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Culture fair showcases world through art

Habitat for the Arts hosted a culture camp to introduce children to cultures from around the world ranging from South America to India. The two-week camp concluded with a culture fair at Robson Park on Aug. 13. | Supplied photos

Ali Howat, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter | reporter@fitzhugh.ca

Robson Park was gifted with art from around the world on Aug. 13.

Habitat for the Arts hosted its first-ever culture camp for two weeks, where kids got to learn about the world through art. 

The campers danced, painted and sang. Guests even came to the camp to share real-world experiences with the youth. 

At the end of the camp, the campers got to host their very own culture fair at Robson Park, where they shared their work made throughout the camp.

When family, friends and visitors arrived at the fair, they were given tours of the exhibit by the campers themselves.

Easels displayed canvases with landscapes celebrating French artists, and paper art hung from clothes lines and was strung between chairs to help create a path for visitors to follow through the exhibit.

As visitors made their way around the exhibit, they experienced cultures from countries such as Ukraine, France, Africa and Mexico.

There were two tables set up specifically for engaging the public – one that was covered in musical instruments and one that was a souvenir table.

“This has been the most popular spot,” said camper Alice

Tina Byrd, the instructor of the fair, and one of the campers, provided each visitor with a custom-made art card made from one of the linocuts the campers made.

Every visitor left with a unique and original piece of art.

As visitors came to the end of the campers’ exhibit, they were met with the opportunity to have their portrait done in cartoon style by Jelica.

Visitors were also met by Koi fish. 

“The koi represent children growing up healthy and strong,” Eliza said. 

“I was anxious about this outdoor exhibit, but I’m actually so pleased with how it looks and the girls are such amazing tour guides,” Byrd added.

“I hope I can bring back a similar camp next year.”

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