About the Program
Started in 2013, #MonsterArts for Youth (MAY) provides children of all backgrounds hands-on workshops in Bollywood and bhangra dance, Hindi music, ghazal writing, mandala-making, filmmaking and more, led by professional artists, to break cultural silos and fill gaps in the culturally relevant curriculum. South Asian students see themselves reflected in the curriculum, while non-South Asian students are invited to experience and understand the culture.
MAY is supported by the Peel District School Board and York Region District School board, with workshops available virtually and in-person to all public, Catholic and private schools across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area at a subsidized rate.
Started in 2018, #MonsterArts for Seniors provides the elderly with stimulating, professionally-led arts workshops in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil and more to reduce feelings of isolation. Seniors enjoy South Asian culture through workshops in Bollywood dance, Hindi and Tamil music, poetry, painting, and so on. This program fills gaps in cultural and language-specific services for seniors in the community. Seniors reconnect with their peers through free, interactive workshops led by experienced artists. The workshops are available virtually and in-person at no cost to the seniors.
Started in 2020, #MonsterArts for Survivors provides diverse women in shelters with professionally-led South Asian art workshops as a vehicle for self-expression and building supportive networks through a collaborative creation process, using cultural arts like ghazal, poetry, mandala, and various dance forms like Bhangra, Bollywood, and yoga-dance fusions.