Qalamkar is the art of decorating textiles with printed or painted designs in multiple colors, which has been a specialty of the city of Isfahan for centuries. Golnesa Amani and Szonja Vucsetics from Boostan Multicultural Collective aim to bring people together in celebration of Canada’s 150th by facilitating a workshop where participants can print a Canadian flag onto cardstock using acrylic paint and stamps. Each stamp will have a Canadian, indigenous and Iranian motif. A land acknowledgement will be written in Persian, French and English on the back of each cardstock as a way to pay tribute and give gratitude to the First Nations people who are the traditional stewards of this land.
BOOSTAN Multicultural Collective (BMC) is an artist-run organization; aimed at supporting GTA students celebrate world cultures and discover community-building initiatives through fun and engaging lunchtime and afterschool programs, workshops and performances. In 2015-2016, BMC successfully partnered with the YRDSB, TDSB, City of Markham, and Tirgan (hosted by the Harbourfront Centre).
BOOSTAN Multicultural Collective takes pride in being an organization that is accessible, non-judgmental and inclusive. Boostan translated from Parsi means ‘orchard’. Traditionally, orchards were the center of village life, a safe gathering space and a place for people and the environment to work in harmony. Cultivation, production, refuge, and togetherness are all BMC values. Our mission is to mentor and teach youth how to preserve and spread the tradition of storytelling – in all its forms – in order to promote multiculturalism.
BOOSTAN Multicultural Collective’s program instructors are all professional artists, invested in the preservation of heritage and the creation of the ever-evolving Canadian identity. Via guided inquiry, participants in our programs uncover histories; build meaningful connections to community; and express and empower themselves through dance, music, language, film, paint, drama, sculpture, cuisine and more!