Media Release

For immediate release February 22, 2013

The Art of Belonging
An Art Exhibition by Immigrant Women of Halifax

Halifax, NS–Local female artists from immigrant communities are bringing their creations out of their homes and into the Keshen Goodman Library from March 1-25. The special art exhibit is held in commemoration of International Women’s Day and is inspired by the themes of community, friendship, and inclusiveness. Opening celebrations take place on March 1 at 3:30 p.m.

“We have found that many women artists who come to live in Halifax are very shy about their work or they don’t think it is important,” say Huwaida Medani, one of three Immigrant Services staff hired by the Halifax Public Libraries. “The Art of Belonging is one way for us to encourage immigrant women to feel pride in what they create and to humbly show their value to the broader art community.”

So far, the organizers’ efforts have worked. A call for submissions went out in January to artists in many communities with a stated mission to celebrate “a community where a woman—regardless of race, education, ability, or religion—is valued for her gifts.” With a week left before the event the team has been able to select choice pieces of glass work, paintings, needle craft, photographs, and beadwork.

“We were very pleased with the submissions we have received,” says Medani. “Many of the art pieces are friendly to many tastes and the quality is remarkable.”

The Art of Belonging is one part of an outreach effort to local immigrant communities by the Halifax Public Libraries in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The exhibit is free to the public and everyone is welcome. For more information call 490-6423 or email.

For more information:

Kasia Morrison
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852
Cell: (902) 476-8605
Email Kasia Morrison