Holy Trinity School, in partnership with St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, are excited to bring Our Safe Spaces Project to grade 6-12 students of CIS and CAIS affiliated schools.
The exhibit of student photography will run during the ScotiaBank Contact Photography Festival in Toronto. This is an opportunity for students to exhibit work in a professional gallery,
and to participate in the Contact Photography Festival in May 2016. The exhibit will run May 2-15 with the official opening happening at 6:30-8:30 pm on Monday, May 2nd.

 Our Safe Spaces Project invites students to think about the spaces and places in their lives. Students are encouraged to think about where, when and with whom they feel most welcome, accepted, comfortable, and photograph their “safe spaces” in a way that communicates that feeling to the viewer. 

At a time when young people are experiencing anxiety, bullying, and peer pressure like never before, this exhibition will encourage hundreds of students to recognize and depict the spaces where they feel most safe.

 Students will be engaged in an authentic learning experience with real world applications and given a vehicle to showcase their work in 2 Studio Galleries in Toronto's hippest new creative space, Artscape Youngplace.  The result will be a stunning exhibition of over 400 projected and printed images, all depicting students’ interpretations of “safe spaces”. 

The CISOntario and CAIS Independent Schools Exhibition will run during the first 2 weeks of the ScotiaBank Contact Photography Festival, May 2-15, 2016. A selection of over 30 of the best images will be printed and hung, and all submissions will be projected digitally in the exhibit space.

Digital submissions from CIS and CAIS schools, grades 5-12, from across Ontario will be accepted from January 4,  2016 through Feb 29, 2015. Follow us on Twitter @oursafespaces @ @ouoursafespaces  

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival  is an annual event in May with well over 1500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1997, the Festival is now a charitable organization and presents a diverse range of programs throughout the community.The foundation of CONTACT was based on an open call to participate, enabling emerging artists to show their work concurrent with exhibitions of works by leading professionals. Today the Open Exhibitions continue to encourage community involvement across the city at galleries, community centres, educational and international institutions, restaurants, cafes, retail stores, and many alternative locations.