Strengthen your relationships with #SpeakOUT!

Starting on August 18, Chroma NB received support from Egale Canada and invited youth to embrace artistic expression, while learning about consent, through SpeakOUT. Knowing that 2SLGBTQIA+ people are at higher risk of gender based violence, and that this can be mitigated through conversations and education for youth, the project was for 2SLGBTQIA+ and ally teens. The three part activity took place August 18 and August 25 at the Teen Resource Center, with the final showcase of pieces held on August 31 at The Art Warehouse.

During the project lead by Chroma’s education coordinator, Mariah Darling, with guests Kelly Morell and Allyson Lutes, participants discussed what consent was and the many relationships in one’s life that are encompassed by consent. In the creative part of SpeakOUT led by Amelia, the project involved the creative process of making art through zines. This process encouraged exploration and reflection on the topic of consent. Participants were given access to a variety of art materials such as coloured paper, markers, pens, pencils, and scissors. They then created unique and personal zines that express their thoughts and feelings on the matter of consent. They were also encouraged to experiment with different art styles for enhanced visual appeal.

The art-making and educational process during SpeakOUT provided a safe and inclusive space for participants to explore their personal boundaries, experiences, and thoughts about consent. It allowed them to express their views in a supportive and non-judgmental environment, which is often challenging to find in other settings. The zines’ art offers a unique way of exploring complex ideas about consent and empowering participants to become agents of change in their communities.

-Luc & Mariah

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