Raising Voices Since 2008
Guelph Spoken Word (formerly Semantix) was founded in November 2008 by Beth Anne Ellipsis. Quickly growing in popularity, GSW has moved forward to become a registered not-for-profit arts organisation with a board of directors and set of dedicated volunteers.
To create open, intergenerational, diverse community spaces that foster spoken word artists and provide quality arts & culture experiences for audiences.
Guelph Spoken Word is always looking for volunteers to help with our regular events and other task to keep us running smoothly. Not only does helping out get you free access to Guelph Spoken Word events, but it's also an opportunity to meet a whole host of awesome people.
If you are interested in volunteering contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Danielle Workman at email@example.com.
Also, don't hesitate to let us know If you have any special talents that you can share with the team!
The Guelph Spoken Word team of volunteers have developed an Anti-Oppression Policy & Grievance Process to be used in matters directly relating to the safety of the GSW community. We hope that it will help to foster a strong and healthy local scene.
You can view this document as a PDF. Feel free to send comments or suggestions directly to Beth Anne via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating Safer Spaces
All Guelph Spoken Word events are promoted as consent positive spaces; we ask that all persons receive explicit consent before physically engaging with another person. Same goes for deep conversations and advice/feedback.
Language and content of GSW events can sometimes be intense and triggering. While slam is an all ages event and we do most often have an active listener on hand, attendees discretion is advised.
Guelph Spoken Word operates on the traditional territory of the Chonnonton, Anishinaabek, and Haudenosaunee peoples, and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit. We acknowledge the Two Row Wampum and Dish With One Spoon Covenant, and are responsible for upholding the agreements our ancestors made here. Indigenous peoples are integral to the story of this land. It is up to each of us to repair the damage done by settlers and the state of Canada, and build relationships based on reciprocity, respect and reconciliation.
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