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Exhibition coming to Swift Current June 17 celebrating all Canadian newcomers

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A picture says a thousand words — in any language. An exhibition featuring the portraits and stories of Saskatchewan newcomers.

Common Weal Community Arts invites the public to join them June 17 at 2 p.m. in the the West Wing Gallery at Doc’s Town, in Swift Current’s Kinetic Par  for the “A Rightful Place” exhibition, featuring portraits, personal photographs, and immigration experiences from 25 newcomers.
Participants came from 13 countries and are now living in one of eight Saskatchewan communities.
This is part of an exhibition which is travelling province-wide and now making a stop in Swift Current.
Many of the local participants will be in attendance along with Swift Current’s project partners.
The exhibition runs June 17 to July 23 as part of a province-wide tour.
“Migration is central to the human experience,” says Gerry Ruecker, Common Weal — southern artistic director. “However immigrants are often faced with distrust and fear in their search for a better life. A Rightful Place is designed to highlight the similarities we all share as human beings and foster a deeper understanding and empathy towards newcomers in Saskatchewan.”
 “I hope this project may play a role in helping people see newcomers as individuals, with happy and tragic stories, and unique reasons for coming to live with us,” explains project photographer Michael Bell. “I hope the portraits make people feel curious.”
Swift Current contributed to the exhibition.
Included as one of the Project Partners is  Swift Current’s Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre and Exhibition Partner Art Gallery of Swift Current.
Project funding was contributed by SaskCulture and Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan.
The opening public reception June 17 will have speeches at 2 p.m. at the West Wing Gallery, at Doc’s Town, in Swift Current’s Kinetic Park.

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