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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.

→ Click here to request a workshop

  • “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

  • “The best story I have to share about my experience is from Balmoral School where at the end of the workshop one teacher came to me and told me that a new Syrian refugee student had joined the school two weeks ago. This student was very quiet and when she spoke most teachers and students didn’t understand her. The teacher said my dance workshop was the first time in two weeks this student had smiled and engaged and come alive and looked happy. THIS is why this program is needed.”

    – Lopa Sarkar, MAY Instructor, Dance

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Some schools in the Peel District School Board that have requested a MAY workshop include:

  • Applewood School
  • Balmoral Drive Senior Public School
  • Balmoral Senior Public school
  • Balmoral Sr. Public School
  • Belfountain Public School
  • Beryl Ford Public School
  • Brisdale Public School
  • Caledon East Public School
  • Castlebridge Public School
  • Cawthra Park Secondary School
  • Centennial Senior Public School
  • Chinguacousy Secondary School
  • Copeland Public School
  • Corliss Public School
  • Corsair Public School
  • Darcel Avenue Senior Public School
  • Darcel Senior Public School
  • Earnscliffe Public School
  • Earnscliffe Senior Public School
  • Erin Centre Middle School
  • Fallingdale Public School
  • Garthwood park Public School
  • Glendale Public School
  • Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School
  • Grenoble Public School
  • Herb Campbell Public School
  • Homestead Public School
  • Janet I. McDougald
  • John Fraser Secondary School
  • Larkspur Public School
  • Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School
  • Lorenville Public School
  • Marvin Heights Public School
  • Massey Street Public School
  • McKinnon Public School
  • Morning Star Middle School
  • Rick Hansen Secondary School
  • Riverside Public School
  • Royal Orchard Middle School
  • Sheridan Park Public School
  • Springbrook Public School
  • The Woodlands School
  • Thorn Lodge Public School
  • Thorndale Public School
  • Vista Heights Public School
  • W.G. Davis Senior Public School
  • West Credit Secondary School
  • Whitehorn Public School

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