Alberta's Premier Rachel Notley will be hosting Calgary’s first Art from the Unknown exhibit at McDougall Centre. Our guerrilla art installation Disposable Red Woman will be featured in the display. As a social experiment, the artists of this display placed the piece on various streets in Calgary, Canada and started filming the public’s reactions. This art piece questions our lack of responsibility and urgency about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans & Two-Spirits in Canada. The artists of this project hope to evoke empathy and a sense of urgency in society to intervene with this injustice.
We invite everyone to join us and see our art work and experiment in action. This free event provides a no-cost gallery space to new and emerging artists in our community. Art from the Unknown will be held at the historic McDougall Centre building at 455 6 St. SW.
Written by Mansharn Toor, Policy Analyst of Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation
As a response to the current state of race relations, Anti-Racist activists — Alisha Gordon, Mel Vee, Souad Farag and Iman Bukhari —took some time over the past weekend to pass on techniques and practices they use in their activism and day-to-day. Conversations about racism are never easy to facilitate, to help guide people to build a space for respectful dialogue, our panelists identified four tools: relationship building, self-compassion, ally-ship and introspection.
Race and racism are not stagnant concepts, rather, race and racisms evolve and manifest differently, depending upon the place, time, individual and situation. Conversations about racism is never easy, however, by using the tools listed above, we hope that individuals will take the steps necessary to take part in open and respectful dialogues about racism. We thank Calgary’s Community Wise for hosting, and the panelist and audience for taking the time to have a frank conversation about racism.
The free event mentioned above was brought to you by a collaboration between Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation, Uproot YYC, and Community Wise Resource Centre.