Frequently Asked Questions
If I'm racialized as white or don't identify with a specific race can I attend an A Shared Table event?
Absolutely! We intentionally CENTRE the voices, experiences and personhood of IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour), but it is not to the exclusion of anyone else. All people who are willing to contribute to maintaining our event ethos (pop up window: Our events are IBPOC-centered (Indigenous, Black and Person of Colour centered), Trans/Queer inclusive and welcome to all who are willing and able to be welcoming to all.), are welcome to the table.
Why are A Shared Table events IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour) centred?
We intentionally CENTRE the voices, stories, experiences and personhood of IBPOC people, because we want to increase the number of community spaces that racialized minority people have to authentically share their narrative and cultural arts. We do this in recognition of the fact that IBPOC people in Hamilton have traditionally experienced barriers to contributing to the overall cultural landscape of the City. Our events offer an opportunity for all of us to divest from the dominant narratives that centre white Anglo-Saxan culture, so we can begin to imagine and practice what it means to live in an intercultural, inclusive community.
What should I expect at the event?
We aim to design a fun night of meaningful human connection. No two A Shared Table events are alike, because of the unique mix of beautiful people who attend. You can participate as little or as much as you like. Participation is by invitation and not demand. All we ask is that you come with a posture of openness and curiosity.
A Shared Table events offer a space of:
where we seek to see, hear and be with each other;
where we practice radical hospitality, mutual reciprocity and authentic belonging;
where we allow our whole selves to practice fun, curiosity and spontaneity; and
where we use our imagination as a guide for helping us consider what could be.
I'm shy, introverted or have social anxiety, should I attend?
You are welcome and there's a place around the table for you. Participation at A Shared Table events is by invitation and not force. The event is meant to connect people together, but that happens based on each person's terms and comfort levels.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
We'd be happy to hear from you! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll return your contact within 24 hours.