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. (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 in 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.

Phase two:

An event that focuses on deeper exchange + focused art making.

Next event will be scheduled for the spring – stay tunned!