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Embroidered Memories

Program Overview

Embroidered Memories represents our suite of creative arts programming.

In the growing age of secularism and Islamophobia, the narratives of the Muslim diaspora community are being unheard and the needs are being unmet. MCASS acknowledges the various challenges, oppressions, and discrimination faced by Muslims. Our recently launched Virtual Storytelling Project: Embroidered Memories is an opportunity for our Muslim newcomer youth to embrace identity and celebrate resiliency.

Storytelling holds a powerful role in our community. We hope to empower Muslim children and youth in the GTA and across the province by providing them with a space to safely unite and heal through a range of creative arts workshops and collective conversations with participants. Some themes explored will include identity, memories of home, and a feeling of belonging.

Embroidered Memories 2021

MCASS hosted three workshops focused on painting, slam poetry and creative writing.

We then launched our first ever Virtual Storytelling Project for Muslim youth aged 15-29.

Check out some of the outstanding work!

2021 story telling
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Embroidered Memories 2023

MCASS is launching a therapeutic creative arts-based program in January 2023. The program , aims to provide children and youth the opportunity to learn about key topics promoting one’s well-being through creative arts-based programming.

Children and youth suffering from societal barriers, traumatic experiences, and lived challenges need resources and support systems to promote healthy healing and growth processes that nurture their sense of self. For young people, the creative arts can be perceived as a playful and less intimidating approach when conveying significant subjects. For many individuals who have experienced similar lived experiences, the acts of sharing and listening to others can enhance healing processes. Opportunities for social connection is key as Embroidered Memories aims to strengthen a sense of community among members. Themes addressing concepts of ‘Self’ within our safe and inclusive programming aim to amplify young people’s voices and narratives through verbal and nonverbal ways of creative self-expression.

Art holds no limits and is naturally healing in itself. Through our use of various forms of creative arts including visual arts, dance and movement, as well as music, Embroidered Memories will be a safe space where children and youth have the opportunity to:

  • share their narratives
  • connect with others
  • develop and strengthen life skills
  • regain control of their own growth and development,
  • overcome barriers to achieving success

WATCH THIS SPACE IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS!

You will be able to take part in our survey to share your ideas and influence the program.