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Season 2

Rachel: Okay. Maybe we can do the announcement in a bit of a more dramatic way. We can try that. I didn’t give that to you cause you’re really good at the drama.

Debbie: I’m a drama queen! What do they expect!

Rachel: Exactly!

Rachel: I’m Rachel Gray.

Debbie: I’m Debbie Ratcliffe. And We’re thrilled to announce that on November 30th, we’re back again for season two. We’ve learned a lot. It was a fun ride, but this one’s going to be even better.

Speakers, artists with disabilities telling our own stories.

Rachel: And this season we’re doing it on a whole new scale.

Debbie: We know that it’s been a long time since you’ve heard from us, but believe us. We’ve been busy.

The season will bring you 10 new stories, stories that explore voice redefine reality, reflect on disability experiences.

Rachel: This season, we’re going to dig into our own history, our archive, we’re exploring who we are and who we’ve been.

Debbie: We can’t wait to share it with you!

SPEAK Season 2 Episode 10: World Builders

In this last episode of Season 2 of SPEAK, Rachel and Fin invite guests to talk about the role of H’Art/BEING Studio in Ontario over the past 20 years. They talk to professor Michael Orsini (University of Ottawa) about the changes in disability rights since the beginning of BEING. Professor Eliza Chandler (Ryerson University) also talks about the importance of having access to a disability arts archive and Bucko shares his thoughts about being a disabled artist.

SPEAK Season 2 Episode 9: Sidekick

This episode marks the first half of a two-part mini-series on the evolution of BEING Studio over the past 20 years. This part focuses on late artist Irene Beck and the storytelling power of art. Artists and family members come together to react to and remember Irene’s paper bag collection, “Sidekick”.

SPEAK Season 2 Episode 8: Gertie and Polkadot
Bella Bowes
SPEAK Season 2 Episode 7: Funny Guy
SPEAK Season 2 Episode 6: Traveling the World with Claire
SPEAK Season 2 Episode 5: Communicating Artfully
SPEAK Season 2 Episode 4: Life In the Ocean
SPEAK Season 2 Episode 3: Brad, the Mouse, the Lion and the Animal Party
SPEAK Season 2 Episode 2: Charisse’s Art Journey
SPEAK Season 2 Episode 1: Magic Window