exChange 2SLGBTQI+ Intergenerational Dialogue through the Arts Project

Aim of Project: A response to the want and need to bridge the gap of various generations of 2SLGBTQI+ individuals and communities, honouring the stories of young queer folk and the older generation who paved the way. The goal is to begin building relationships through artmaking and storytelling of the english-speaking 2SLGBTQIA+ communities in Montreal/Tiohtià:ke through trans inclusive and celebratory events. The end goal is to share the work with the city at large, and createon-going connections between generations, especially since these links are not always present in the biological family structures of queer folks. The first event took place on Saturday, November 18th, 2023 and was the beginning of the exchanges to bridge the gap of our 2SLGBTQIA+ histories of resilience and queer joy.

Phase one:

Phase one of this social-innovation adventure is the ideation and invention phase of our approach. Our goal is to do this work with care, intention, and thinking of safety first, which is why we have started this work through a collaborative people-centered approach. Much like the participatory action research approach, we hope to engage stakeholders in each step of the process.

Phase one is made up of 2 main parts:

Part one focuses on connecting with organizations and surveying the needs and wants of their members when it comes to intergenerational work and arts events, and inquiring if any further collaboration is desired. Collaborating with and support from our local organizations is the key to the success of this project.
Part Two is the creation of an intergenerational art making event, based on the responses from part one - taking place on November 18th, 2023. (We are privately funded, so all events are at no cost to participants). At this event the exchanges between generations can begin, and the dialogue will share what participants want to see throughout phase two of the project (i.e. what kinds of projects, topics, etc. do they want to see developed to continue this work). Based on the results, recommendations will be made for phase two.


exChange’s event series continues! 

Upcoming Events

How do I celebrate my Queer Joy? 

7 August, 2024
(Art-Making & Dialogue Event, see below)

9 August, 2024
(Pride Community Day)

Projects supported by Fierté Montréal

Intergenerational Dialogue Through Making Art (3rd (Fierté) Edition)

Date: August 7th, 2024
Time: 03:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Location: MEM (Centre des mémoires montréalaises)
Address: 1210 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2S5 

Focus for the Event

Through guided self reflection and intergenerational sharing, cyanotype flags will be created, responding to the prompt:
How do I celebrate my Queer Joy? 

Event Highlights

Art Making Sessions: Tap into your creativity through guided art activities designed for all skill levels.

Engaging Dialogues: Participate in meaningful discussions that bridge the generational gaps within our community.

This event is free, but space is limited. Ensure your spot by registering now!

Past Events

“Celebrating and exploring our diverse 2SLGBTQI+ identities”
18 November, 2023

Intergenerational Dialogue Through Making Art (1st Edition)


Filmed at our inaugural Intergenerational Dialogue event in 2023, this mini-documentary showcases the exchanges and reflections of our fabulous participants – “Celebrating and exploring our diverse 2SLGBTQI+ identities”

(Video credit: Chris Lau Photo)

“What do I wish you would know about my queer story?” 

4 May, 2024

Intergenerational Dialogue Through Making Art (2nd Edition)