Homebound: Poetry & Spoken Word Workshops for Young Muslim Women

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“Homebound” is a nine-session poetry, spoken word, and editing workshop series that will explore the theme “The Future We Build”. This workshop will be an opportunity to learn from our Muslim women artists, be mentored by our amazing facilitators in the art of writing, performance and editing, and finally, write about, celebrate and share our experiences with our fellow Muslim women peers; all done in a space that is safe and free of judgment. In “Homebound” we seek to inspire, support, and have fun!

Not only do you get a FREE arts-based poetry workshop, everyone in Homebound has an opportunity to learn from Warsan Shire at a day-long poetry retreat, be published in our 3rd Muslim women poetry collection as well as perform on stage in front of their community at the beautiful Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park! How amazing is that?

The workshops are open to anyone (16-29) who self-identifies as a Muslim woman through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, and ancestral connections.

Workshops dates are:

Sept 27 – 1-4pm (writing)
Oct 11 – (all day writing and arts retreat with Warsan Shire)
Oct 25 – 1-4 (writing / exploration)
Nov 8 – 1-4 (writing / exploration)
Nov 22 – 1-4 (writing / exploration)
Dec 6 – 1-4 (editing 1)
Jan 10th – 1-4 (editing 2)
Feb 7 – 1-4 (editing 3)
March 28 – 1-4 (final touches and mini-celebration)

Participants have access to:
-TTC tokens
-Childcare (upon 48 request)
-Language Interpreters (including ASL) available (upon 4 day request)
-Opportunity to be published as well as perform
-Mentorship from established Muslim women poets & writers

Pre-registration is required please contact us to register 416-323-9149 ext 268 or outburst@schliferclinic.com and we will send you a short registration form to complete. The registration application deadline is Monday September 15th.

Homebound is generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Truth & Dare: Photography & Photo-Based Mixed Media Workshops

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Come to explore the theme “The Future We Build” through photography-based creative exploration. 

Truth & Dare is a FREE arts-based workshop series for young Muslim women interested in photography and mixed media facilitated by arts educator Zahra Agjee. Build your photography skills, make art, tell your stories and learn about amazing Muslim women artists. No previous experience needed!

Workshop dates are:
Sept. 27 – 1:00 – 4:00
Oct. 11 – 10:00 – 4:00 (full day arts retreat with Warsan Shire)
Oct. 25 – 1:00 – 4:00
Nov. 8 – 1:00 – 4:00
Nov. 22 – 1:00 – 4:00
Dec. 6 – 1:00 – 4:00

Plus, you have an opportunity to join us on October 5th for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche!

The workshops are open to anyone (16 – 29) who self-identifies as a Muslim woman through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, ancestral connections.

Participants have access to
– TTC tokens
– Childcare (upon 48 request)
– Language Interpreters (including ASL) available (two weeks prior to workshop date)
– Opportunity for your art to be showcased in an art gallery show during the Scotiabank Contact Festival

Space is limited, please email us to get an application at: info@tndproject.com. The registration application deadline is Monday September 15th.

This photography workshop series for young Muslim Women is one of several workshop series by The Truth & Dare Project in partnership with Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project.

About the arts educator – Zahra Agjee is a freelance photographer and graphic artist who practices and resides in Toronto. Her work deals with issues of identity, representation and the self. She graduated form the Ontario College of Art & Design with a Photography major and a Graphic Design minor. Agjee currently coordinates and facilitates The Truth & Dare photography workshop series for young Muslim women as well as facilitates youth art programs in the Greater Toronto Area.


The Truth and Dare Project hosts a workshop series for young Muslim women who have faced forms of violence, discrimination, racism, Islamophobia, poverty and marginalization and segregation based on their beliefs, the colour of their skins, or whom they associate with. Our workshops create a safe space for young Muslim women to collaborate with other who have faced similar adversities; learn individually and collectively; and explore art as a creative outlet to share their stories. Participants will find mentorship in youth leaders and artists, build community with those who share relatable experiences and most importantly, leave with the feeling that they have a safe support system in place.

Outburst! is a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence. As young Muslim women we want to determine the ways in which we define and access safety. Outburst!, a project of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, is an opportunity for us to build community through art, education and research.www.outburstmovement.com

Funding for Outburst! Young Muslim Women and Truth & Dare Project provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Hey FIBA LIFT the Ban on Hijab & other Religious Wear for Professional & Competitive Basketball Players

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On Wednesday August 27th the International Basketball Federation will be meeting to decide if they are going to lift the ban religious wear Ariticle 4.4.2.0. We urge our Outburst Fam to reach out to FIBA and let them know the impact of this ban. Below is a sample letter you can use as well as images that speak to our #right2wear.You can directly email here: info@fiba.com also tweet  @FIBA #right2wear #lifthijabban
President of FIBA – International Basketball FederationRoute Suisse 5 – P.O Box 29
1295 Mies – SwitzerlandDear Yvan MaininiI am writing to express my appreciation that FIBA considering lifting the ban Article 4.4.2 o on head coverings, i.e. the hijab for basketball players.  I believe it is offensive and discriminatory.There is nothing about the hijab, particularly in the sport-friendly version that is widely available now i.e. Resporton, that poses no more of an inherent threat to physical safety than other articles of clothing. Moreover, although this rule doesn’t explicitly single out Muslims, it affects Muslim women disproportionately.  For Muslim women who believe that the headscarf is a religious requirement, this rule asks them to choose between following their religion and playing basketball, which is not a choice that religious women of most other faiths have to make.  FIBA needs to consider the unequal implications of its rules, and to stop policing the clothing that some Muslim players are wearing.

For many girls and women, playing sports is a way of staying healthy, building self-esteem, and being part of a strong community.  The opportunity to participate in organised sports represents more than just an occasional meet-up to play ball; for many people, it is also plays a vital role in their health and sense of self and community.

This is also about more than isolated incidents affecting only a few players.  Many exceptional aspiring basketball stars such as Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, who have dreamed of a flourishing future as a professional basketball player, will have their dreams cut short due to the FIBA ban.

There are many examples of sports events where participants wear hijab without incident.  FIBA, another international sports organization lifted their ban and now welcome players who wear the hijab.  The 2012 Olympics featured a number women who competed wearing the hijab including Wojdan Shaherkani, Noor Hussain Al-Malki, Tahmina Kohistani, Shinoona Salah al-Habsi, Fatima Sulaiman Dahman. Daily throughout the world girls and women are wearing hijab participating in a wide range of sports including basketball, fencing, Australian football, weightlifting, and boxing.

I am tired of everyone – sports institutions, governments, families, religious scholars, the justice system, our peers – being obsessed with what Muslim women wear.  Muslim women and girls have the right to choose how we outwardly express our faith and religion. Muslim women have the right to wear what we please. FIBA needs to get out of our wardrobes and let women play.
Sincerely

What Outburst! Means to Me

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There is something powerful about the community that has been built by Outburst. I have been fortunate to be apart of this group the past year and honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way. Every single meeting/event I was surrounded by amazing women who inspired me and pushed me to be a better person. I was fortunate enough to be one of the curators for the first young muslimah art exhibit at Daniel Spectrum called (Mus)interpreted. I had never curated a galley prior to the exhibit but I was given the chance to learn and execute a great event that positively affected the community of Regent Park. The exhibit was open for a month showcasing the great talent within the muslimah community. For several artists this was their first time exhibiting their art. I wouldn’t have had that opportunity without the great people at Outburst.

Outburst is one of my favourite projects in the city it allows for women all over the GTA access free programming and leadership opportunities. The project has affected my life and continues to change the lives of all the women it touches.

We have less than 48 hours to make a positive impact in the community. DONATE to Outburst! Young Muslim Project. This will allow for the project to continue accessible programming for young women in the Greater Toronto Region.

Written by: Nasma Ahmed