This post was written by Jessica Marsh, Program Assistant Intern at Oxfam Canada in Saskatoon
On August 23rd, 2012, the Saskatoon community gathered at the mixed media event heART of Justice to celebrate the transformational role of the arts in raising awareness for social justice issues and help raise funds for Oxfam Canada programming in the Sahel region of Africa.
Bringing together an evening that included speakers, music, dance, art and photography, the Saskatoon team raised $3,000 for Oxfam Canada and, just as importantly, awareness for the Sahel region and the underlying causes and issues that have led to the current crisis situation. Fusing art, conversation and social justice, heART of Justice coloured outside the lines to paint a vivid picture of the unjust conditions in which people live, work, and fight to find solutions.
Generously sponsored and supported by The Two Twenty, Mane Productions, Paddock Wood Brewery, Earthbound Bakery, Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming Inc. (SCYAP), Young Benjamins, Poler Bear, Matt Hunter, Ryan Meili, Amy Jo Ehman and Andrea Cessna, we extend our appreciation to all those who are committed to helping change the story of social justice and put the human condition back into the pages.