About the Program

Originally created to celebrate South Asian Heritage month in May, the Monster Arts for Youth (M.A.Y.) program is now available throughout the entire year!

Youth

Under the M.A.Y. Program, schools are able to bring professional, world-class artists into the classroom to teach students about South Asian film, toys and games. They can create their own poetry, practice South Asian dance, visual arts and music. Thanks to funding by the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, TD Bank and Port Credit Community Fund, each publicly funded school in Peel Region receives first two workshops for free and half off subsequent workshops. Schools outside of Peel Region and all non-profit organizations can receive workshops at a subsidized rate.

M.A.Y. workshops provide an unprecedented way to break cultural silos in the classroom. The program exposes students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds to South Asian arts as a means to integrate cultures, introduce students to different art forms and most importantly, express what they’ve learned in their own voice. This year M.A.Y. workshops are available in 258 schools in the Peel District School Board and to over 150,000 students.

Seniors

The #MonsterArts for Youth Seniors Program is a program run by MonstrARTity, in collaboration with Indus Community Services, wherein South Asian seniors receive free workshops from experienced artists in various South Asian art forms such as dance, music, poetry and visual arts.

Thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the MAY Seniors Program is expanding to provide more workshops in languages such as Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Gujarati. And thanks to the Region of Peel and Canadian Red Cross Society, the program has now been adapted to a fully VIRTUAL experience. The MAY Seniors Program serves as a cornerstone of support for South Asian seniors in developing feelings of harmony & camaraderie within the community and reducing feelings of isolation

  • “It is always difficult for teachers to ensure that culturally relevant materials is covered in a professional way, we don’t often have the access to what we need. to have this program relieves our stress and benefits the students”

    – Janet ClattenBurg, Teacher, Derry West Village PS

  • “Very important for students to be exposed to other cultures – also this is directly connected to the Grade Two curriculum as well as it teaches students about the need to be INCLUSIVE which is one of our character traits.”

    – Wendy Murray, Teacher, Janet McDougald PS

  • “Students left with knowledge of a dance style that may have been familiar, but never actually experienced. Very beneficial!“

    – Amanda Rocha, Teacher, Hillside