In My Mother Tongue

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Over 10 weeks...
newcomer youth from four different language communities – Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog – collaborated with special guest artists and poet mentors to draw upon personal narratives and experiences, to express themselves through written and spoken poetry, in English and in their mother tongue.
Addressing questions such as:

"Who am I?"

 
while drawing attention to the cultural significance of their mother tongue, this collaborative project aimed to inspire participating youth to share their own stories, while building confidence in their writing abilities – emphasizing that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard.
HERE, their creative process and poetry is shared as a series of short video portraits.
Over 10 weeks...
newcomer youth from four different language communities – Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog – collaborated with special guest artists and poet mentors to draw upon personal narratives and experiences, to express themselves through written and spoken poetry, in English and in their mother tongue.
Addressing questions such as:

"Who am I?"

while drawing attention to the cultural significance of their mother tongue, this collaborative project aimed to inspire participating youth to share their own stories, while building confidence in their writing abilities – emphasizing that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard.
 
HERE, their creative process and poetry is shared as a series of short video portraits.

HOME | IN MY MOTHER TONGUE
HOME | IN MY MOTHER TONGUE
EXPECTATIONS | IN MY MOTHER TONGUE
EXPECTATIONS | IN MY MOTHER TONGUE
CONNECTIONS | IN MY MOTHER TONGUE
CONNECTIONS | IN MY MOTHER TONGUE

In My Mother Tongue is a project produced by Koffler Centre of the Arts, generously supported by the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, and community partner, CultureLink.
Warmest thanks to all our participating poets and artists:
Trevor Abes, Maya Aldroubi, Jayce Carl Brendan Arib, Asma Bounekhla, Renei Sherene Cabotage, Marjorie Chan, Ayesha Chatterjee, Rachel Evangeline Chiong, Tianyu He, Maria Paula Lamprea Rodriguez, Tsewang Lhadon, Shaista Latif, Christian Laxa, Merry Kate Laxa, Florencia Liu, Jamal Mansour, Narjes Nouman, Susie Petersiel Berg, Luisito Queano, Ana Rodriguez Machado, Carlos Saldana, Marina Sokolov, Andrea Vela Alarcón, Crystal Villena, Kevin Matthew Wong, Luiz Woo, Fan Wu, Bänoo Zan, Yiwen Zhang.
In My Mother Tongue is a project produced by Koffler Centre of the Arts, generously supported by the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, and community partner, CultureLink.
Warmest thanks to all our participating poets and artists:
Trevor Abes, Maya Aldroubi, Jayce Carl Brendan Arib, Asma Bounekhla, Renei Sherene Cabotage, Marjorie Chan, Ayesha Chatterjee, Rachel Evangeline Chiong, Tianyu He, Maria Paula Lamprea Rodriguez, Tsewang Lhadon, Shaista Latif, Christian Laxa, Merry Kate Laxa, Florencia Liu, Jamal Mansour, Narjes Nouman, Susie Petersiel Berg, Luisito Queano, Ana Rodriguez Machado, Carlos Saldana, Marina Sokolov, Andrea Vela Alarcón, Crystal Villena, Kevin Matthew Wong, Luiz Woo, Fan Wu, Bänoo Zan, Yiwen Zhang.
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Photos by Dahlia Katz
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Photos by Dahlia Katz
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