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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

fri31may3:00 pmfri6:00 pmWingspan UBC: Artists with Disabilities and Deafness Showcase Event Organized ByWingspan UBCEvent Type Music3:00 pm - 6:00 pm(GMT-07:00) Seaquam School, 11584 Lyon Road, Delta, BC, V4E 2K4 , Canada

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Wingspan UBC: Artists with Disabilities and Deafness expands its Artists in Resident School. Internationally renowned Jugpreet Bajwa, an Indo-Canadian classical, folk, and rock singer, and Winnipeg musician Connor Derraugh will showcase the talents of Seaquam Secondary and Elsie Roy Elementary students at a free performance at Seaquam School.

Wingspan Dis/Ability Arts, Culture & Public Pedagogy is Canada’s first accessible and inclusive Disability and Deaf Artist Residency Program in Canada’s schools and is a UBC VPRI Excellence Cluster. In 2024, under the leadership of Dr. Leslie G. Roman, UBC Professor of Educational Studies and visionary for the Wingspan program, in collaboration with an interdisciplinary cluster of colleagues, asks: how can the aims of Canada’s Accessibility Act take center stage in the hearts and minds of students, teachers, and staff in partner K-12 schools? Like starlings in a murmuration, Wingspan has flown into the schools in three Wing Provinces: British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario. Wingspan, this year, has gone national.

“Creating inclusion begins with educating students, teachers, and educational leaders that disabilities or Deafness are not something to fear or feel shame about. The more we learn, the more we appreciate what artists with disabilities and Deafness bring to the table of our schools (K-12) and our entire educational system”, says Prof. Roman, a leading scholar of disability studies and sociology of education. Artists have been placed in K-12 schools or as touring artists who perform in art galleries, museums, or community centers.

BC’s two school districts, Delta and Vancouver, are thrilled to have Jugpreet Bajwa, an Indo-Canadian Classical, Folk and Rock singer, working with their students. Jugpreet brings his talent and motivation to Jesse Costello’s grade four classroom at Elsie Roy Elementary in Vancouver and Andrew Robinson’s grades 11 and 12 English and Literature classes, as well as the classrooms of teachers in Delta’s Seaquam Secondary program in the Fine Arts classrooms from music to theatre, from grades 9-12.

Canadian audiences will know Jugpreet Bajwa from his celebrity status as a televised performer of our national anthem at Vancouver Canuck and Whitecap games, as well as the U.S. anthem for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Jugpreet Bajwa’s musical journey began at the tender age of five. It evolved into a lifelong passion despite facing the adversity of Eye Cancer, to which he lost both of his eyes. With a degree in Indian Classical Music and a Diploma in Western Classical Music, Jugpreet sings in 16 languages. A graduate of Seaquam, he returns as a role model and a barrier-breaker to achieving post-secondary education degrees.


May 31, 2024 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

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