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Vancouver Public Library
1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 5Z1
Join multi-disciplinary artist Ruby Smith Díaz in advance of Black Futures month for the creation of Afro-Futurism Trading Cards!
Inspired by the work of Octavia Butler, this workshop will have black-identified youth ages 13 to 18 design and create trading cards around the question- «what would it mean for you to be free»?
This FREE workshop series will culminate in an exhibit at the Kensington VPL Branch on Saturday, February 3 2018 to celebrate Black Futures Month in Vancouver.
For more information or to register, email [email protected]
Deadline to register: December 30, 2017
This workshop takes place on the unceded homelands of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil Waututh peoples, and recognizes the active and ongoing colonization and displacement of these nations and their traditional homelands.
Workshop made possible with the gracious support of the Kensington Vancouver Library Branch & The Creative Spark Grant.
— About the Facilitator:
Ruby Smith-Diaz was born to Chilean and Jamaican parents in Edmonton- amiskwacîwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) and graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Education with distinction. Since graduating, she has found her passion working as a youth facilitator and multi-disciplinary artist, and by using art and popular education as tools for activism, empowerment, and community building.
Ruby’s experiences of marginalization as a youth has inspired her to dedicated her work to exploring difficult topics around issues of inclusion. Her combination of empathy, creativity and receptivity has made her a meaningful source of support for youth across the country, and has inspired many of her film and writing projects around topics of inclusion and identity. Most of all, she is invested in helping individuals develop the sense of self-worth and integrity that will make them agents and animators of change in the world, according to their most passionate, fiery and generationally-poignant imaginings.