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Newcomer Women share their emotional journey through abstract art

October 25, 2023

This summer, MCC was excited to partner with Art Windsor-Essex (AWE) Centre for Art & Wellness, hosting several sessions for our Women’s Arts & Crafts Group. This dynamic group of women get together weekly to learn new crafts, share their talents and enjoy each other’s company as they settle in Windsor-Essex. The sessions with AWE focused on encouraging them to harness “the power of art to communicate their own journeys and lived experiences through painting.”  

Niku Koochak was the artist who worked with us to show the women various abstract painting techniques, allowing them to release their creative energies in a safe and welcoming setting. Niku, a newcomer herself, thought “it was inspiring how art provided a universal language that transcended any cultural or language barriers.”  

AWE’s Education & Public Programs Coordinator, Sophie Hinch, noted that the group seemed hesitant at first to experiment and express themselves with art, but grew in confidence as the sessions went on. She expressed AWE’s belief “that art is a transformative tool that can support a person’s well-being, boost confidence and create a sense of community” 

The women certainly enjoyed the experience and were proud to share their works of self-expression with the general public. Many of their art pieces were on display at Art Windsor-Essex (401 Riverside Dr. W.) and Sophie happily relayed the positive feedback the gallery received. “Visitors were moved by the artwork created by the newcomers”. The exhibition was on display during the months of September and October.

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