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20 spots available. Apply by July 17.

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About Humans of Hope

Humans of Hope is a 5-part workshop series on how to write poetry that builds belonging and promotes community care.


About Gifted: Black Joy Workshop Series  

Gifted is a five-week virtual workshop series aims to challenge anti-Blackness by exploring Blackness specifically through the lens of art and Black joy.

Gifted aims to invite Black youth to recognize their Blackness as something that inherently makes them special, blessed, unique— something that makes them gifted!

Participants will learn and work with from Black artists to use different areas of art to express their own personal Black joy. They will have the opportunity present their work at our online showcase, and have their work published in our online gallery.

Participants will also receive a $250 honorarium to support their work.

12 spots are available for youth ages 14-18 in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.
Application Deadline: Monday, March 27, MIDNIGHT.

Workshop Schedule (All Online)
The workshop sessions and final showcase will take place online, on Zoom

Session 1: Introduction to Black Joy and the Gifted Workshop Series

Saturday April 1, 4:00-6:00pm 


Session 2: What is anti-blackness?

Saturday April 8, 4:00-6:00pm 

Session 3: Black Joy through Poetry with Joshua "Scribe" Watkis

Saturday April 15, 4:00-6:00pm 

Session 4: Black Joy through Photography with Dwayne Sybbiliss

Saturday April 29, 4:00-6:00pm

Session 5: Black Joy through Conversation with Cadar Mohamud

Saturday May 6, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Session 6: Final Showcase

Saturday May 13, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Participants will receive a $250 honorarium to support their work.

Guest Facilitators


How to Apply

Who can apply?

Black youth ages 14-18 living in the Greater Toronto Area or Hamilton. 12 spots are available.

When is the application deadline?

Monday March 27, 2022 at midnight.

How do I apply?

Fill out the application form at the link below. If you have questions or need help with the application, please email 

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