The Special Initiatives Project is focused on inspiring 2S-LGBTQQIA+ youth and young adults through greater access to arts-based learning opportunities and compelling artistic, cultural, and heritage experiences. 


THRIVE: Drop-In Arts Programming for Youth

In partnership with the Run for Rocky Legacy Project, the Art Gallery of Windsor launched THRIVE: Drop-In Arts Programming for Youth in January of 2021. 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. In working with local school boards and educators, THRIVE’s arts-based programming has been delivered to students virtually. This program is presented by the Art Gallery of Windsor and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Learn more... 

PRIDE: All Ages Art Nights

To commemorate June as 2S-LGBTQQIA+ Pride Month, the Art Gallery of Windsor is partnering with the Run for Rocky Legacy Project, Trans Wellness Ontario, the Windsor Youth Centre, and Windsor Pride Fest to offer a weekly series titled PRIDE: All Ages Art Nights! Facilitated by Thrive: Youth Drop-In facilitator, Derrick Carl Biso, on Zoom on Tuesday evenings from June 8th-29th at 7pm-8pm for virtual workshops using various materials to make expressive artworks. Works made during PRIDE: All Ages Art Nights can be submitted to be included in a Community Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Windsor, scheduled for Fall 2021. Learn more...

Call for Submissions! “Pride & Joy” Community Art Exhibition

To celebrate Pride Week in Windsor-Essex, the Art Gallery of Windsor is partnering with Windsor-Essex Pride Fest to showcase artworks made by members of our community who are 2S-LGBTQQIA+ and our allies.

Do you want to display your work in our Community Exhibition? You can submit any artwork you have made through programming at the Art Gallery of Windsor or on your own. The AGW wants to encourage community members of all ages and skill-levels to submit their work.

Everyone who participates will receive two passes for admission to the Art Gallery of Windsor!
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Special Exhibition, Summer 2022

The Special Initiatives Project will culminate in a thematic exhibition of artworks from the Art Gallery of Windsor’s permanent collection, featuring artists who are also a part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, 2-Spirit, Intersex, and Ace community, historically and living; as well as a community exhibition of works made by local community members (scheduled for the Summer of 2022). The project purpose is to contribute to discussion about the fluidity and evolving nature of identity – especially in relation to sex/gender, and sexuality; and to explore histories about sex/gender and sexual identity through artworks and the lives of artists. More details coming soon.  


About the Special Initiatives Coordinator

Mx. Derrick Carl Biso (they/them/theirs) works at the Art Gallery of Windsor as the Special Initiatives Coordinator. They are a queer non-binary white settler from the province of Prince Edward Island. They labour as a designer, artist, educator, and philosopher living in 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 studying Psychology & Visual Arts at the University of Windsor and live with their wife, Janet, and cat, Eleanor.


The Special Initiatives project is funded through a Seed Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.