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, intersectionalities, 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 crafting as a tool of social justice and queer crip resiliency. She has facilitated weekly crafting workshops for Hart House’s wellness programs, she ran LGBTQ community wellness and mental health groups, and currently facilitates workshops on unpacking ableism. Kate has also edited and creative directed two books, Casualty of Love’s Apologies by Cola Bennett and WomanSafeHealth: The Antidote to Status Quo Healthcare. 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. She frequents craft shows and her activism has been featured on CBC radio.
She has just launched her own business, Creativity Coach TO – creativitycoachTO.com and you can see her other projects at katewelsh.ca