A Port Moody-based organization is mounting a display of multicultural artwork in Coquitlam this fall, but it needs local artists to help piece it together.
The Asian Impact Society (AIS) has scheduled an exhibit and contest at Place Des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave.) starting in September with the hopes of creating a “stronger, more inclusive community” post pandemic.
Racism reports increased across Canada significantly when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, specifically towards the Asian community as the virus originated in China.
The upcoming art exhibit is the latest project by AIS as part of the non-profit’s commitment to address any and all forms of discrimination in the Tri-Cities.
“We are thrilled to present this exhibit and contest as we believe it is important to promote cultural diversity and combat racism in our community,” said Justina Mark, AIS spokesperson, in a news release.
“We hope this exhibit will encourage visitors to celebrate the beauty of different cultures and inspire them to take action against discrimination and build stronger communities.”
Entitled Your Art Your Reflections: Multiculturalism, Diversity and AntiRacism, AIS received a $15,000 Spirit of Coquitlam grant in December 2022 to help make the exhibit possible.