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The Speak Up Arts Program

Community Arts and Heritage Education Program (CAHEP), Thunder Bay, Ontario

This program engages girls in weekly artist-led projects in both school and community settings in Thunder Bay. The goal is to empower girls who face social barriers through activities including dance, drama, literary arts, music, new media, urban art, and visual art. The program approach honours Northern Ontario and First Nations views of leadership, which celebrate those whose voices may not always be heard. The program will involve 7th- and 8th-grade students from one school for the first two years, with the long-term goal of expanding to a second school.
Grant amount: $144,000 over 4 years

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