Zarita's Scrapbook - Nai Summer Musical Storytelling Adventures!

Zarita, a newcomer to Canada from Kenya, worked with the CultureLink Nai Children’s Choir during our Summer Musical Storytelling Adventure!

Nai Leaders Julia (Left), Zarita (Right)

Nai Leaders Julia (Left), Zarita (Right)

Over 45 children agest 7 - 12 participated at one of our two locations at the Eatonville Library (July 29 - Aug 2) in Etobicoke and at the Don Mills Library (Aug 12 - 16) in North York! The participants worked with Zarita and many other professional artists, and a variety of audio-video equipment to create their own unique musical storytelling pieces.

Over 45 children participated in the Nai summer activities!

Over 45 children participated in the Nai summer activities!

Zarita created a colourful scrapbook showcasing photos of the smiling participants and their memories from the summer program.

“Back home in Kenya I ran my own craft company” Zarita explained. The newcomer children were delighted to work with her making fun crafts during the week.

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“When you give children artistic freedom to create using music and media you may be surprised at the limitlessness of their brilliance” Bryna Berezowska (Nai Manager)

Creating cards, wooden boxes, and practicing drumming were just a few of the many creative activities Nai offered during the summer adventures.  Jorji, Patricia, Helm, Yem, Patricia and Mekela (left to right)

Creating cards, wooden boxes, and practicing drumming were just a few of the many creative activities Nai offered during the summer adventures.

Jorji, Patricia, Helm, Yem, Patricia and Mekela (left to right)

At the end of the week, the children performed their art for friends and family! “Performing builds confidence and brings communities from different backgrounds together.” Nai Staff

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Zarita’s groups created an artistic trivia game for the audience to guess the origins of the participants and music. “We had children from so many different countries such as India, Syria, Iran, Philippines, Lebanon, and, Ukrane,” said Nadeen Abu Shaban (Choir Coordinator).

Zarita’s second group created an original dance!

“Shake it off” Miguel, Toulin, Jorji, Mariana, Julia, Zarita, Jad (left to right)

“Shake it off” Miguel, Toulin, Jorji, Mariana, Julia, Zarita, Jad (left to right)

Zarita and the other Nai artists encouraged the children to use video and digital cameras to capture their own unique stories. The children took the time to explore nature in a deeper way. They snapped photos of dragonflies at Edwards Gardens and videotaped the monkeys jumping around at the Toronto Zoo. “The children were so focused and present while exploring and enjoying the sights of their new home in Toronto. You could tell they were so proud!” Nai Staff

With the help of Tiffany (a researcher from York University), a slide show of their photos and videos were displayed at the final performance.

Photos taken by the Nai participants!

Photos taken by the Nai participants!

“The parents were so happy to see their children opening-up, performing, and expressing themselves in an artistic and creative way.” Zarita

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“What a joy and privilege it is to help young newcomers find their voice through music and the arts! Thanks to all of the sponsors, artists, staff, parents, and participants for creating an incredible summer experience for Nai!” Nai Staff

Zarita captured the vibrancy and genius of the children in this beautiful book that will hold the Nai memories! Thank you, Zarita for bringing your creativity to this Nai experience!

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