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Newcomers in Edmonton introduced to world of art

Hundreds of newcomers to Canada got the chance to take in some art on Sunday. Local groups teamed up to introduce new Canadians to the artwork and artists of their new country.

Event was a collaboration between the Art Gallery of Alberta and two organizations for newcomers

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Hundreds of newcomers to Canada got the chance to take in some art on Sunday.

The day of arts and crafts was a collaboration between the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, Bredin Centre for Learning and the City of Edmonton.

Tarek Fathelbab with the Bredin Centre said admiring artwork is not a luxury newcomers often get when they arrive in Canada.

"It is a part that we usually miss when it comes to settlement," Fathelbab said. "Most people are busy looking for jobs and trying to survive, so they forget to see the artistic side of Canada."

The newcomers experienced guided tours of the art gallery, as well as crafts, music and performers. 

Najm Attamaami demonstrated his calligraphy skills at the event on Sunday.

All the exhibits at the Art Gallery of Alberta feature Canadian artists, showcasing the country.

Meaghan Froe with the art gallery said experiencing the art world gives newcomers a different view of their new city.

"I think that being able to come and visit the art gallery provides you a little bit more information about the city or province that you're living in," Froe said.

"Being the Art Gallery of Alberta, we do have quite a few works from Canadian and Albertan artists and I think being able to visit here will provide you a little bit of context about where you are."