Arts event
August 7th

Creatively Expressing our 2SLGBTI+ Identities Through Intergenerational Daring Dialogue

Intergenerational 2SLGBTQI+ daring dialogue arts project

A project supported by Fierté Montréal

At this event, exchanges between generations will continue, and, through guided-self reflection, participants will respond to the prompt: “How do I celebrate my Queer Joy?”

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

Teaching Artists (7 August, 2024)

Sabrina Bejba

Sabrina Bejba (she/her) is a mixed media visual artist working with cyanotype printmaking techniques. She is a settler of Ukrainian and Italian descent, who grew up and lives in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal).

Bejba’s goal is to inspire experimentation and collaboration, through the magic of art. ‘Community love’ and ‘sense of belonging’ are some of the main themes that she explores in her pieces. Bejba has a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education and has facilitated cyanotype workshops in a variety of school and community settings. Her facilitation approach uses guiding questions that weave in experiential learning through art making.

Falcia Green
Falicia Decontie-Green (Any Pronouns) is an Anishinaabe with roots in Sault Ste Marie (Baawaating). Falicia is a sexual health and gender diversity educator and advocate, as well. Falicia has experience creating and facilitating workshops and curricula on the topics of sexual health and wellness, SSTBI’s, gender diversity and queer health and history for both youth and young adults.

Elizabeth Diane Labelle
Elizabeth Diane Labelle (no pronouns) is of mixed, non-status Mohawk heritage. Diane is a mother, grandmother, and life partner. Diane has over 40+ years of experience in the world of education as a teacher, consultant, administrator, and presenter. Presently, Diane holds the position of Regional Educational Advisor for the First Nations Adult Education School Council. In January of 2023, Diane co-created the first regional Two-Spirit group in Quebec – Cercle Indigiqueer Circle, a group making moves to create visibility of divergent Indigenous genders and sexualities and efforts to break isolation for those living in more remote communities. Diane works with Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and organizations on the issue of “decolonization”, especially in education, by presenting a more complete history of Canada. This provides listeners with the opportunities to increase insights into the impacts of legislation and trauma on the Indigenous nations of Turtle Island – genocide, as well as changes brought to values and perceptions regarding gender and sexualities within Indigenous communities – gendercide. Diane can be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

Jacky Lo
Jacky Lo (he/him) is a Chinese Canadian artist, researcher, and educator from Vancouver living in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal. Lo is completing his Master’s of Art Education at Concordia University, and his research interest explores the materiality of silk in art creation, production, history, and interculturality and how it can inform the past, present, and a reimagined future. Lo has worked in education, exhibition, and collections management for galleries and museums in Vancouver and Hong Kong, as well as community engagement through les ateliers ArtEDU Workshops at Concordia University and Community Stitching projects. He advocates for accessibility and intercultural learning in the arts and education. Lo is a visual artist examining themes surrounding social connections, memories, and identities through textile and paper practices, and he is one of the teaching artists for the exChange project.

Melissa-Ann Pereira Ledo
Melissa-Ann Pereira Ledo (she/her/they) is of azorean settler background, is a proud queer mother, and is an educator/artist/researcher. She has held various roles including: Arts Consultant for the EMSB; co-founder of inPath; lecturer at Concordia University and McGill University; Consultant for Equitas’s LGBTI+ project in Haiti, and ED for Fabrique Familiale la Cabane. Ledo advocates for learner-centered education, emphasizing its ability to enrich students of all levels. Grounded in the belief that the arts are pivotal to education, she promotes authentic learning experiences fostering critical thinking, with a commitment to creating safer learning spaces. Ledo is a PhD Student at McGill University and her current SSHRC-funded PhD research explores the transformative power of Queer Teaching Artists, with a focus on how to support marginalized youth, and aiding schools to become Human Rights leaders. Beyond academia, Ledo is a visual artist exploring storytelling through various mediums, and the project manager for exChange, an initiative fostering dialogue and connection within Montreal’s English-speaking 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.