A: Q? Y Art? refers to queer, questioning, and the LGBTTIQQ2S umbrellas, youth and the arts. Q sounds like “kyon” which in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and some other languages derived from Sanskrit, means “why.” We are focused on youth (with a broad definition – 13-29), so the “Y.” The name is a play on words, a play on language(s), a fun and questioning way to think about art, youth engagement, and community building.
A: As queer South Asian youth who are interested in community building, we saw gaps in terms of what was available. Some of us have a particular interest in arts-based work, so we wanted to make possible some opportunities for community building, self-expression, and fun for other queer and trans South Asian youth. We had some community connections already, and were able to write a grant application to ArtReach Toronto as well as the Community One Foundation, and get support from the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP).
A: We got a $10,000 grant from ArtReach Toronto, and $3,500 from the Community One Foundation
A: No, all programming is at no-cost! We will also reimburse TTC tokens/tickets for each session, and provide food.
A: We will be running two types of programming and are still confirming times and locations for both. Both programs will run in July; the first will be a series of one-time workshops that will travel around the city on weekday evenings. The second program will be an intensive 3 day program on July 21, 28, 29, location to be announced. If you are planning to participate in either program, submitting an application will help us determine a location that is closest, and a time that most of the participants prefer.
A: We will be facilitating in English. Q? Y Art? Project members can speak Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and French. Artist facilitators may speak additional languages as well.
A: We know that visibility and invisibility are complicated things for lots of LGBTTIQQ2S/WSW/MSM South Asian folks (we know it from experience), and so we’ve thought long and hard about confidentiality and safety. We will do whatever we can to make you feel as safe as possible. Check out our thoughts about confidentiality and safety here. Also, we talk about (in)visibility on our values page here. If you have any questions or concerns that we may not have addressed, please do not hesitate to contact us and we would be glad to be have an honest, confidential and anonymous conversation with you.
A: Applications give us a sense of who you are so that we can make sure the program is best for you and can be tailored to the collective of participants. We recognize that applications create barriers to participation and have committed to having discussions about what will work best for you to participate. If you are interested, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 416 599 2727 x 230.
A: Part of what we are hoping to facilitate is the development of a book of art created by LGBTTIQQ2S/WSW/MSM “South Asian” youth through this project. We are planning a big launch of the book in August 2012. The book will be printed and shared widely.
A: Q? Y Art? is designed for folks who identify with “South Asian.” While we appreciate the interest from other racialized folks, and from white allies, this isn’t a program for other racialized folks or for white allies. We are committed to working from a place of equity, recognizing that some groups face barriers when it comes to events, representation, programs, services, etc. If you are looking for similar programs, please check out our Resources section or feel free to contact us and we will try to refer you to programs that may be of interest to you.
A: Q? Y Art? is designed for folks who identify with the LGBTTIQQ2S/WSW/MSM communities. While we appreciate the interest from allies, this isn’t a program for allies. We are committed to working from a place of equity, recognizing that some groups face barriers when it comes to events, representation, programs, services, etc.
A: We would be happy to talk about our program. Just get in touch at email@example.com or call 416 599 2727 x 230
Q: i am an artist and want to get involved – how do i do that?
A: We are definitely looking to build more and deeper relationships with artists. If you want to get in touch involved, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.