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Our Mission
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To prevent gender-based and sexual violence, homophobia and transphobia.

we can unlearn.
hate is learned.
violence is learned.
discrimination is learned.
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Our Unique Model
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Our facilitation style is unique, interactive and arts-based, engaging with all learning styles.


Our trainings are adapted to each community’s needs and understandings.


Our learning space is compassionate and judgement-free.


Our holistic model works with individuals at key stages: youth, teachers, and employees.

change is possible
consent is possible.
inclusion is possible.
compassion is possible
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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.

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Our Team

Our team consists of artists, social entrepreneurs, social workers, teachers, youth workers, and those invested in seeing a world free of homophobia and sexual violence. Each member of our team brings a unique skill set and knowledge-base to our 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!