Art with Pamela is an arts based workshop series, facilitated by renowned local artist Pamela Rojas, that enables refugee children, youth and adults to explore artistic skills including ceramics, sculpture, painting and other expressive modalities in a safe environment. Launched in April 2017, the program has had astounding impact.
The program serves newcomer refugee youth, and their families at our temporary residence site, 101 David St. in Kitchener. Bi-weekly sessions held from September to June, foster empowerment through arts-based learning in the first month of a refugee newcomers arrival, when they are unlikely to access other services in the community. Pamela’s training in arts facilitation and the “Resiliency model” to child and youth development are a perfect fit to encourage refugee newcomers to build confidence in a new culture and context, explore new skills, encourage an open mindset and ultimately provide healthy coping strategies through the arts.
Art from the program was featured in the Annual World Refugee Day Exhibit at THEMUSEUM.
Listen to Pamela’s CBC Interview here: http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/the-morning-edition-k-w/episode/15551376
For more information about this program, contact Marika Galadza at 519-743-0445 x 19.