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SHINE ON – Activist Love Letters: A Workshop with Syrus Marcus Ware

March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


If you could reach out to one person who moves you by what they do, who would it be? What would you say?

Activist Love Letters is a participatory workshop that encourages the audience to get involved in sustaining a movement and supporting their communities. Inspired by the powerful and often hidden letters that activists, artists and organizers have sent to each other – words of support and encouragement, words of rage and fear, cautions and inspirations alike – this project makes space to consider our own activism and that of the people we hold dear.


Bring your passion, feel the love and get inspired to write to someone working to make the world a place you want to live in; and/or a community that you want to be part of!

This workshop will be led by Syrus Marcus Ware. Syrus is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, and educator. He uses painting, installation, and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and has shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is part of the Performance Disability Art Collective and a core team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. He has won several recognitions including the TD Arts Diversity Award (2017), Steinert & Ferreiro Award (2012), and “Best Queer Activist” from NOW Magazine (2005).


Workshop Facilitator: Syrus Marcus Ware

Host: Michèle Pearson Clarke (Writer, Educator, Photograher, Filmographer)


The SHINE ON series is taking place March 8-22, 2021. Featuring artists working with different mediums, this series explores the connections between art, identity, and community building. SHINE ON is presented by the Unversity of Toronto Sexual & Gender Diversity Office in partnership with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, working closely with Michèle Pearson Clarke, the inaugural Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies Artist-in-Residence.


March 22
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Sexual & Gender Diversity Office
Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies


Virtual Event. Please register for more details.