The Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI) had an amazing evening with artists, community builders, and the indigenous community in a networking event about Navigating through Canadian Cultural Identity and Arts for immigrant artists on November 21st, 2019.
This focus was on how local immigrant artists can successfully balance the demands of Canadian cultural identity and the arts. It featured a presentation from Marichu Antonio the director of ActionDignity and Treffrey Deerfoot an Elder and Founder/Manager at Blackfoot Medicine Speaks. They shared insights about building a better community through the arts, maintaining and embracing individual identity while honoring the Canadian culture and best ways to collaborate with the indigenous community.
Bernice Shukairat a career counselor at Centre for Newcomers and Vania Dimitrova an award-winning immigrant artist from Immigrant Services Calgary had a panel discussion where they both talked about their experiences working as a settlement counselor and working as an immigrant artist.
Also in attendance was Julia Alexander, Career Counsellor from CIWA, Jennifer Johnson, programming Director for Arts Commons, Wunmi Idowu, Director for Woezo Africa Music and Dance Theatre Inc. We also had some immigrant artists like Badri Banilohi and Izuchukwu and Maeghan Rodrigues and Priscille Bukasa display their works at the event. Other artists in attendance were Harpreet Dayal, Lanre Ajayi and may more.
We encourage you to watch out and register for other upcoming ICAI events and also ask that you share with as many people as possible.
This event was generously supported by Calgary Arts Developments.