Safer Artistic Spaces 

Monday, October 17, 2022, 5:30 – 9:00pm (ET) on Zoom

Safer Artistic Spaces was created by The Dandelion Initiative in response to the normalized patterns of sexism, harassment, and violence within creative arts spaces. Their unique and specific content blends survivor-centred education with industry-specific intervention skills, creating opportunities for meaningful individual and cultural change. They facilitate opportunities for learners to recognize, prevent, and respond to sexual harassment and gender-based violence through an online learning session of 3.5 hours with two breaks. 

The workshop uses an intersectional feminist and trauma-informed approach, which fosters a learning environment for diverse folks to participate in meaningful ways. A practice workbook, feedback forms, and additional resources will be provided. Learners will have opportunities to uproot rape culture and develop critical skills to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and inequity.

Who should take this workshop?

We offer this training at no cost to anyone who self-identifies as working in a leadership position in the arts sector. We encourage folks in roles such as directors, department heads, choreographers, producers, presenters, production managers, music directors, band leaders, technical directors, stage managers, and more to register for this workshop.

Space is limited. Registration closes at 5 pm ET on Thursday, October 13, 2022.

Accessibility: closed captions. Please get in touch with us if you require additional accommodations.

About The Dandelion Initiative:

The Dandelion Initiative is a federally incorporated non-profit, a grassroots intersectional feminist organization, by survivors for survivors. We fundamentally believe in the power of intersectional feminism, education, empowerment-based programming, and survivor-centric practices as a form of resistance to gender-based violence and rape culture. We also believe in the power of gender equity and community collaboration to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and gender-based violence in and out of our workplaces. Our mission is to disseminate survivor-centred gender-based violence education, training, and policy development to multi-sectors and communities across Turtle Island. We also aim to serve survivors with front-line services that are barrier-free, low cost or free. We prioritize the voices, expertise, and needs of Women, 2SLGBTQ+ survivors, Black, Indigenous, Racialized survivors, disabled survivors and survivors from oppressed/untapped communities and cultures.

Workshop Facilitators:

Viktoria Belle (she/her), Community and Workplace Traumatologist , Gender-Based Violence Educator & Artist 

Viktoria has worked in the gender-based violence and education sector developing and facilitating survivor-centric learning and supports for over 10 years. She is the founder and director of the Dandelion Initiative and has worked across Turtle Island with diverse organizations, communities and sectors teaching and developing policy, programming, and trauma care services for survivors and allies. Viktoria has a deep devotion to intersectional-feminist and arts-based recovery and healing interventions and practices for survivors. Viktoria is passionate about gender-based violence prevention and response development in workplaces and policies. Viktoria is responsible for all of our training, workshops, policy and survivor sessions with our small and she lives in rural Ontario with her wife and animals.

Andrea Oswald (she/her)

Andrea joined the Dandelion Initiative as a board member in 2019 and later moved into a staff role in 2021. She is currently the project lead for MOTHS, a trauma care program for front-line workers and women in health services. She is also a co-facilitator for Safer Spaces Training and Consultation sessions, bringing her powerful and insightful knowledge to our training and programs. Andrea has dedicated her time to advocating for the creation of spaces that are inclusive, survivor and feminist-centric. She believes that these practices will change the way in which we heal and care for others.

Code of Conduct

Download The Dandelion Initiative’s code of conduct for online workshop participants.

Supplementary Learning Guide

Download the Supplementary Learning Guide.