Exploring inclusion in sport is the main goal for The PrideHouse That Kids Built, a unique art installation made of more than 450 cardboard panels or “bricks” decorated by local elementary school children earlier this year. Using the bricks, Laurentian University School of Architecture students created the final structure, which will be a featured exhibit at Cambrian College’s downtown Open Studio from August 7-15. The opening reception will take place August 7 at 6:30 p.m., in conjunction with the opening ceremonies of the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games. Admission is free.
Through classroom lessons developed by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, teachers challenged their students to create art that identifies why some children feel excluded, or withdraw from sport, and how they may feel safer and welcome to participate. Local youth from the Better Beginnings Better Futures The S.P.O.T program also made artistic contributions.
According to PrideHouseTO inclusion ambassador Pam Pancel, “The PrideHouse That Kids Built initiative is important because it brings childhood experiences of oppression and diversity into focus.” Pancel added that “personal experiences affect the way that kids think about themselves and their place in sport. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students may struggle due to personal characteristics such as sexual orientation, gender expression, or race/ethnicity that can lead to feeling unsafe and unwelcome. This artistic collaboration allows children to express support for one another, to begin to understand difference, and to see the positive impact that inclusive attitudes have on society.”
About PrideHouse: Sudbury Celebrates:
In concert with the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Sudburians are invited to celebrate sports, arts, culture, and competition, while supporting lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) inclusivity at Sudbury’s first PrideHouse, located downtown at Cambrian College’s Open Studio, 93 Cedar Street, Sudbury.
A PrideHouse is a focused and intentional space for activities and programming targeted to LGBTQ people and their allies, situated within a large games event. The concept has evolved markedly since the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and today, PrideHouses are gaining popularity as places where inclusion is celebrated; homophobia and transphobia are challenged; and healthy community and societal attitudes are strengthened.
Key events include:
|August 7||Opening Ceremonies for the Parapan Am Games||6:30 p.m.
Live stream viewing event
|August 7-15||Community Art Installation
The Pride House That Kids Built
|Opening Reception: August 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Mon – Wed: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thurs – Fri: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. (in conjunction with the Downtown Sudbury Art Crawl)
Sat., August 15: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sun., August 16, 12 a.m. – 6 a.m., (in conjunction with Up Fest’s All Night Art Crawl)
Also by appointment
PrideHouse: Sudbury Celebrates has been made possible with support from many partners, including: PrideHouseTO; the Ontario Public Service Pride Network; the ETFO Rainbow Teachers Local; Cambrian College; Fierté Sudbury Pride; Dr. Terence Galvin, Founding Director, Laurentian University School of Architecture; Better Beginnings Better Futures The S.P.O.T.; the City of Greater Sudbury; and Jessica Lambe, a graphic designer who created the promotional materials. PrideHouseTO is a proud partner of TO2015 and is generously supported by the City of Toronto, the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Lead Partner CIBC.
The TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games take place August 7-15.
Pan Am/Parapan Am Games PrideHouseTO Inclusion Ambassador
Caceila Trahan, Youth Outreach Worker
Better Beginnings Better Futures The S.P.O.T.
Open Studio Technician
705-566-8101, ext. 6323