Rekindling our creativity: an intergenerational workshop for first-generation immigrants and their families

July 15, 2023

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

An intergenerational workshop for first-generation immigrants to tap into our creativity!

Join artist, poet and educator Namitha Rathinappillai for an open workshop. We invite participants who are first-generation immigrants, along with their offspring, kin or other family (bio or chosen). Together, we will express our creativity with our family members.  

The privilege to express oneself through art is one that is often seldom available to immigrant, refugee or diasporic peoples and communities. Art is often seen as a luxury or a frivolous pursuit when you are faced with the very real challenges of making a life for yourself in a new country.  

Grounded in a tour of Rajni Perera: Futures, we’ll engage in conversation and art to nourish and rekindle our artistic nature. We’ll have a variety of art materials and demonstrate different techniques to stretch and use our creative muscles! Our hope is that we may restructure our beliefs on the necessity of art, both as a practice and as an outlet for ourselves. 

Light refreshments will be provided.  

Note: This workshop is for first-generation immigrants, which means folks who were not born in Canada, but immigrated here from another country. 

This event is generously supported by the Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts.

Access This event will require moving around the gallery space. Light chairs are available. A microphone will be used.

Construction A big construction project at the north end of campus has changed the usual walking routes to CUAG. Here is a map to guide you. 

Parking Visitor parking is available in the big concrete parkade (Lot P18), built over the O-train tracks. Please see the visiting page of CUAG’s website for directions.


Namitha Rathinappillai (she/they) is a queer, Tamil-Canadian published spoken-word poet, organizer and workshop facilitator. She is currently based in Toronto and was the first female and youngest director of Ottawa’s Urban Legends Poetry Collective (ULPC). You can find more info here. She is the guest educator for Rajni Perera: Futures, generously supported by the Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts.

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