“Art is the Language” exhibition was held on November 5, 2017 at Holy Trinity Armenian Church. The one-of-a-kind art exhibit brought together the art of two ancient cultures, Armenian and Indigenous, in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary.
The opening ceremony was in three languages and they all delivered one common message: Art is a common language of humanity.
Notable attendees included MP John McKay, MPP Mitzie Hunter, Counselor Jim Karygiannis and Hratch Aynedjian on behalf of MPP Raymond Cho’s office. The event was well attended by many Syrian new comers to the community as well.
AFSS was empowered by receiving a warm greeting message from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
The objective of this program was to deepen the understanding of Canada and its indigenous people through Art and Culture, and to help our newcomers integrate into the fabric of their new home- Canada.
The cultural program included performances by Indigenous singers from Eagle Women Singerz group, Sassoon Dance Ensemble and Hasmig Bertizian.
The attendees experienced a harmonious symphony of art: Native drummers drummed along to Armenian rhythms as Sassoon dancers performed in a harmony of two cultures.
The same harmony continued in the exhibition hall where Razmig Bertizian’s beautiful art pieces were showcased with Native arts organized by Armen Gallery of Toronto.
The art loving audience was served with afternoon tea and home made baked goods specially prepared for the occasion by Silva Baberian, and the volunteers provided excellent service as people enjoyed the show.
The program committee headed by Christine Topjian, and the AFSS Board were thanked for an amazing art and culture event. The organization recorded one more success story in its 14 years’ service to the community.