Arts Education

Since 2001, Lindsay Zier-Vogel has been teaching writing and movement workshops in the community and in schools. She has worked with hundreds of students to find their own creative voices and create their own works of art.

From poetry to fiction, contemporary dance workshops and hand-bound books to community-based love letters, Lindsay encourages students from kindergarten to adults to create without judgment, promoting the accessibility of language-based art.

She is currently the Program Director for Word-Play’s Writing in the City creative writing program for Grade 6 students in Toronto. (More here!)

If you would like to host a writing workshop or having Lindsay speak about community engagement or The Love Lettering Project to your event or school, please contact Lindsay at loveletteringproject [at] gmail.com

From a primary school teacher:
“My students were thrilled to take part in Lindsay’s workshop. They were engaged and enthusiastic throughout the workshop, brainstorming about what they loved about their neighbourhoods and communities and writing their letters. It was a great creative writing exercise, and even got the most reluctant writers writing. Lindsay has a gift to engage and connect with those around her to find their creativity and express themselves in their own unique ways. Her workshop was powerful and transformative for both the students and for me and my fellow educators.”
–Teacher with Waterloo Regional District School Board

From Writing the City participants:
“‘Writing the City’, the 8-week writing workshop facilitated by Lindsay created great value to me namely: 1: to be a good writer, one has to practice a lot so since starting the workshop, I resolved to write at least 120 words of poetry or prose daily; 2: to pay more attention and appreciate this wonderful city I live in; and 3: I was able to release, via ink on paper, some overwhelming  emotional burden brought about by sick parents.  I hope she can do this project again and help even more people in the community. Well done, and very much appreciated.”

“I was a regular participant in this fall’s 8-week “Writing the City” program that Lindsay Zier-Vogel led. It was a wonderful experience! Each and every time a new person came, or came and stayed for a couple of weeks, Lindsay welcomed each person with openness, respect, attention, and kindness. I was/am unbelievably impressed with Lindsay’s equanimity during these particular situations, but was impressed and humbled by her in this way throughout the 8 weeks of class.”

“This experience has affected me deeply and that, in turn, has had a wonderful spillover effect on my family. Top of the list is the creator/leader of our group. Individual attention was abundant.  The pace was suitable for the experienced as well as novices like me. I felt empowered after this course. This helped all in my family to continue on with our care responsibilities. I can’t say enough what a difference these eight weeks have meant to me.”

From a Love Lettering Project-based workshop with Grade 4 and 5 students:
“I learned that if you share love around you, it makes everyone happy.”

“Something new I learned is that my neighbourhood is better than I thought it was.”

“I learned that a simple letter can make someone’s day.”

“I liked hiding my love letter the best because you get to think about all the hiding spots. I like that when you come back to the hiding spots, and the letter is gone, you get excited that someone found it.”

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2019
Toronto: Writing The City: An 11-week writing workshops at Parkdale Library (with funding from the Ontario Arts Council)

2018
Toronto: Writing The City: An 11-week writing workshops at Annette St. Library (with funding from the Ontario Arts Council)
Toronto: Word On The Street: Learning Station

2017
Toronto: Writing The City: Two 8-week writing workshops at Parkdale Library (with funding from the Ontario Arts Council)
Toronto: Guest lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Literary Citizenship class

2016
Toronto: Artist mentor with the tdsb CREATES program
Toronto: Guest lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Literary Citizenship class

2015
Toronto: Urban Intervention workshops for Grade 11 students at Central Toronto Academy.
Toronto: Taught a writing workshop with ESL students at The Language Gallery.

2014
Tour of Yukon & NWT : Collaborated with DreamCatcher Mentoring for a three-city tour of Canada’s North. Supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts, Lindsay worked with high school students and teachers in Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Fort Smith on art projects based on community engagement. As a long-term DCM mentor, she shared her experiences as a community engagement artist and writer.

Toronto:  Taught a poetry workshop with Grade 2 students at West Prep Public School (more info here)

2013
Toronto: Featured at Morningside Library’s literacy festival, Toronto Public Library

Montreal: Guest speaker at Concordia University’s School of Extended Learning University of the Streets Café program

Toronto: Guest speaker at the University of Toronto’s Material Culture program.

Toronto: Guest at Toronto Public Library Author Talks and Lectures with Seen Reading’s Julie Wilson

Toronto: Guest speaker at University of Toronto’s Victoria College Alumni lecture series

2012
Yorkton, SK: Artist-in-residence at Yorkton Regional High School, teaching the writing portion of a three week integrated movement-sound-and-writing workshop with Grade 10 and 11 drama students.

Toronto: Writing workshop at Sister Writes.

2011
Toronto: TIFF Learning: Developing Students Through Film placement at St. Mike’s Hospital in-patient program through the Artist Educators in Communities and Schools Intensive

Toronto: Taught hardcover bookbinding workshops at The Paper Place (2011-13)

Toronto: Selected as one of 30 arts educators to attend the Artist Educators in Communities and Schools Intensive through Canadian Stage, in partnership with PAONE (Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education)

Toronto: Delegate at the Artist Educator Exchange Conference

Toronto: Guest judge at Parklawn Junior Middle School‘s Grade 8 poetry slam.

Toronto/Yukon/NWT/Nunavut: Mentored students for the Dream Catcher Mentoring, a program, that connects high school students in the Far North with Canadian mentors (2011-14)

2010
Kitchener, ON: Poetry workshop with Pathways Education

Toronto: Facilitated bookbinding workshops at Sister Writes, a writing workshop for disadvantaged women in Toronto (2010-11)

2003-2009
Vancouver: Artist in residence at Mt. Pleasant Public School in Vancouver, BC, funded through the ArtStarts program and The Please Mum Foundation. (2008)

Toronto: led an integrated arts-based curriculum in five Toronto schools that integrated the Dance Curriculum, funded by Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education Grant (2007-8)

Toronto: taught a “found materials” publishing workshop at the Youth Scream’s annual high school student conference at Marc Garneau C.I. (2004)

Toronto: led an integrated arts-based curriculum in five Toronto schools funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education Grant that integrated the Dance Curriculum with the students’ creation of poetry and individual hard-cover hand-bound books. (2003-4)

Toronto: Guest Lecturer at the University of Toronto. Taught a books and multiples workshop for Professor Don Holman’s Fine Arts Seminar (2003)

Toronto: Taught an “Alternative Technique” Class with the Series 8:08