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Rise Up! with WEST of Windsor Inc. and Jude Abu Zaineh

September 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021

AWE Gallery

Food is one of the simplest paths to connection and care. Creating meals and sitting down  around a collective dinner table is a memory that – despite coming from different experiences – unites  us as humans. People from different cultures can learn about each other through the sharing of their  respective recipes. Busy families find time to enjoy each other’s company when dinner arrives. Even in these distanced times, creative people have discovered new recipes and continued to cook together over  video chat, showing the power of food as a tool for connection that leaps the obstacle of distance.

Teaming up with WEST of Windsor Inc., AWE presented a duo of workshops called Rise Up in the Fall of 2021, facilitated by interdisciplinary artist and cultural worker, Jude Abu Zaineh.

Throughout these workshops, attendees had the opportunity to connect by sharing recipes and cultural traditions, and baked loaves of  bread together, using recipes from the heritages of WEST’s participants. Rise Up made and encouraged space to engage in self-care – through the nourishment of food – as well as care of  community through gaining hands-on experience from a professional artist, and celebrating culture and heritage with others.

This program encourages participants to:

  • Connect with a community mentor
  • Learn from each other’s artistic practices and cultures
  • Take pride in something that they created

Rise Up! and the Centre for Art and Wellness are generously supported by the Solcz Family Foundation.

Publications

Recipe

Khubez (Pita Bread)

Download and bake Jude Abu Zaineh’s pita bread recipe.

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Cookbook

Rise Up! with WEST of Windsor Inc. and Jude Abu Zaineh

Download and read the community cookbook.

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About the Artist: Jude Abu Zaineh

Jude Abu Zaineh is a Palestinian-Canadian interdisciplinary artist and cultural worker. Her  practice relies on the use of art, food, and technology to investigate meanings of culture, displacement,  diaspora, and belonging. She examines ideals of home and community while working to develop  aesthetics rooted in her childhood and upbringing in the Middle East.

Abu Zaineh is the recipient of the  2020 William and Meredith Saunderson Prizes for Emerging Artists, and was one of the first selected  artists to participate in a collaborative residency with the Ontario Science Centre and MOCA Toronto  (Canada). She has presented her work nationally and internationally including Cultivamos Cultura, São  Luis, Portugal; Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia, Lisbon, Portugal; Centro de Cultura Digital,  Mexico City, Mexico; SVA, NYC, USA; Forest City Gallery; London, Canada. Abu Zaineh received an MFA  from the University of Windsor (Canada) and is currently pursuing her PhD in Electronic Arts at  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY, USA) as a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow.

About the Partner: WEST of Windsor Inc.

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) provides support to women in  Windsor-Essex County and works to aid them in achieving their goals through acquiring employment,  training, and skill development, while aiding newcomers and immigrants with their settlement into our  community.  They break down barriers that women face in regards to employment, particularly for women from racialized communities. Along with a hired facilitator, the AGW can provide a skills-training program that is arts-based, connect clients with local arts leaders, and break down barriers of communication.

The SEAT Program aims to empower young women to think of careers in STEM/STEAM. This program will give young women between the ages of 15-30 years old the opportunity to work together on a STEAM related community-based project that will focus on creating positive change for our community.

About the Centre for Art and Wellness

The AWE Centre for Art and Wellness is an interdisciplinary mental wellness program that uses creative programming to foster community well-being. If you’re looking for a hub of programs that will help facilitate community connection and artistic creation, you’re in the right place! Through partnerships with local service providers and organizations, the Centre for Arts and Wellness is providing wellness programming for our community members who are most vulnerable during COVID-19 and beyond.