• CREATIVES EMPOWERED

    is a non-profit collective of artists + creatives. We are Black, Indigenous & People of Colour empowering each other as an allied community. We are film + tv, media & arts professionals - from emerging to established - based in western Canada.

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Exciting News!

Creatives Empowered is pleased to announce that it has received essential Canada Media Fund Black People and People of Colour Sector Development Support!

Watch These Great Panels!

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Our Mission

CREATIVES EMPOWERED is a safe and supportive community for artists + creatives who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, based in western Canada.  We advocate for and represent our members and their needs. We increase professional opportunities for IBPOC talent. We provide empowering and educational resources, events and professional development. We network, collaborate and share with like-minded individuals and organizations across Canada, and worldwide.

Our Values

We must be empowered to be ourselves and to create.

We are the creative talent that does exist. 

How we engage with one another is just as important as the work we create.

Our presence is a right, and needs no apology, nor an explanation.

Our stories + cultures are ours to share, and best represented by us.

Creating spaces free of racial + unconscious bias, frees up our creative energy.

Dismantling negative stereotypes of IBPOC professionals is essential.

Collaborating with allies should always be empowering – for everyone involved.

True inclusivity must be authentic, and accountability is a prerequisite.

Our Ultimate Vision

To explore and encourage new and diverse ways of creating works that are inherently non-colonial. To create an equitable cultural sector, that accurately reflects the world we live in. And to eliminate systemic racism within arts + culture.

Background

Creatives Empowered is a non-profit organization founded by Shivani Saini and Atelier Culturati, who currently host this temporary landing page. We are an open and welcoming community, committed to the empowerment of IBPOC artists + creatives. Please feel free to reach out anytime…

BOARD MEMBERS

Nasra Adem

Spoken Word Artist and Founder + Director of Black Arts Matter – Alberta

Christine Sokaymoh Frederick

Artist, Producer, Writer, Award-Winning Arts Leader and Executive Director of Dreamspeakers Festival Society

Shivani Saini

CEO, Founder, Producer & Consultant at Atelier Culturati

Michelle Wong

Writer, Director, Producer, Executive Producer and Business Affairs Consultant at Beans and Rice Inc.

FOUNDING MEMBERS

Lady Vanessa Cardona

Artist, Award-Winning National Poet, Writer and Founder of Remix the Ritual

Georgina Lightning

Award-Winning Actress, Director, Producer and Co-Founder of Tribal Alliance Productions

Dr. Kamala Parel-Nuttall

Writer, Director and Producer

Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse

Indigenous Innovator, Storyteller, Wave Maker and Producer

Nina Sudra

Writer, Director and Producer

Roseanne Supernault

Award-Winning Actress and Advocate

Troy Emery Twigg

Theatre Artist, Dancer, Choreographer and Writer

Membership

INDIVIDUALS

Membership is FREE. Please self-identify as Black, Indigenous and / or a Person of Colour, and provide your artistic or creative discipline.

 ORGANIZATIONS

Membership is FREE for IBPOC Organizations. Membership Fees for Ally Organizations are based on annual operating budgets.

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