These images were done by photography students at the New Brunswick
College of Craft and Design, in a course called “Re-presenting
Ideas”. In this class we focus on the ways photographs can be
constructed to portray specific emotions or ideas.
Marc Gionet came to talk to us about Darfur and our possible
involvement with all the efforts to increase awareness about this
horrific tragedy. The photo students were then asked to make images
that conveyed what they thought and felt about this situation.
We worked on this project over almost 3 weeks. Students brought
increasingly refined “draft” versions of their photographs to class
where they were extensively critiqued. In some cases the artists
did 3 different versions of the work, each time pushing for greater
clarity and impact for their messages.
This was a great learning experience.
We also hope this work will contribute to efforts to provide safety
and ongoing security to our brothers and sisters in Darfur.
Feels Good to Paint for Darfur
Local artists and FeelsGood.ca members are invited to donate their
talent and interpretation of what’s going on in Darfur and how
local communities are organizing to influence positive social
Paints and supplies have been donated by the AHRC and the New
Brunswick College of Craft and Design.
The painting session will take place at the NB College of Craft and
Design February 24, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. & March 3rd, 6:00
p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Feels Good to Help Darfur Art Exhibit
Donated pieces from Feels Good to Paint for Darfur will be
displayed at the Garrison District Ale House on March 16, 2009.
Following the event, selected pieces will be exhibited in local
businesses, Gallery 78 and in a virtual gallery on FeelsGood.ca
Feels Good to Help Darfur
Join your community in speaking out against the genocide in Darfur
on March 16, 2009, at the Garrison District Ale House where you can
get informed, inspired and entertained.
Local artists, NB College of Craft and Design students and
FeelsGood.ca members will be exhibiting their personal
interpretations of the Darfurian crisis and community efforts to
produce effective social change through original artistic
contributions. These pieces will also be exhibited by local
businesses throughout the month of March in an effort to raise
Omer Ismail, Darfur native, spokesperson for The Darfur Union and
the co-founder of Darfur Peace and Development in Washington D.C.
will speak on current developments in Darfur and the impact of
grassroots movements on the crisis.
Multimedia and informational packages supplied by Save Darfur
Canada will be available in addition to merchandise.
FeelsGood.ca musicians will provide the night’s entertainment.
The 2009 Dr. Abdul Lodhi Memorial Lecture Series in
The 2009 Dr. Abdul Lodhi Memorial Lecture Series Lecture in Human
Rights will be held on Tuesday, March 17 at 4:00 pm in the McCain
Auditorium at St. Thomas University.
The lecture will be delivered by Omer Ismail who was born in El
Fashir, Western Sudan.
After graduating from Khartoum University, Omer worked as a
research assistant to Dr. Mansour Khalid, the former Minister of
Foreign Affairs in Sudan. His worked with international relief and
development organizations until 1988 when he became the Operations
Manager for the United Nations Operation Life Line Sudan, the
largest relief operation in the world at the time.
Omer fled Sudan after the NIF (National Islamic Front) took
power in 1989 and since has lived as a refugee in the United
States. He returned to the United Nations to serve in Somalia from
1992-1994. In Washington, he helped found the Sudan Democratic
Forum, a think tank of Sudanese intellectuals working for
advancement of democracy in Sudan. He is currently the spokesperson
for The Darfur Union, an advocacy group, and the co-founder of
Darfur Peace and Development.
The Atlantic Human Rights Centre, the St. Thomas University Human
Rights Society, FeelsGood.ca, the New Brunswick College of Craft
and Design, Save Darfur Canada and the Garrison District Ale House