Brussels: Public Art for an Inclusive Society

After an incredible couple of weeks in London, I was off to Brussels for the third project of the #AddColourToLives tour, which features a partnership between myself, Park Inn hotels in five cities and local youth organizations. I literally went straight from the airport to the first workshop- no rest for the weary! The first project was at the Clair Matin group home for…

Refugee Youth Facing an Uncertain Future in Germany

I arrived in Cologne, Germany in the midst of the refugee crisis that is engulfing Europe, with Germany at center stage of the quickly unfolding situation. The fourth installment of the #AddColourToLives tour was, therefore, very timely, as it explored the refugee experience and the importance of social inclusion in a diverse society. The project was a partnership between myself, the Cologne Park Inn…

Unity Through Art in Malmö, Sweden

In August of 2015, I visited Malmö, Sweden for the first of a series of community-based public art projects in five different countries for the #AddColourToLives initiative, which features partnerships between grass-roots youth organizations and local Park Inn hotels. The idea is to give hotel employees, from cooks to room cleaners to managers, the opportunity to get involved in their community by forming long-term…

Exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters!

I was honored have photography that I took of my arts-based community work with Syrian youth exhibited at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. I have traveled to Jordan three times with the organization aptART to work in refugee camps and host communities. Partner organizations for these projects were ACTED, Mercy Corps and UNICEF. Thanks to the Jordanian mission at the UN…

Painting a Syrian Refugee Camp: the Za’atari Project

The Syrian Refugee Youth Arts Project in the giant Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan took place in June and July of this year. For this initiative I teamed up with international artists, Syrian refugees and child participants to explore important issues in the camp and the residents’ hopes and dreams for the future of their nation. We painted collaborative murals on tents, washrooms,…