The #MonsterArts for Youth (MAY) program is set to celebrate International Women’s Day by offering free workshops by its artists to schools in the Peel region.

MonstrARTity, the organization that runs the MAY program, strongly believes that women are major contributors to the society and they have been making a mark across all fields, while also being exceptional role models to children of all ages. International Women’s Day is the perfect time to highlight the accomplishments of all the amazing women artists who lead MAY workshops. The MAY team is proud to have an inspiring group of women as leaders in the arts, and inspire the next generation. The MAY program is able to bring professional, world-class artists into schools to teach students about South Asian film, poetry, spoken word, Bollywood dance, music, drama, and visual arts at no cost to schools or students. This year’s talented women include: former Miss India Canada Worldwide Uppekha Jain, author Sheniz Janmohamed, performer Reshmi Dave, singer and dancer Krystal Kiran, and artistic director Ria Aikat.

“For many students, opportunities to take part in a variety of free cultural workshops are rare. These workshops help foster an understanding, appreciation, and interest for not only the arts but also for the rich cultural diversity of our communities. It was so convenient for the artist to visit the school as opposed to students having to travel by bus to a studio. The convenience of the program cannot be beaten,” said Sharma Mehta, teacher at McKinnon Public School.

Curated by professional artists, the #MonsterArts for Youth program is the perfect way to get kids excited about the arts and to learn about their own culture and the cultures of their classmates in a fun, approachable environment. Schools and teachers looking to book a workshop with one of our world-class artists can visit www.monsterartsforyouth.com for more details.

Photo: Broadway performer, dancer and artist, Krystal Kiran with students at a MAY workshop.

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