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Who says art camp is just for kids? These women are coming together to create and have a few laughs

CBC Arts correspondent April Aliermo spends an afternoon at Girls' Art League, where printmaking equals solidarity, laughter and a safe space.

Spend an afternoon at Girls' Art League, where printmaking equals solidarity and laughter

CBC Arts correspondent April Aliermo spends a creative afternoon at Girls' Art League, where printmaking equals solidarity, laughter and a safe space. 2:41

Having a haven in the city to create art on their own terms is a powerful thing for the women of Girls' Art League in Toronto. Since 2014, the supportive space has been open to all of those who identify as women to learn from each other and express themselves freely.

For the women who join one another every week, it's become a meaningful part of their lives. Participant Lina Patriarca values the companionship and self-esteem that she gets from GAL, while Sephra Khan says, "Coming from a Caribbean immigrant background, art was not usually on the forefront of women exploring."

Girls' Art League. (CBC Arts)

In this video, you'll get the chance to sit with them for an afternoon and find out why the league has become so important to these women.

Want to get in on the fun? Head to Girls' Art League here and sign up for a class.

Watch CBC Arts: Exhibitionists online or on Friday nights at 12:30am (1am NT) and Sundays at 3:30pm (4pm NT) on CBC Television.

About the Author

April Aliermo

April Aliermo is a Filipinx-Canadian musician, songwriter, entrepreneur and educator based out of Toronto. She plays bass and co-writes music and lyrics for Hooded Fang and Phèdre. She strives to build conscious communities while having the time of her life.

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