For Women of Colour, By Women of Colour

The D.I.V.A. Program

D.I.V.A. stands for Diversity in Video, Audio & the Arts. Created by
True Daley & Geena Lee in 2009, the D.I.V.A. Program is an education
and training workshop series in music, media and the performing arts
for young women of colour (aged 15-25) living in low-income
neighbourhoods.

This FREE program currently runs in partnership with the City of Toronto,
three times a year in 9-week intervals at Driftwood Community Centre. Each session ends with the DIVAFEST showcase, which participants take part in planning as well as performing their original pieces created while in the program.
All graduates receive a CD & DVD entitled ‘Diva Diaries’, featuring
their creative works.

By providing a safe space for learning, participants are taught
creative, technical, and professional skills from established women of
colour in the music and media industries.

Along with its regularly scheduled classes, the D.I.V.A. program is
mobile and is available for contracted workshops and presentations at
any school, community centre or organization that is in need of their
services.  Run by women of colour for women of colour, the aim of the
D.I.V.A. program is to empower and educate participants in a way that
is sensitive to their culture, ethnicity and gender.

To register for the program or to book True & Geena for your school or organization, email divaprogram@gmail.com

The Co-Founders & Facilitators

Geena Lee

A graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts program,
Geena Lee has over 15 years of experience in radio broadcasting and
audio production. She has hosted and produced shows on CHRY105.5FM
(Gospel Vision), FLOW93.5FM (The Lovezone), and while living in Taiwan
for 2 years, The Zone on ICRT FM.

Geena currently has her own radioblog The Lovezone with Geena Lee at
http://www.geenalee.com. A voice actor for radio, television and film
productions, Geena is also a freelance writer and journalist,
regularly contributing articles to Sway Magazine and CreamWorld
Magazine. Geena’s motto is: “It’s better to know where to go and not
know how, than to know how to go, and not know where.”

True Daley

A graduate of Fanshawe College’s Broadcast Journalism program,
True Daley has over 20 years of experience in print media, broadcast
journalism, and the performance arts.

Originally from Montreal, True has hosted shows on CKUT FM 90.3
(Masters At Work), FLOW 93. 5 (Morning News Anchor &
co-host/co-producer of ‘News and Views with Spiria and True), and
while living in Taiwan for 4 years, she was a children’s TV host on
TVBS (ABC Bakery) and the morning news anchor on
ICRT FM.

True is also an actor and award-winning singer/songwriter.
As an actor/on-air host, she has been featured on MuchMusic, The Life
Network (English Teachers), HBO (Soul Food), CBC ( Zed), Toronto 1
(The Last Call) and more. She is also a freelance writer who has been
published in The TorontoStar, Peace!, Sway and CreamWorld magazines. She currently has her own video blog ‘True Talk’ on truedaley.com.

 

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