Speak Up Arts Program

The Speak Up Arts Program is a new 38 week arts education and leadership program that brings workshops aiming to empower under-represented girl in grades 7 and 8 in Thunder Bay at the Churchill CVI Hub. This is a program led by Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP) in collaboration with the Lakehead Public School Board and the Lakehead University School of Social Work.

Speak Up is guided by the voices and ideas of resilient girls who may not always be heard due to barriers faced in their daily lives. They play an important role in all facets of the program by:
– Guiding/steering the types of projects they participate in
– Jurying artist proposals
– Documenting programming
– Providing feedback

In its pilot in 2015, the program brought artist-led workshops that included: hip hop dance, graffiti arts, beadwork, digital photography, stop-motion animation, and visual arts.

We discovered that through engaging with artists as role models, participants began to take on stronger leadership roles, become more confident, and engage more within their school setting.

CAHEP acknowledges that gender is a non-binary spectrum. This program is open to cisgender girls as well as trans(gender), non-binary, and two-spirit youth.


CWF_LOGO_RGBThis program is generously supported by the Canadian Women’s Foundation Girls Fund