Friday, January 27, 2012

Seeing It Through Your Eyes II

Seeing it Through Your Eyes II is a multicultural project by Connecting Cultures that aims to celebrate the diversity of the cultural communities and reduce racism and hate. 

There are five cultural communities participating, and 2 artists from each community. Each culture will host a meeting open to the public to present and discuss their cultures history and how they connect and support each other. The artists attend all five cultural meetings and create a piece of artwork from what they experienced at each one. There will be a final art show showcasing the 50 works in May at the Cedar Hill Arts Centre.

The five cultural communities & the artists participating are:

Portuguese - Melanie Furtado, Maria Miranda Lawrence

Ukrainian - Olga Lang, Sophia Morrison

Metis - Carol Grenier, Dawne Burron

Filipino - Ed Araquel, Roberto Maralag

Italian - Chiarina Loggio, Giuseppe Buccoliero

1st Meeting- Metis Cultural Community
We had the first meeting back in December, for the Metis community, and it was a really enlightening experience. I really appreciated the opportunity to hear about the history of the Metis people, which was filled with discrimination and challenge. It left me with a deep respect for those who are now embracing their heritage proudly and speaking out about their experiences. 

Here is a video that gives a synapse of the Metis meeting (20 mins): 

2nd Meeting- Ukrainian Cultural Showcase

Sun Jan 29th from 2-5:30 pm 
Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 3277 Douglas St

This event is open to the public and is bound to be both alot of fun and also culturally enriching! Food, drink, art, singing and dancing- what more could you want? Bring a friend or two!