Picture the Possibilities - Muslimah Photovoice Project for High School Students Toronto GTA Deadline March 24 2017Written by The Tessellate Institute
The Tessellate Institute (TTI) is launching a project to promote creative self-expression and mental health for young Muslim women in the GTA.
The deadline to register is Friday, March 24th. Register online here.
We are seeking three groups of 4-5 high school students, located across the Greater Toronto Area (East End, Central, Peel Region).
We are aiming to gather at a central location in each region that is accessible to all participants.
This project will take place from March-May 2017 and consist of three rounds of focus groups facilitated by Abier El-Barbary (a trained psychotherapist), development of self-expression through photographic art, and an opportunity to engage the public with a community photo exhibition (participant anonymity optional).
Refreshments and public transit reimbursement will be provided at each session.
The Project will engage young Muslim women in high school to develop skills such as emotional processing, arts-based healing, and healthy self-expression. These teenagers will have opportunities to discuss their lived experiences and struggles in small focus groups designed as safe spaces.
Through the use of “Photovoice” participants will have an opportunity to explore their experiences further, pulling out themes and concepts through the use of photographic art. The teens will have an opportunity to display their artwork in an exhibition, to promote their agency while functioning as public education.
TTI will use the collective expression to engage Muslim parents/guardians and educators in culturally sensitive dialogue and awareness of issues Muslim youth are facing.
About the Project Facilitators
Abier El-Barbary M.Ed., M.P.S. (Psychotherapist & Facilitator) is an Educational Psychologist and Pastoral Counselor; the first Muslim student t o graduate from the University of Toronto's Schools of Theological Studies, Masters Program for Pastoral Studies (2014). Her long standing role as a psychological consultant, researcher, educator and counselor at International Institutes began around September 2001 (aka 9/11). She has over 16 years of experience in psycho-education, individual counseling, marriage & family therapy and support groups for Muslims and non-Muslims, both in North America and in the Middle East.
Sakinah Hasib (Project Manager) is a 27 year old Afro-Trinidadian and Native American multi-ethnic Muslim woman, who was born and raised on Turtle Island. She is an artist who uses her writing and voice to speak up for truth and justice. Working towards her role as a healer, she centers her learning around holistic health and wellness, post-traumatic healing, mental illness as spiritual gifts, and focusing on grounding herself in her own healing and spiritual practices. She received her BA in Therapeutic Recreation in 2015 from the University of Waterloo. Sakinah is striving to find collaborative ways to use the arts as a form of therapy and envisioning fierce ways to engage in resilience, solidarity, and love.