Given the horrific events that occurred on Monday, we will be organizing a vigil for the victims of the Toronto van attack. This will be an open space to light a candle and come together as a community to show our support for Toronto. We will also have a large sheet where folks can write their condolences to the victims. It will take place at 6pm on Wednesday, April 25th outside of Calgary’s City Hall. All are welcome and invited to drop by. We encourage everyone in attendance to keep in mind that this vigil will focus on solidarity in times of tragedy, and therefore we will not be asking any politicians to speak. We believe this is a time to hold space and honour those who lost their lives. We recognize that many factors and intersecting issues were at play that led to this incident, and there will be times and places to address those issues in the future; however, right now we would like to peacefully unite and pay our respects to the victims and their families.
We would also like to acknowledge this ceremony will be held on traditional Treaty 7 territory.
Arts Commons is proud to welcome the first artist to pilot their PREAMP Initiative: Iman Bukhari.
Iman is the founding member and CEO of our organization. She is using the one-week short-term residency at Arts Commons to create a multimedia art project titled WOC: A Sisterhood. This project is about the complicated relationship between feminine beauty, identity, and race (WOC meaning Women of Colour and also a play-on words of WOKE). This project builds on Iman's passion for social justice and the complex intersections of race. For her, this experiment is “about showing women of colour who are un-apologetically themselves… because it takes guts to be yourself.”
Join us on Sunday, April 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Arts Learning Centre at Arts Commons for an informal open house, where you can see what Iman has been working on during the week. This is a FREE event, no tickets or RSVP is required.