It’ll be a month of Pride at PoMoArts as the Port Moody arts hub celebrates diversity and inclusiveness with a gallery shows, events and free workshops for teens.
The series starts June 1 with the True Colours Youth Art Exhibition that runs in the Appleyard Parlour Gallery at the centre (2425 St Johns St.) until June 26.
On June 4, there’ll be a True Colours Family Pride Day from 1 to 4 p.m., where residents can enjoy art activities and music outdoors.
The PLEA Community Services will have a booth on site to promote its programs: Generation-Out and trans support, which are open to young people ages 13 to 17 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited or "questioning."
As well, the Port Moody Public Library will set up a reading space at the event and have books and resources for participating youth.
And, from June 11 to 18, there will be free arts workshops tied to the True Colours theme.
You can go to the exhibitions page on PoMoArts' website to register for the teen classes.
A member of the youth committee that helped to organize the designated month at PoMoArts stated, in a news release, "True Colours means to me what I am and how identities are formed."
"Being able to be a part of this has been a really cool experience and I'm really thankful to be a part of the committee. I hope that it can help out other kids my age and in future years with being themselves and feeling comfortable to express that."