Kate Welsh is a white settler, cis queer crip community activist, feminist artist and educator. She is passionate about building communities of care and striving to create safer, anti-oppressive spaces. Living with both visible and invisible episodic disabilities, Kate navigates complex experiences through art, activism and community care. Kate’s interests include community building, feminism, intersectionality, disabilities, queer identities and knowledge sharing. Kate was born and raised in the US but moved and then immigrated to Canada and has been in Toronto for over ten years. Kate did her undergraduate education in sociology and drama studies and is involved in the Toronto indie theatre community. Particularly participating in collaborative theatre creation as a part of Buddies in Bad Times queer youth arts program as well as the Artists Mentoring Youth Project (AMY). Over the past 7 years she has had to refocus her art practices away from theatre as her ability fluctuates.
Kate finished her Masters of Education at OISE in spring 2017 where she focused on researching queercrip identities and resiliency strategies. Additionally she facilitated weekly crafting workshops for Hart House’s wellness programs, she runs LGBTQ community wellness and mental health groups and continues to co-author books for WomanSafeHealth on women’s health care and advocacy. Most recently Kate has been working on an initiative to promote the social inclusion, awareness and policy recommendations for people with Episodic Disabilities, disabilities that have periods of wellness and periods of illness including many chronic health conditions. She has been exploring ways in which to not just change policy but make lives better now by creating consumable art that tackles hard to talk about topics such as chronic illness.
Masters of Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Sociology and Drama Studies, Glendon College, York University
Kate facilitates a variety of workshops on disability, LGBTQ identities, healthcare, mental health, self care and wellness. More details
Riding public transit can be hard especially if you have an episodic disability, chronic illness or invisible disability. This button is a quick DIY way for you to ask for what you need without having to disclose diagnosis. Episodic disabilities are long-term conditions that are characterized by periods of good health interrupted by periods of illness or disability. These periods may vary in severity, length and predictability from one person to another. HIV, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and MS are some examples. Check out equitybuttons.com
Kate has been on CBC radio speaking about this project.
Kate did an artist residency on the Toronto island in May 2017 with a bunch of other feminist artists. In this process she created 11 "greeting/get well" cards for folks with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
Kate is currently working on getting these cards into hospital gift shops. If you have a connection email her :)
To purchase a card go to katewelsh.ca/shop
To see the exhibition @ Hart House go here.