CRD Hosts Voice and Place: Culture, Community and Belonging Photographic Exhibit

Aug 20, 2012

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District (CRD) invites residents and visitors to view the Voice and Place exhibit, a community photographic project led by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA). The exhibit will be held Tuesday, August 21 - Friday September 14 in the lobby of CRD Headquarters at 625 Fisgard Street.

“Through the initiative, newcomers to Victoria and the Capital Region will have an opportunity to document and give voice to their experience of place, identity and sense of belonging through photography and an interactive web component,” explained Karin Scarth, Arts & Outreach Manager at the ICA.

A group of 23 newcomers to the region had access to intensive training in visual communication and photography basics with local photographer Quinton Gordon. The interactive web component of the exhibition was developed through a series of regional community mapping workshops including a diverse cross-section of participants, and is ongoing, allowing all viewers an opportunity to participate in the project by adding their own images to a community map.

The goals of the project are to:

  • Build our capacity to better understand what makes our community welcoming and inclusive;
  • Promote and showcase diversity within the region;
  • Create an accessible and inclusive conduit to capture local experiences and perspectives; and
  • Facilitate the transfer of knowledge regarding cultural diversity over indefinite time.

ICA helps individuals and organizations to connect across cultures. They provide information, support and tools to help immigrants reach their goals. By engaging people through networks, education and arts programming they create a welcoming community.

The Voice and Place exhibit may be viewed weekdays during business hours 8:30am – 4:30pm.

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For further information, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Office: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492

Karin Scarth, Arts & Outreach Manager
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
Office: 250-388-4728. Extension129