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CTA “Art of Acceptance” movement supports trans youth

CTA “Art of Acceptance” movement supports trans youth

Monday, June 15, 2015
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Students at Central Toronto Academy (CTA) continue to lead the way in social justice, activism and interesting, engaging, thought-provoking art. In their most recent project, they set out to create a photographic body of work to support youth who identify as transgender. 

Students enrolled in AWQ/Photography had the opportunity to work with industry professionals who offered their talent and expertise to the 2015 CTA’s social justice movement “The Art of Acceptance,” with a photo shoot entitled “Gender Fluidity.” Remaining true to CTA’s “HeARTs” department commitment to making students responsible, successful and compassionate individuals, this collaborative photographic series will continue to raise awareness about trans issues through image, fashion, and installation at OCAD University’s Feminist Arts Conference in September 2015.

The “Art of Acceptance” provides students with a unique opportunity to work with trailblazer professionals within communities and shadow Toronto’s top talent in the fields of fitness, journalism, photography, fashion, styling, hair/makeup, directing, and more, including artists such as Robert Weir, The Hair Gypsy, Matthew R. Manna, Frankie Glitz, Shingi Mazengwe and those in the fashion community and fitness community, Jack Jackson, Savoy Howe and the team from Franq Girl Magazine.

“Our goal is to provide an intersectional, interdisciplinary, community-driven creative environment that strives to have student art seen and voices heard,” said CTA Arts Head Beckie Di Leo. 

Success stories from individuals such as Jack Jackson were also shared. Jack is a “fiercely proud member of the queer, non-conforming gender and trans community within Toronto.” Bowties were donned in support of “Bowtie Fridays,” as were student-designed “Stop Suicide” tees and clothing donated from LGBTQ vintage clothing store Future is the Future.

“There’s no need to assign genders when they are born,” said a CTA student. “People should have the right to choose their own gender; [for me] I felt that the woman that is trapped inside me was finally free. At Central Toronto Academy and through the Art of Acceptance, it is so comforting to see so many people supportive of me and choices.” 

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