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Women! Life! Freedom! Intergenerational Therapeutic Art event for Calgary Persian Community

May 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

یک رویداد هنری درمانی برای جوانان و بزرگسالان ایرانی کالگری تازه‌ترین رویداد با عنوان زنان! زندگی! آزادی!

Women! Life! Freedom! is an empowering intergenerational therapeutic art event specially curated for the Calgary Persian Community. Join Tara Vahab and Sepidar Yeganeh Farid for a session filled with creativity, healing, and connection as we come together to reflect on the past 1.5 years events in Iran. We are hopping to bring some peace and joy by celebrating womanhood, life, and freedom through art, songwriting, karaeko,dance, discussions and short creative activities

This in-person event is a unique opportunity to bond with fellow community members and express yourself through various art forms. Let’s create, heal, and grow together!

We will be holding 5 events and intend to engage different age groups at each event, 1event will be dedicated to womens participanst only.


Event 1- Intergenerational- Iranian Families

Event 2- Iranian Children Born in Canada

Event 3- Iranian Young Adults raised outside of Iran

Event 4- Iranian Women Only (women/femme/non-binary)

Event 5- Inetergenerational- Iranian Families


Stay tuned! We will keep you informed of the dates for the upcoming events!

This project is supported by the Calgary Arts Development Authority.


زنان! زندگی! آزادی!
یک رویداد هنری درمانی بین نسلی توانمند است که ویژه انجمن ایرانی کلگری برگزار می شود. به تارا وهاب و سپیدار یگانه فرید بپیوندید تا جلسه ای پر از خلاقیت، شفا و ارتباط داشته باشیم تا به اتفاقات 1.5 سال گذشته ایران فکر کنیم. امیدواریم با جشن گرفتن زنانگی، زندگی و آزادی از طریق هنر، ترانه سرایی، کارائکو، رقص، بحث و گفتگو و فعالیت های کوتاه خلاقانه، آرامش و شادی به ارمغان بیاوریم.
این رویداد حضوری فرصتی منحصر به فرد برای پیوند با اعضای جامعه و بیان خود از طریق اشکال مختلف هنری است. بیایید با هم ایجاد کنیم، شفا دهیم و رشد کنیم!
ما 5 رویداد را برگزار خواهیم کرد و قصد داریم در هر رویداد گروه های سنی مختلف را درگیر کنیم، 1 رویداد فقط به شرکت کنندگان زن اختصاص خواهد یافت.

رویداد 1- بین نسلی- خانواده های ایرانی
رویداد 2- کودکان ایرانی متولد شده در کانادا
رویداد 3- جوانان ایرانی که در خارج از ایران بزرگ شده اند
رویداد 4- فقط زنان ایرانی
رویداد 5- بین نسلی- خانواده های ایرانی

گوش به زنگ باشید! ما شما را از تاریخ رویدادهای آینده مطلع خواهیم کرد!
این پروژه توسط اداره توسعه هنر کلگری پشتیبانی می شود.


About Tara:

I am a Persian-Canadian interdisciplinary artist and theraputic Arts Practitioner based in Calgary. I received my first artistic award at age nine and I advocate for mental health through my art. In 2015, I graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and immediately afterwards, I founded LOUD (Let Optimism Unleash Dreams) Art Society, a non-profit organization that supports the cultivation of positive mental health and well-being through creative practices.

Much of my artistic practice is informed by community connection through public art projects, murals, and workshops that key into art-making and mental health. Bright colours, pattern-making, found objects, and newspaper are elements that I return to throughout my practice and are informed by my research on the metaphysical and its ties to humanity, empathy, and joy.

At the heart of my practice is a deep appreciation of the power of the arts to change lives for the better. My ongoing series of woven newspaper sculptures, for example, reframe materials that exacerbate mental health issues for many, to speak to humanity’s ability to take uncertainty and pain and transform it slowly and intentionally into something beautiful and unexpected.

During the 2023 Celebration for the Arts hosted by Mayor Gondek and Calgary Arts Development, I was honoured to receive the Mamdani Arts Leadership Award. I was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal for 2023, which recognizes exceptional contributions to Alberta’s communities. I have been awarded grant funding by Calgary Arts Development and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. As well as running LOUD Art Society, working with CARFAC Alberta, and teaching at the University of Calgary, I recently completed an extended artist-in-residence program with the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre.



About Sepidar:

I have been creating art for as long as I can remember and I am working as a professional performance artist . I write my own play, creat music, and love singing. Currently I am completing my master’s in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary.