Rup Sidhu is an interdisciplinary artist and facilitator currently residing on unceded Coast Salish Territories, Vancouver BC. Rup’s work meets at the intersection of social justice and the arts, for the past 13 years he has been growing his understanding of anti-oppression and empowerment work. He has created and led hundreds of programs and trainings with youth and adults. Rup brings a focused presence, strong leadership skills and a contagious enthusiasm, which effectively engages, inspires and guides participants. He leads programs with a variety of organizations including the Access to Media Education Society, an organization dedicated to anti-oppression training and putting media tools in the hands of marginalized people: the Power of Hope; an art’s based empowerment organization; Reel Youth, a media empowerment project supporting youth, adults and organizations to create and distribute engaging films about the issues they care about most. the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, a free music school for inner city youth; and he co-founded Metaphor, a program dedicated to bringing hip hop workshops and performances into schools, detention centers and rural communities.