Village Stories

Visit some alumni gatherings around emerging themes as they connect the dots, share their work, and tell their stories


What transformative teachings, possibilities, and joys can be unlocked from properly honouring and metabolising personal, communal, and cultural grief?

How do we better commune with BIPGM artists who are building new futures for themselves, as a loving act of creative and spiritual resistance?

How can we animate our capacity to learn from and with people whose worlds have had to be repeatedly reinvented in the face of violence, derision, and doubt?

Throughout May, we are hosting Village Stories, a 3-part interactive live webinar series that explores these questions, and more, through the lens of the Arrivals Legacy Project signature process for unearthing legacy stories.

Join us around the fire as we hear from culturally rooted artists and activists based in Canada, the US, Africa, and West Asia/North Africa who will share their experiences of the Arrivals work and the ways that it has informed and transformed their relationships, creative processes, and work.

From Family Trees to Origin Stories

Explores intersections between the Arrivals work and family revelations, relationships, memory, and tradition.

Date & Time: Thursday, 2 May 2024, 2pm – 3:45pm EST

Panellists: Olivia C. Davies, Nikki Shaffeeullah, Kaersten Colvin-Woodruff, Sarah Rossy

Guest Moderator: Dr. Larissa Lai

Learn about the Panellists and Guest Moderator here.

The Art of Healing

Highlights how Arrivals addresses intergenerational trauma, and considers its potential relationship to effective clinical, therapeutic, and spiritual healing practices that contribute to better mental, physical, and emotional outcomes.

Date & Time: Thursday, 16 May 2024, 2pm – 3:45pm EST

Panellists: Jude Wong, Zainab Amadahy, Mon Iker, Peter Ọlálékan Adédòkun

Guest Moderator: Dr. Ray Hsu

Learn about the Panellists and Guest Moderator here.

The Return Home

Traces the pain of exile from and return to ancestral lands, and examines how the Arrivals work might help navigate personal and communal grief and amplify the voices of artists in communities increasingly polarised by war.

Date & Time: Thursday, 30 May 2024, 2pm – 3:45pm EST

Panellists: Dima Alansari, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, Lopa Sircar, Natalie Tin Yin Gan

Guest Moderator: Dr. Honor Ford-Smith

Learn about the Panellists and Guest Moderator here.

Who is this for?

We warmly welcome anyone with an interest in the transformative potential of culturally rooted artistic processes, including:

  • Artists of any discipline(s), and change leaders who want to learn more about how to deepen and re-route their practice in community
  • University professors and researchers with an interest in exploring ways that interdisciplinary arts can contribute to discourse and learning in your curriculum
  • Arts organisation leaders seeking to meaningfully engage and promote the voices of those at the margins
  • Health and wellbeing practitioners and social justice organisation staff who are interested in exploring the role of interdisciplinary arts as a mode of inquiry and evidence.

Supported by:

Past Stories

Where the Arrivals Personal Legacy story begins is as difficult to define as where any of us have begun.
Diane Roberts
Heather Hermant
Lopa Sircar (Das)
Rosemary Georgeson
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