ABOUT DRAG ACADEMY
Message from the Executive Director
COVID-19 has impacted communities globally. Extended periods of social isolation are resulting in unprecedented feelings of loneliness for many young people. Studies are showing that the mental health of young people is suffering.
Tasked with developing a program for 2SLGBTQ+ communities that celebrates art while bringing communities together during the COVID-19 pandemic, I turned to a few artists who were also impacted by the pandemic. Many have lost income from live performances.
To leverage the drag community's talents while exploring the virtual format, I developed the Drag Academy. Drag has a long history in the 2SLGBTQ+ community. It is an art form that challenges our notions of gender expression.
The Academy is designed to elevate Drag as an art form. Our Faculty consists of established and recognizable artists who share their expertise in immersive courses, through seven faculties. Our courses are designed for those with zero experience with Drag to those who have been in the industry for years.
We thank our founding funders, Community One Foundation, Region of Peel, and Government of Canada. Please join us at the academy in one of our free program classes or paid program classes. All funds support local artists!
The Academy is designed to elevate Drag as an art form. Members of the collective share their expertise in immersive courses. The course is designed for those with zero experience with drag to those who have been in the industry for years.
In 2020, Community One Foundation provided a grant to The Concerned Kids Charity to develop a project for 2SLGBTQ+ youth. The Drag Academy was born through consultations with 2SLGBTQ+ artists in the Greater Toronto Area.
Our shield contains the following Elements:
Crown: The crown is an emblem of success.
Eye: Pays homage to its founding house. Haus of Decadence
Book: Represents education and the pursuit of academic excellence
Bees: Creative, efficient, and industry
Our Motto: AB UNO DISCE OMNES- FROM ONE LEARNS ALL