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On Youth

Lessons of Care from Community

Julian Diego (SKETCH) and Rinchen Dolma (Made in Exile), moderated by Annie Wong


Wednesday, July 5, 1pm - 3pm


This panel invites community arts practitioners Julian Diego of SKETCH Working Arts, and Rinchen Dolma, founder of Made in Exile, to discuss modalities of care when working intimately with youth, seniors, and the community. This panel asks: what lessons from the community can we take to reconfigure institutional frameworks of labour, relationships, and time? How does the ecosystem of a neighborhood, the principles of transformative justice, and the intimacy of working with the community guide organizational leadership?

The panel is moderated by Annie Wong.

རིན་ཆེན་སྒྲོལ་མ་|Rinchen Dolma is a theatre creator, multidisciplinary artist and veteran community arts practitioner currently based in Tkarón:to. She is passionate about the intersections between storytelling, community and placemaking as the founder and Artistic Director of MADE IN EXILE: a grassroots community-arts based initiative that engages young Tibetan creatives in exploring their complex identities through contemporary mediums of storytelling in exile. Rinchen completed her 2020/21 Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Program in Artistic Direction at Theatre Passe Muraille and recently completed a residency at the 50th edition of The Banff Playwrights Lab. 

Julian Diego is a Community Arts practitioner and passionate advocate for access and inclusion in art-making. He believes that everyone has creative aspects that can be encouraged and developed, and that as they do, communities develop and deepen their understanding of members and themselves. Julian is the Creative Director at SKETCH, a community arts enterprise engaging diverse young people to experience the transformative power of the arts; build leadership and self-sufficiency in the arts; cultivate social and environmental change through the arts. Julian's previous work at SKETCH as a Program Coordinator has supported the project The Good Guise, an exploration of healthy masculinity for racialized men, and New Eyez. Julian is an experienced screen printer, a highly trained kung fu practitioner and performer, and is certified as a Mentor Artist-Educator through the Royal Conservatory of Music Artists in Education Program.

Annie Wong is the Curator of Programming and Public Engagement at Gallery TPW.

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