The Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI) held its inaugural networking event on Thursday, September 26th, at the Calgary Central Library, BMO room at 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm. The director and founder Toyin Oladele discussed the vision for creating a local council in Calgary where emerging immigrant artists feel free to create, connect and display their works in an environment that fosters support, inclusion, diversity of expression and culture.
Invited guests Jordan Baylon, Mark Hopkins, Kizzie Sutton, and immigrant artist Sleman Abdul discussed their importance of creating an inclusive community in the arts where professional artists can thrive and be paid for their skills. They also stressed the means through which this can be achieved.
The event sparked a lot of discussions in the community and several collaborations have emerged from the energy of the contact that was in the room on that day.
Other participants were both Canadian and new immigrant artists who loved the growth and wanted more information that would create more collaborations. Immigrant Serving agencies like Centre for New Comers, CCIS, and Immigrant Services Calgary were also there to stay informed about this new development for immigrant artists.
This event is generously supported by Calgary Arts Developments.
Artists like Maya Corona, Lida Soghrati, Gizelle Erdei, Mel Vee X, Fredy graced the occasion with their talent.