Thrive: Drop-In Arts Programming for Youth

Thrive summer

Tuesday, July 13 | 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesday, July 27 | 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesday, August 10 | 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesday, August 24 | 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Thrive is a new initiative at the Art Gallery of Windsor to offer bimonthly virtual peer facilitated drop-in art-based programming for young people in the region and beyond. Thrive aims to offer young people, particularly 2S-LGBTQQIA+ youth and our allies, a welcoming and respectful (virtual) space to meet, learn, and grow through the arts and culture. Together, we will explore artworks in the AGW’s permanent collection and engage in arts-based activities, as well as having time to socialize and chat with each other. Thrive’s mandate is to create greater access to arts-based learning opportunities and compelling artistic, cultural, and heritage experiences for youth in the region.


Register Here:


- A good internet connection
- A microphone and camera-enabled (optional) computer, tablet or smartphone, earphones
- The virtual date night will be delivered via the app Discord. Please download the app prior to the event and register to receive the server link.

How To Join: Once you have registered using the registration link, you will be sent an email with all the necessary information and details about how to access by phone, computer or tablet.


For more information please contact Derrick at


Thrive is hosted by Special Initiatives Coordinator, Derrick Carl Biso. Mx. Derrick Carl Biso (they/them/theirs) is a queer non-binary white settler Canadian from the province of Prince Edward Island. They work as a designer, artist, educator, and philosopher living in so-called Windsor, Ontario. Their artistic practice & research is currently focused on identity, relationships, responsibility, ethics, the erotic, history, mythmaking/myth-breaking, and conscientization. Derrick graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Diversity and Social Justice Studies. They are now studying Psychology & Visual Arts at the University of Windsor.


This program is presented by the Art Gallery of Windsor and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.