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City launches art project for Arabic and Farsi speaking newcomers

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:55 PDT, Mon July 12, 2021

Last Updated: 11:45 PDT, Thu July 15, 2021

Newcomers to Richmond who speak Arabic and Farsi are invited to join artist Jean Bradbury for Stories at Home—Past and Present. This unique, community-based public art project is based on what participants miss from their past home and what they love about their current life in Richmond.

The 10-week project, made up of a small cohort of participants sharing stories of home, culture and community, will include free weekly art workshops to create simple comic book style drawings—a combination of painting and drawing. A final legacy artwork will be created and presented in collaboration at the end of October.

Workshops will be held every Saturday from Aug. 7 through Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at Richmond Multicultural Community Services (#210-7000 Minoru Blvd.). All ages are welcome, but children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. These workshops will take place outdoors at Brighouse Park or Minoru Park in small groups with COVID-19 safety plans in place to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers and staff. Language translators will also be present during the workshops with participants expected to attend nine of the 11 workshops.

For more information and to register as a project participant, visit www.rmcs.bc.ca or call 604-279-7160.

For more information about Stories of Home—Past and Present, visit www.storiesofhome-pastandpresent.blogspot.com.

This project is presented by the City of Richmond in partnership with Richmond Multicultural Community Services and is part of the 2021 Engaging Artists in Community Program for Richmond Public Art.

About the artist:

Jean Bradbury is a visual artist specializing in public murals. She has created installations celebrating the stories of diverse peoples from around the world. In 1999, she founded Safi Crafts to provide art, craft and entrepreneurial instruction to rural women in the Southern Jordan Valley. In 2012, she established Studio Syria to bring art and education opportunities to Syrians living as refugees in Jordan. For more information about the artist, visit www.jeanbradbury.com.

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