Out and Loud - An LGTBQ+ day at camp for high school students featuring Holly Painter
A day to enjoy camp, special workshops and social time with LGTBQ+ youth.
Saturday Sept 23
9am - 8pm
Registration opens at 9am
Keynote starts at 10:00 am "Out and Loud" with spoken word poet Holly Painter. Holly shares her 'coming out' story and explores how poetry can be a powerful tool for self-exploration and confidence-building, sharing narratives, inspiring others and advocating and acting to create change.
Also featuring Art with Megan Arnold.
Lunch and Dinner included
(register by Mon Sept 18 to ensure your food order)
$35 per person. Subsidies available. Dress to be outdoors.
Holly's poetry adventures began in 2011 when she first competed on stage at a local poetry slam. Since that first nervous performance, she has become a three-time Grand Slam Champion and Director of the London Poetry Slam, the National Director of Spoken Word Canada, and represented London at four national spoken word festivals. Taking her love of poetry into schools and the community, Holly has spoken to over 40,000 students at 50+ schools across Ontario and worked with over 40 different organizations.
Using poetry to share the messages of "speak your truth" and "show the love", Holly engages and inspires people searching for their own voice. Holly's personal stories shed light on her past struggles to be herself and remain strong in the face of adversity, and she shares those experiences through poetry to encourage and empower others. Holly speaks on topics such as diversity and inclusion, mental health, bullying and violence prevention, and art as a powerful advocacy tool.
Holly is an Artist in Residence for the Thames Valley District School Board, a two-time TEDx speaker, a 2016 London Mayor's Honour List award winner, and testament to the fact that your biggest fear can become your greatest passion.