Immigrant teens and the meaning of home: Judith Timson | Toronto Star, Dec. 14, 2016
But what spectacular validation the Aga Khan Museum gave these nearly 250 participating students, aged 15 to 21, whose families come from almost 50 countries, including Syria, Eritrea, Israel, Pakistan and the Philippines.
I strolled through it on opening day this week surrounded by a large lively crowd of student artists from the two participating high schools, East York’s Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute where the students hail from 75 countries, and Greenwood Secondary School, an east end school specifically designed to help refugees and immigrants adjust.
What struck me about the exhibit, partly funded by an Ontario Arts Council grant, and along with its co-creators, nudged and nurtured into life by each school’s art teachers, was the tenderness of the depictions of home — beautiful fabrics, cosy scenes — which were occasionally at odds with some of the words in the students’ artistic statements that read “emptiness” “scars” and “I lost everything.”
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A new youth art outreach program, welcomed over 300 students from Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute and Greenwood Secondary School to the Aga Khan Museum.