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CAMH in solidarity with young LGBT community - through art

CAMH  is proud to team up with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and WorldPride 2014 Toronto on a new initiative called the 4th Wall Youth Solidarity Project.

Promoting safe, inclusive and healthy communities for Two-Spirited and LGBT youth (includes lesbian, gay, bi, trans, two spirit, intersex, queer, questioning/ a.k.a. LGBTTTIQ), the project is supported by over 50 human rights, faith-based, arts, newcomer, Aboriginal and health organizations across Canada. 

>> More on why CAMH supports the Youth Solidarity Project

The Youth Solidarity Project was set up to inspire Canadians of all ages and backgrounds to voice the importance of establishing and safeguarding an open and inclusive society for all.


The initiative includes:

  • A national digital arts competition inviting youth, from ages 14 to 30, to express themselves creatively on the theme “Solidarity with Canada’s Two-Spirited and LGBT Communities.” Six jury-selected finalists will each receive $1,000 and see their artwork displayed in a special WorldPride Toronto 2014 exhibition at the AGO!

>> Submit your artwork online The deadline for applications is April 25, 2014

  • An online vote for Canadians of all ages to select the artwork that best reflects the contest theme. The winner will be flown to Toronto, awarded a $1,000 cash prize and see his or her artwork featured as a public outdoor mural. The online vote opens on May 14, 2014.

  • A WorldPride 2014 Toronto Exhibition will feature the artwork of the six competition finalists. The exhibition will be on at the AGO from June 22 to November 15, 2014

  • A High Energy Youth Solidarity Forum, taking place on June 22, 2014, at the AGO in partnership with Jer’s Vision, to discuss strategies to create healthy, safe and inclusive communities through the arts in Canada.

>> See a full list of project collaborators

About the 4th Wall Program

In theatre, the “fourth wall” is an imaginary screen that creates a virtual separation between actor and spectator. There are many ways to cross the fourth wall and to make the invisible visible.

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation chose to do so through the 4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible program, in collaboration with several prestigious Canadian museums and art galleries.

The goal is to invite young creators to break down the invisible walls that create solitudes between individuals and communities across Canada, by opening the doors of our major cultural institutions to emerging creators from marginalized backgrounds. The Foundation offers museum and art gallery space and bursaries to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, often cut off from museums, so that they can produce original art that conveys their experiences, ideas and challenges. On display for the public to see, their work provokes debate and builds solutions.

Please help spread the word with your networks and partners! #YSP14

Media contacts:

Kate Richards
Media Relations
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) 
Office: 416 535 8501 x36015
Mobile: 416 427 7743

Peter Flegel
Director of Communications & Programs
Michaëlle Jean Foundation
613.562.5468 ​

Caitlin Coull
Communications Manager
Art Gallery of Ontario
416.979-6660 ext. 364

Trevor Hampden
Communications Manager
World Pride 2014

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