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CANVAS Arts Action Programs is a non-profit that uses arts-based education to challenge homophobia and transphobia in schools.
142 backers pledged CA$ 15,423 to help bring this project to life.

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Three years ago, two queer Toronto women set out to find a new way to improve the lives of LGBTQ* youth. They saw a gap in public school curriculums where sexuality and gender identity education were missing.

Today, CANVAS is proud to have visited over 25 schools and 15 camps, running over 150 interactive, arts-based workshops, reaching over 4,500 young people across the city! 

Some of the CANVAS team after a successful day of workshops.
Some of the CANVAS team after a successful day of workshops.

Last year, we were able to run an incredible 81 Speak OUT workshops for youth within the Peel District School Board; a workshop that promotes LGBTQ* inclusion. 

Speak OUT uses art to encourage participants to foster empathy, resulting in the creation of unique posters and photos promoting positive and powerful messages for the LGBTQ* community. 

High school student creates meaningful poster at one of our Speak OUT programs!
High school student creates meaningful poster at one of our Speak OUT programs!

We've seen countless students become passionate allies right before our eyes, while others have come out to facilitators after completing a workshop, telling them how empowering and meaningful the experience was.

The youth we've spent time with over the past two years have been quoted after our workshops, saying things like:

"I now know that we are the solution and the change",
and,
"It lets us recognize our true selves".

To keep the Speak OUT program running for the 2017/18 school year, it is imperative that we subsidize the program for public schools with financial barriers. 

Sadly, almost three quarters of transgender youth in Canada experience harassment, and more than half of LGBTQ+ students feel unsafe in school. Additionally, 86% of students in schools we visited had not received any education on LGBTQ+ inclusion.

An LGBTQ* youth creates this powerful image during a CANVAS photography workshop.
An LGBTQ* youth creates this powerful image during a CANVAS photography workshop.

With funds collected from this campaign, we will be able to:

-Compensate educators for their dedication and hard work 
-Cover travel expenses to and from schools
-Pay for program materials, such as markers, pens, and paper, and compile resources students can use for additional support
-Discover new ways to educate youth on difficult topics
-Increase LGBTQ* inclusion within schools, including supporting schools in creating GSAs.

We've already had an incredibly successful year of growth, allyship, and empathy-building.

We ask you to support us in creating our next one!

You are all invited to our Poetry Fundraiser!

Come to our event stacked with an amazing list of spoken word poets. There will be hors d'oeuvres, wine, an art exhibit & auction! 

You won't wanna miss it. 

Visit for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/speak-out-loud-tickets-38304139713
Visit for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/speak-out-loud-tickets-38304139713

 Speak OUT Loud! is being spearheaded by a member of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation network and has been awarded a matching grant. Schusterman is a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change for themselves, the Jewish community and the broader world. Learn more about the Foundation here.

 

Risks and challenges

We will only be able to run as many workshops as we are able to raise the funds for ($300/workshop). PDSB schools have already shown great interest in having us return to speak to their students, and new schools have requested for us to come for the first time. We intend to distribute the indicated rewards on time to anyone who is kind enough to pledge to us. We will do everything we can to bring our programming to as many students as possible!

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    1 Personalized CANVAS Thank You Note with unique Speak OUT workshop photo included!

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    1 Personalized CANVAS Thank You Note with unique Speak OUT workshop photo included!

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    Written acknowledgement of appreciation at Speak OUT Loud! Event and on social media

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    Blue Backer >> Covers 1 workshop!

    You've paid for 1 CANVAS workshop!

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    1 Personalized CANVAS Thank You Note with unique Speak OUT workshop photo included!

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    Indigo Backer >> Covers 3 workshops!

    You've paid for 3 CANVAS workshops!

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    1 Personalized CANVAS Thank You Note with unique Speak OUT workshop photo included!

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    Written acknowledgement of appreciation at Speak OUT Loud! poetry event and on social media

    Public acknowledgement in opening speech of Speak OUT Loud! Event

    2 free tickets to Speak OUT Loud! Event

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    Violet Backer >> Covers 6 workshops!

    You’ve paid for 6 CANVAS workshops!

    You will receive:

    1 Personalized CANVAS Thank You Note with unique Speak OUT workshop photo included!

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    Written acknowledgement of appreciation at Speak OUT Loud! Event and on social media

    Public acknowledgement in opening speech of Speak OUT Loud! Event

    2 free tickets to Speak OUT Loud! Event

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    Rainbow Backer >> Covers 15 workshops!

    You've paid for 15 CANVAS workshops!

    You will receive:

    1 Personalized CANVAS Thank You Note with unique Speak OUT workshop photo included!

    5 Button Packages

    Written acknowledgement of appreciation at Speak OUT Loud! Event and on social media

    Public acknowledgement in opening speech of Speak OUT Loud! Event

    4 free tickets to Speak OUT Loud! Event

    Flying Bird recognition on our Donor Tree!

    1 free spoken word performance by members of the Ragdolls Collective and the Toronto Poetry Slam Team

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    Pledge CA$ 10,000 or more About US$ 7,585

    Ultimate Backer >> Covers 30 workshops!

    You've paid for 30 CANVAS workshops!

    You will receive:

    1 Personalized CANVAS Thank You Note with unique Speak OUT workshop photo included!

    10 Button Packages

    Written acknowledgement of appreciation at Speak OUT Loud! poetry event and on social media

    Public acknowledgement in opening speech of Speak OUT Loud! Event

    6 free tickets to Speak OUT Loud! Event

    Flying Bird recognition on our Donor Tree!

    1 free spoken word performance by members of the Ragdolls Collective and the Toronto Poetry Slam Team

    1 free customized workshop by the CANVAS team at the location of your choosing!

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