anti- fatness, and discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation, are intertwined with and reinforced by ableism, with colonialism at the root.
We take the position that these conditions shape the current local and national arts ecologies. We resist these conditions. We assert disability-informed practices of creation, collaboration, presentation, and advocacy. We centre agency, self-determination, and disability-informed futures.