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Black Queer & Trans Excellence

June 16, 2020 @ 11:00 AM 12:00 PM

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This event includes ASL interpretation

Join us for a 12 part, four-week interview series while we sit down with a line up of local community legends, rising stars, and community organizations.

In Conversation with:
Community Legend

Gloria Swain


Gloria C Swain is a Black artist and activist whose practice takes the form of paintings, installations, photography, storytelling, and performance. She is particularly interested in the connections between art and healing, and often uses her work as a vehicle to confront ongoing colonial violence against Black women and trans folks. Her work explores and connects past traumas of slavery to ongoing colonial violence, ageism, and mental health. Gloria explores her own experience as an older marginalized Black woman in the mental health system and speaks to stigmas surrounding sexuality, race, age, and mental health. Her work brings awareness and opens the conversation to address the overlooked victimization of Black women and trans folks through police brutality. In 2019, Gloria was the Feminist Art Collective artist-in-resident at Artscape Gibraltar Point. In 2016, she was artist-in-resident at Tangled Art & Disability. She holds a certificate in Community Arts Practice and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University. Her work has shown in Toronto, Manitoba, and Montreal. She is also a facilitator and writer about disability and arts activism whose work have been published in Cultivate Feminism, the Peak Magazine, and the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.

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