Kitchener, ON: THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener is proud to announce that they will be hosting the fourth annual Waterloo Region Celebrates Refugees Art Exhibition and Illuminate Arts: Defining Identity Exhibition for the month of June.
Through partnerships with Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns (CCORIC), Immigration Partnership Waterloo Region, and The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW THEMUSEUM will celebrate the diverse voices and experiences of Muslim Women Artists and Refugee Artists.
Illuminate Arts: Defining Identity features the cultural diversity of Muslim Women Artists in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region and expresses the concept of belonging based on the theme, Identity. This exhibition will give artists the opportunity to share various chapters of their life through installations, traditional calligraphy, photography, and mixed media.
The local theme for World Refugee Day is Waterloo Region Celebrates Refugees. Waterloo Region has become home to people who have been fleeing persecution, war, and conflict in search of safety. This June, World Refugee Day will acknowledge and celebrate their journey as well as the organizations and community members that provide welcome and refuge.
On Wednesday, June 1st THEMUSEUM will host a launch event at 6pm for World Refugee Day Waterloo Region. On Saturday, June 11th THEMUSEUM will host a launch event for Illuminate Arts: Defining Identity from 2pm-4pm. This event will include a more intimate opportunity to meet the Muslim Women Artists and Refugee Artists.
“We are pleased to be working with so many great organizations to celebrate Waterloo Region’s diverse stories,” says David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM. “The artwork tells the inspiring stories of both Muslim Women and refugees and gives THEMUSEUM an opportunity to be a community stage.”
The Waterloo Region Celebrates Refugees Art Exhibition and Illuminate Arts: Defining Identity Exhibition will be open to the public at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener from June 1st until June 26th. Doors open Wednesday to Sunday at 10am. For more information please visit www.THEMUSEUM.ca
For more information please contact:
David Marskell, CEO, THEMUSEUM
Fran Pappert-Shannon, Director PR, CMW
Janet Howitt, Community Engagement Coordinator, World Refugee Day