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Community Capacity Building Workshop with Immigrant/Refugee Artists

May 16 @ 3:00 pm7:00 pm


The Multicultural Artists Coalition (MAC) is a grassroots artist collective shaped by immigrant and refugee artists coming from different nationalities, cultural backgrounds, gender/sex identities, ages, and disciplines.

MAC invites immigrant and refugee artist living in the National Capital Region to join us in the process of empowering our community.


The purpose of the workshop is to obtain, improve, and retain skills, knowledge, tools, equipment, and other resources so all the stakeholder (artists, City of Ottawa, and partners) can realize their development goals and enhance their abilities to achieve measurable and sustainable goals.




3:00 pm – 3:02 pm Arrival and Greetings from Multicultural Artists Coalition (MAC)
3:02 pm – 3:07 pm Honouring the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples Anishinabeg Artist Doreen Stevens
3:07 pm – 3:10 pm Welcome from City of Ottawa
3:10 pm –  3:20 pm Poems by Nadine Williams (Award Winning Poet, Author and entrepreneur)
3:20 pm –  3:40 pm Presentation on decolonization of knowledge, culture, and art.

by PhD Aboubakar Sanogo (Assistant Professor, Film Studies, Carleton University)

3:40 pm – 3:45 pm Questions and Answers Period
3:45 pm – 3:55 pm Health Break
3:55 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation of report on barriers that inhibit Immigrant/Refugee artists to achieve their professional goals and strategies to overcome those barriers. Report on MAC achievements by Alejandro Salgado Cendales (MAC co-founder, director, and multidisciplinary artist)
4:15 pm – 4:20 pm Questions and Answers Period
4:20 pm – 4:30 pm Break Health Break (Snacks and soft drinks)
4:30 pm –  5:30 pm Workshop – Network exercise: Artists, City of Ottawa staff and other cultural partners will discuss strategies/solutions to improve and create new resources.

Facilitators: Adrian Harewood (TV and radio journalist), Aymara Alvarado (MAC member and multidisciplinary artist), and Edgar Rene Hernandez (MAC member and multidisciplinary artist)

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Discussion debrief
6:00 pm – 6:10 pm Health Break (Snacks and soft drinks)
6:10 pm – 6:25 pm Music performance by Know on Wood: Lili Mivehchi (MAC member, song writer and singer) & Kerem Eker (MAC member & musician)
6:25 pm – 6:45 pm Documentary Screening by Herongate Collective (Community Engaged Art Collective)
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm Music performance by Luciano (Brazilian Musician)


We respectfully acknowledge that Ottawa is built on un-ceded Algonquin Anishinabe Territory.

The Multicultural Artists´ Coalition gratefully acknowledges the support of the Cultural Development and Initiatives Section at the City of Ottawa.


The Multicultural Artists´ Coalition


Councillors´ Lounge, Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Ave W
Ottawa, K1P 1J1
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