we can unlearn discrimination

Four students stand smiling in a line, holding hand-drawn posters with positive messages.

CANVAS Arts Action Programs (CANVAS) is a registered non-profit organization founded in 2014 to prevent gender-based and sexual violence, homophobia and transphobia. 

Based out of Toronto, Canada, CANVAS uses interactive, arts-inspired training programs to educate on gender equity, consent, and LGBTQ2S+ inclusion in schools, summer camps, community centres and workplaces.

Through creative and compassionate workshop facilitation, participants critically examine harmful norms, learn about the struggles of marginalized groups, and recognize their capacity to affect positive change.

Together, we can work towards a more empathetic, equitable and kinder world-view.


Our Unique Model

INNOVATIVE facilitation is unique, interactive and arts-based, engaging all learning styles. ACCESSIBLE trainings are adapted to each community’s needs and understanding. EMPATHETIC learning space is compassionate and judgment-free. VISIONARY holistic model works with individuals at key stages: youth, teachers, and employees.


Our team is made up of teachers, social workers, human rights professionals, public health workers, students and artists. Each member of our team brings a unique skill set and knowledge-base to our training programs. 


Why Art?

Art is a powerful tool for dialogue and social change: it encourages empathy through storytelling, engages a variety of learning styles, and recognizes diverse knowledge and lived experience. Arts-based education is captivating, entertaining, and fun!


we can learn compassion.