Thursday, July 9, 2015

Vociferous - An Update!

Thanks to everyone who liked and share the original Vociferous post. I've been thinking a lot about what I want this project to look like, and how I want it to function. I want it to be free to evolve as more people get involved and work with me - but as I begin I am going to start with a specific collaborative art project.

Do you know any women who are artists (of any kind!)? For this project they do not have to be local to Toronto (but I would like a few to be). As mentioned - I'm especially looking to include women of colour, trans women, disabled women, mentally ill women, LGBT women and anyone traditionally excluded from feminist leadership. They would need to be willing to talk to me for 20 minutes and allow me to record a small portion of our discussion. I would be recording it with both video and audio.

I want to speak with them specifically about the idea of being an artist (comedian, dancer, creator etc) and a woman, and how these areas intersect. I'm hoping to create the first piece of the Vociferous project!

Lets make more art and explore new ideas.

PS. I've set up a Twitter and Instagram which you can find below:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Vociferous Art Project

Vociferous is an art project very much inspired by Toronto's Girls Art League (GAL) and their mission to empower girls and women through visual arts.

With this project I hope to explore ideas of beauty, belonging, self worth and feminism. 

I want to explore and highlight some of the areas of exclusion within the feminist movement including the exclusion of women of colour, trans women, disabled women, mentally ill women and women in challenging economic situations.

I'm still not entirely sure what this will look like, or how this will function, but I'm getting started and we will figure it out.

If you know any feminist artists, thinkers, poets, dancers, or creators... please send them my way! I am looking to collaborate in any way possible. I would especially love to work with women that identify as being members of any of the traditionally excluded groups listed above.

Please feel free to email me at, comment here, or tweet me @CarlyMFriesen with any suggestions.

Vociferous: (especially of a person or speech) Showing strong feelings; forceful, passionate, or intense

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy Pride!!!

I'm off to march in the rainy Pride Parade this afternoon! I can't wait to spend the afternoon celebrating diversity and inclusion. Happy Pride :)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dancehall Performance!

A few weeks ago I had my first ever dance performance!! It was such a thrill, and an amazing experience. I met the absolute best people, and learned so much along the way (clich├ęd, but true!).

I hope there will be a video to share soon, but for now, here are a few pics of the awesome costumes!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Career Goals

I recently changed jobs and was able to begin working in Toronto (a long standing goal of mine). This change got me thinking about my other career related goals, and where I want to see my work head in the next few years.

I was given a great piece of advice by a mentor of mine to "make an elevator pitch for your career". She suggested that I try to be able to articulate what I want out of my career long-term in 90 seconds or less. I have been thinking about it for a few weeks now, and I definitely don't have one firm pitch ready to go - but I do want to share what I have come up with so far.

The extremely short version is this: I want to work in a setting where I can leverage my passions, skills and past experiences to help make positive change.

But since I have a whole 90 seconds in this hypothetical situation.. I will elaborate a little more.

I want to help people.  
I want to contribute to making the world a more equitable place for all. I want to work with women, children, and youth to empower them to be the writers of their own stories - no matter what has happened to them. I want to stand with marginalized people and work with them towards empowerment and success. I want to connect with communities, and build systemic change to ensure all people have a chance to achieve their dreams!

It might sound a bit lofty or intense - but that's it. That sums up my long term career goals in less than 90 seconds!

It is exciting to see that I am working in the right direction, and that I am in a far better position than I was just 2 months ago. In my current role I get to interact with different charities every day, and help them gain access to valuable resources. Let's see where this takes me!