Cover Photo By Drasko Bogdanovic
John Caffery is a multidisciplinary artist and community worker who engages art in social change and works on creative responses to oppression. His 15 year career began on the stages of Vaseline, the legendary party where he performed as a dancer. As a founding member of artist collective Kids on TV, he toured internationally, produced film and video, as well as published. John has worked with the Art Gallery of York University, National Arts Centre, and Harbourfront Centre. In 2015 he was Artist in Residence with Mammalian Diving Reflex at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
In 2016 he was the festival curator for the central stage of Toronto Pride. John is a designer and a mentor for the Banff Centre leadership institute. John was selected to be part of the Cultural Leaders Lab, created by Toronto Arts Council and The Banff Centre to enhance leadership capacity in Toronto’s arts and culture sectors. In 2017, John began a new role as a professor at George Brown college teaching Human Sexuality and Campaign and Community Organizing.
At Supporting Our Youth (SOY), John designed the program: H.E.A.T.(Human Rights Equity Access Team) to engage LGBTQ2S youth using arts-based methods to develop skills and opportunities that empower them to be active citizens and advocates for social justice. A newly published toolkit and resource guide created by members of Two Spirit, Trans and Queer communities called Inside The Kaleidoscope was compiled by Kim Katrin Milan, Kusha Dadui, and John, and is available through Artreach.
John is currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University to explore the intersections of Art & Activism within 2SLGBTQ communities and how to best engage youth in Social Justice.