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“All immigrants are artists because they create a life, a future, from nothing but a dream. The immigrant’s life is art in its purest form.” - Patricia Engel

08 Jun The immigrant life: “Art in its purest form”

“All immigrants are artists because they create a life, a future, from nothing but a dream. The immigrant’s life is art in its purest form.” - Patricia Engel, Colombian American novelist. Growing up as a child of first-generation immigrants, I bore witness to artists who dreamt,...

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Amanda Cheung

08 Jun What is a Name?

Amina recounts to me an “ah-ha” moment after our first conversation at Hamilton’s Makers Market. Not thinking of herself in those terms, in her mind, immigrant entrepreneurs are immigrants running businesses that specifically cater to the needs of other immigrant individuals like themselves. ...

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Urbancore Campaign against Domestic Violence

08 Jun Talking about the Taboo

In 2009, the Ontario government’s Ontario Women’s Directorate launched the Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF) campaign in communities across Ontario. This campaign raised awareness of violence against women in vulnerable groups across Ontario. In Hamilton, Urban Core Community Health Centre worked with immigrant and refugee...

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Amanda Cheung

08 Jun Diversity in Poetic Literature is Resistance

Among the greatest allures of poetry, is the opportunity it presents as a home for the overlooked. Poetry has long been a safe space for unheard and misunderstood voices in the literary world. In its simple yet beautiful defiance of the laws of formal literature,...

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Amanda Cheun

08 Jun “The smooth face of the past map is scratched…

The definition of a Renaissance man is “an outstanding versatile, well-rounded person who has a broad range of intellectual interests.” Based on such an understanding, meet Sozan Jamil—Renaissance woman! She is a writer, poet, translator, mother, homemaker, world traveler, and businesswoman. Sozan is 49 and in...

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08 Jun The Art of Surveillance

This spring, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (WAHC) will be hosting an exhibition featuring the works of artists Riaz Mehmood, and Gail Bourgeois. WAHC has been operational for twenty years as a museum that, according to Program Coordinator Tara Bursey, “conveys the current and...

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