PRIDE: All Ages Art Nights

CLICK HERE to register for June 29th - Personal Zine

Suggested Materials:
Paper, magazines, printed images, photographs, scissors, glue, mark making tools/colouring materials/other objects you found like to use

Workshop Description:
The Art Gallery of Windsor is hosting a series of free all ages art nights throughout the month of June  to celebrate 2S-LGBTQQIA+ Pride Month! Join 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. 

Each week we will take a look at artworks from the Art Gallery of Windsor’s Collection, discuss the elements of art and principles of design, and have a different activity each week to experiment with different materials to express ourselves and make art!  Tune in, chill out, and learn something new! 

The Art Gallery of Windsor is proud to present this series of events with our community partners: the Run for Rocky Legacy Project, Windsor Youth Centre, Trans Wellness Ontario, Windsor-Essex Pride Fest, and Pozitive Pathways. 

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

Works made during PRIDE: All Ages Art Nights can be submitted to be included in a Community Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Windsor this Fall 2021. Please submit a copy of your work to Derrick at or contact to arrange your submission. Support the Art Gallery of Windsor’s programs and initiatives by becoming a member or making a donation today

About the Facilitator: 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.

About Thrive: Youth Drop-in:Thrive is an initiative at the Art Gallery of Windsor to offer bimonthly virtual peer facilitated drop-in art-based programming for young people in the region. 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. Register HERE for Thrive. 

About Run for Rocky Legacy Project: The Run for Rocky Legacy Project fundraises to support Gay-Straight Alliances/ Gender-Sexuality Alliances in schools in the Windsor-Essex County region and ensure that LGBTQ+ students are supported within their communities. In addition, this funding has helped initiate education programs for parents of LGBTQ+ youth, educators and students, and the broader community alike.

About Windsor Youth Centre: The WYC aims to meet the immediate needs of homeless and at risk of being homeless youth; food, clothing, personal hygiene, assistance navigating agencies, information about shelter plus a safe and nurturing environment. Basically, this is a friendly place where “kids” can feel comfortable and where they can get help. 

About Trans Wellness OntarioThe mission of Trans Wellness Ontario is to enhance and sustain the health & wellness of transgender, genderqueer, two spirit, non-binary, queer and questioning communities & their families. 

About Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Windsor-Essex Pride Fest (WEPF) is an incorporated not-for-profit organization in the Province of Ontario. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, WEPF brings together members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit (LGBTQ2S+) community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of our community by providing advocacy and producing inclusive and safe events, initiatives and social programs. WEPF strengthens the sense of community and contribute to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of LGBTQ2S+ individuals in Windsor-Essex.

About Pozitive PathwaysPozitive Pathways provides client advocacy, support, harm reduction, health promotion and education services for people living with, affected by, or at-risk of HIV, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted blood borne infections (STBBIs) in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent.