RBSS Art Activism Scholarship
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Robert Bateman Secondary's Art Activism class is creating an art exhibition that celebrates the importance of immigration and cultural diversity in Canada, and how that ethic makes us stronger. Specifically, we are engaging our community in addressing the challenges refugees from around the world face as they integrate into life in Abbotsford. We are creating an exhibition of large scale portraits of eleven volunteer subjects and are representing their stories through the artwork. The ultimate goal of this exhibition is to fundraise for a scholarship for local refugee students. The art and associated interviews will be published in a visual anthology which will also be sold as a fundraising item. The large scale artworks will also be auctioned to local sponsors, with all proceeds going towards the scholarship fund.

Immigration is part of the social fabric of our country and is central to what it means to be Canadian, and we want to care for our newcomers as a community. There is a long list of people who have come to our country and made Canada stronger and more vibrant, and that is why it’s important to reach out to newcomers and build these community connections. This project is particularly timely as 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada, and through our exhibition, we would like to thematically explore what it means to be Canadian, celebrating our cultural diversity.

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