Paralia supports and promotes newcomer artists as well as encourages their self-sustainability by providing them with the skills and resources needed in order to establish an artistic presence in Canada.This includes skill assessment and matchmaking, portfolio critics, resource management, and networking opportunities, bringing artists from all cultures together, speaking the multifaceted–yet unified–language of art.
Organized by Myseum of Toronto as part of the Myseum Connects program, this conversation highlighted avenues for support, and examined the challenges that newcomer artists, art administrators and cultural workers encounter when navigating an unfamiliar arts and cultural sector.
The English Conversation Cafe featured a facilitated conversation oriented towards newcomer audiences. This activity presented the work around the “Cosmopolis Toronto” project and elaborated on the themes of diversity and building a sense of belonging to the city while allowing immigrants to practice their English skills.
Learn about how generations of newcomers to Toronto have made this city home with a walking tour designed to be suitable for learners of English as a second language. Toronto is famous for its cultural diversity. Tour the neighbourhood around Toronto City Hall, once a settlement area for newcomers. Hear stories of the hardships they faced and the contributions they made that shaped the evolution of today’s bustling, multicultural city.
Conferences and Symposia
Agencies Serving Immigrants are the first place to go for over 95,000 newcomers moving to Ontario every year from a country other than Canada. Based on the presenter’s experience when using these agencies’ services, this session aims to explore some key aspects that make ASI’s services and programming a successful way to attract and engage newcomers.
How can these practices be implemented in the museum sector? What can museums offer when trying to build long lasting relationships with newcomers? The presentation will provide some ideas and thoughts around potential programming opportunities for museums to attract, engage, and retain newcomer audiences.
Organizer – MAKING CULTURE MATTER 3RD ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
Making Culture Matter (MCM) is a student-led initiative within Centennial College’s Culture and Heritage Site Management (CHSM) program in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. MCM consists of an annual symposium that aims to foster engagement and innovation in Canada’s arts, culture and heritage sector, as well as a guest speaker’s series which explores a varied range of topics and issues facing the sector today. Guests participate in local arts, culture, and heritage events and strive to use our varied skills to help innovate and explore the ACH sector through interaction and discussion with current leaders.
Guided Tours – Heritage Interpretation
Inspired by the #TateTours initiated by the Tate Gallery in London, UK a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to design an one hour long Tweet Tour while I worked at BAND gallery. The aim of this virtual tour was to engage the gallery’s already established audience online while promoting the gallery exhibit among potential visitors. Simultaneously, the tweet tour presented the opportunity to give the artist a voice to talk about his own work with his own words.
This Heritage Toronto tour was one of the activities included in the Doors Open 2014 programming which featured the theme of “Ghosts and Spirits”. It was challenging for me to balance historical accuracy and unexplained phenomena. The tour finally presented a Toronto fascinated by photographs of “ghosts,” the mysterious powers of “radiopathy”, popular performances of mediums in the city, and stories of those who communed with the spirits by unorthodox means.
Turiguías Visitas Turísticas Alicante is an experienced company created with the aim of showing the historical, artistic and cultural heritage of the city of Alicante, not only for visitors but also for the people living in the city. Turiguías designs, develops, plans and guides its own tours.
DESIGN AND DELIVERY OF GUIDED TOURS AT SANTA BARBARA CASTLE
Santa Barbara Castle is a medieval fortress that dates back to 9th century. While interning at this landmark heritage site in Alicante (Spain), I designed and delivered guided tours for adults and school groups. By applying heritage interpretation techniques, we managed to engage visitors in meaningful conversations therefore improved their visitor experience.
PLAN FOR TOURISM VALORISATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE COSTA BLANCA
The early stages of the Plan for Tourism Valorisation of Cultural Heritage in the Costa Blanca aimed to identify the real state of the main heritage sites in the Costa Blanca region in Spain in order to assess their potential for tourism visitation and product creation. As a Research Assistant, I studied the medieval fortresses all along the Vinalopó river in depth and created appropriate reports.