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Leveraging the Power of Art: Cultivating Understanding of the Im/migrant Experience

At Impact North Shore we use innovative approaches to bring people together to build connection and understanding. The Cultivating Connection through Art project brought together 22 im/migrants, from diverse backgrounds, to reflect on their experiences of im/migration.

Participants created a shared understanding of connection and belonging and illustrated that on a canvas together, building new friendships, and connection to their community in the process. The project resulted in 7 unique pieces of art depicting a collective interpretation of the im/migration journey. The artwork and artist statements were displayed at the Delbrook Community Centre and featured in a social media campaign that reached over 16,000 local residents.

“It was a great feeling to touch the paintbrush and color after a long time, and I could share my feelings with others. We should experience life in different ways and build it again.  I experienced rebuilding my life today. We should live life at the moment.”

– Sara Dashti (Artist Statement)

The full collection of works and artist statements are available for viewing online:

Cultivating Connection Through Art – Impact North Shore.

More Impact Stories

In the last year, we have mobilized knowledge, wisdom and tools to increase im/migrant belonging and leadership. Check out the stories below for some more ways we have been building equitable communities.