'Art hive' project fosters sense of belonging for immigrant, refugee teens
When people immigrate or seek refuge in a new country, the adjustment can be overwhelming.
In an attempt to help improve the sense of belonging amongst immigrant and refugee teenagers, Memorial University's Faculty of Education and the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District have partnered to create a community art studio in a St. John's high school.
The studio — known as an art hive — is used as a safe space for English as a second language students at Holy Heart to foster friendships and create new experiences.
Students in the Open Art Studio program hail from countries all over the world, including Tanzania, Burundi, Syria, Brazil, Jordan and China.