benjamin lee hicks is a visual artist, elementary school teacher and graduate student. They taught JK-grade 6 classrooms in the Toronto District School Board for 8 years prior to beginning graduate work in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto in September 2015. benjamin has written and designed curriculum materials for elementary schools on topics of sustainable community building, queer/trans inclusion and arts-based activism. They are interested in how we might better support teachers to expect queerness and prepare for multi-dimensional gender identity in elementary school classrooms. benjamin’s current research focuses on how faculties of education can teach pre-service teacher candidates to learn about queer identities with direct permission and support to discuss their own feelings, fears and reservations about this topic. They are interested in slowing down the pace at which social justice education is addressed in early teacher training – making room for heart-based processing alongside social and political theory. Too see more of benjamin's incredible work check out their website: http://leehicks.weebly.com/
We are excited to announce that The 519 Community Centre will be hosting our program in March!
Since 1975, The 519 has worked for inclusion, acceptance and awareness of LGBTQ rights in Toronto and beyond. They are a City of Toronto agency, and a registered charity, with a unique approach to community building that allows them to deliver direct service, accessible space and ongoing leadership that makes a real difference in people's lives while promoting broader understanding and respect. For more about the 519 check out their website: www.the519.org
Special Thanks to Ashley McGee for helping organize this exciting partnership!
Twysted will be joining us for a voguing workshop during the March Break program!
For more about Twysted, the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance, and Voguing, check out this recent article.
we are thrilled to have the talented and wonderful Kate Reid offering a music workshop this March Break. Kate’s most recent Album 'Queer Across Canada' features songs such as 'Tummy Mummy', 'Boys Who Wear Dresses', 'Radical Donor Dad' and many more. Check out the album below: