In the context of the im/migrant experience in Canada, our exploration of the concept of “Harmony in Diversity” involves recognizing and celebrating the coexistence of people with various cultural backgrounds and identities while also addressing unique challenges and opportunities. By bringing people from diverse backgrounds together via art and dialogue, we aim to foster inclusion, equity, and a more vibrant community.
“Harmony” conveys a sense of balance and unity in various aspects of life, whether it be in music, society, art, personal well-being, nature, or relationships.
“Diversity” refers to a wide array of people that come from different backgrounds, lifestyles, social experiences, races, and religions.
When we look at these words together we are elevating the coexistence of various perspectives and backgrounds with the ability to embrace, respect and value differences as strengths. This can lead to better problem-solving, increased creativity, and a more comprehensive understanding of complex issues. By emphasizing the value of diversity, acknowledging the challenges im/migrants face, and promoting inclusive practices, we celebrate the unique contributions of each culture while working together to create a more equitable and inclusive community.
This year, we explored the theme of Harmony in Diversity through community dialogues and an artistic initiative. We brought together members of our diverse North Shore community to share and learn from each other, and build cross-cultural connections. This initiative was a vibrant celebration of our diverse community and showcased the many ways in which different cultures unite to create something truly special.
During the community dialogue event, Living Room Conversation: Cultural Activism, newcomers, im/migrants, Indigenous people, and long-time residents came together to share their cultures and build connections across differences. Through dialogues, participants shared their cultural activities with each other, explored Indigenous culture, and discussed what is means to have a welcoming community. Our artistic initiative, the Harmony in Diversity Photography Challenge, invited im/migrants to share photos they had taken on the North Shore. Utilizing art as a universal language provides im/migrants with a creative platform to express themselves. In our recent artistic initiative, we offered newcomers the chance to exhibit their unique perspective on “Harmony in Diversity” through the lens of their cameras. This event was a celebration of the richness of our community through the angles and visions captured by these talented individuals.
All the submitted photos and photographer statements are shared below:
Photographer Statement: “The picture is taken in English Bay in 2022 and shows the diversity of life in the cities. In this picture, there is a girl beside a bird and a building beside a grass field. Humans live in harmony with nature.”
Photographer Statement: “The harsh Canadian vibe. This landscape is so harsh, but at the same time so beautiful!”
Photographer Statement: “Harmony in diversity of lights and high buildings (from Vancouver downtown).
Photographer Statement: “Vancouver – very beautiful and enchanting colours of autumn.
Photographer Statement: “Whatever nationality you are, we can be happy and have fun together.”
Photographer Statement: “Thank you for being with me. Let’s go. You smiled until my anger melted. You hugged my pain so that I could be cured. You made me believe to be the hero of my own life.”
Photographer Statement: “The combination of colors and the creation of a beautiful and fantastical design underline the theme of diversity in harmonious architectural expression.”
Photographer Statement: “These photos represent a symmetrical harmony.”
Photographer Statement: “These photos have a contrast of harmony and colours.”
Photographer Statement: “We can see the city of Vancouver with buildings having different shapes and sizes but all together present a harmony, like different musical sounds in a concert. The same goes with the metal decorative object in the front. People with different cultures and thoughts make the varieties of this beautiful world.”