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CERIS and CERLAC to host seminar on challenges faced by immigrant artists

CERIS and CERLAC to host seminar on challenges faced by immigrant artists

Latin American Artists in Toronto: Immigrants and Artists at Work, the second CERIS seminar on issues related to immigrants and the arts, will feature three panellists.

The seminar will take place Tuesday, March 23, from 12:30 to 2pm, in the fifth floor Conference Centre of the York Research Tower, Keele campus.

York environmental studies Professor Deborah Barndt, co-ordinator of the Community Arts Practice (CAP) Certificate at York, will moderate the panel discussion along with York sociology Professor Luin Goldring (right), a Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean (CERLAC) Fellow.

Rodrigo Barreda, secretary of the Latin American Canadian Art Projects Board of Directors; York fine arts cultural studies Professor Alberto Guevara; and Elia Mayahuel Tecozautla (MA ’09), a York dance alumna, will be the panellists who reflect on their work as artists in Canada.

Among the topics they will discuss are:

  • challenges faced by Latin American artists working in the arts sector
  • how artists negotiate their identities in their artistic production processes
  • the role of funding bodies and gallery practices in shaping “immigrant art”
  • how artists develop an aesthetic in the context of Canadian multicultural policy
  • contrasts between artistic production cultures “here” and “there”

The seminar is free and open to everyone. It is presented by CERIS, CAP and York’s Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean.

RSVP to or call 416-946-3110.

CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre is a research knowledge creation and transfer network that focuses on the resettlement and integration of immigrants and refugees in Ontario. The centre is a collaboration between York University, the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.

The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) is an interdisciplinary research unit concerned with the economic development, political and social organization, and cultural contributions of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Centre works to build academic and cultural links between these regions and Canada; to inform researchers, policy advisors, and the public on matters concerning the regions; and to assist in the development of research and teaching institutions that directly benefit the peoples of the regions.

Republished courtesy of YFile – York University’s daily e-bulletin.