Quebec Muslim Youth Given a Voice during Anti-Racism Action Week
The Art of Inclusion Project to be profiled at Systemic Racism Forum
OTTAWA, March 24, 2017—Young artists featured in the groundbreaking “Art of Inclusion: Muslim Youth Take the Lead” exhibition, will speak to the importance of using the arts to combat Islamophobia and to enhance inclusion, during the upcoming Anti-Racism Week public Forum, slated for March 24, 2017, at UQAM, Pavillon Athanase-David, room D-R200. The event will gather major thought leaders, activists, government officials, students and artists, from across the province to explore ways to combat racism, and systemic racism in particular, across the province.
Following the successful presentation of the “Art of Inclusion” educational exhibition, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2016, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Institute for Research and Education on Race Relations were invited to present the project at the Anti-Racism Forum. As the lead partners of the arts empowerment project, they have invited some of the artists from the exhibition to speak directly to the issues raised by the artwork. In this, featured speakers will be Peter Flegel, Director of Programs and Communications at the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Fo Niemi, Secretary-Treasurer from the Institute for Research and Education on Race Relations, as well as artists Aïssatou Balde, Mercedeh, Baroque, Abdelhamid Beni, Yousra Benziane, Essraa Daoui, Wurood Habib, Chaime Khouldi, and Zahraa Sbaiti.
Silk Road Institute Joins The Art of Inclusion as a Lead Partner
With its focus on mobilizing a multisector group of stakeholders around implementing solutions to challenges raised by the exhibition, project organizers have also invited the Silk Road Institute—an organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural exchange, and the artistic and cultural expressions of Muslim Canadians and Canada’s under-represented cultural communities —to join the project a as a lead partner. To that end, Bochra Manaï, Board member of the Institute, will also be speaking at the event. The three organizations will be collaborating over a three-year period to enhance youth cultural leadership among Muslim youth and implement strategies to increase social, economic, cultural and democratic inclusion.
About the Art of Inclusion: Muslim Youth Take the Lead
The Art of Inclusion: Muslim Youth Take the Lead is part of the 4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible exhibition series, organized by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation in partnership with major Canadian museums and art galleries. The exhibition was presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts between November 11, 2016, and January 6, 2017 at the international education and art therapy workshop Michel de la Chenelière. A public forum mobilized community, business, public and international leaders, to build solutions to issues addressed in the artwork. The project has already been taken up by three French museums in Toulouse, Lyon and Marseille. Each museum is using a different art form to empower youth from underserved neighbourhoods to raise awareness about issues they face. Canadian project organizers are currently working on bringing the exhibition to Quebec City as their contribution to the healing process being spearheaded to counteract the impact of the January 29 terror attack on the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City. They are also laying the groundwork for the project to go national, as part of a pan-Canadian effort to challenge the rise in intolerance being witnessed across Canada. Visit www.fmjf.ca for more details.