ACAM Dialogues: Art Workshop & Drop-In

We would like to acknowledge that this event will take place on the traditional, unceded, ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. We hope that as we continue facilitating dialogue around Asian diasporic communities, we also engage in critical conversation about what it means to be uninvited guests and settlers on this land.

When: Fri. April 3rd @ 1-2:30pm
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*Registration required. Event free and open to all.*


On Friday, April 3rd, please join us for a virtual facilitated art workshop held on Zoom (a free video conferencing platform). At this online event, we will be crafting art pieces together while joining for conversation and discussion around our current experiences with wellness in light of ongoing concerns around COVID-19. We hope to have you join us in creating a low-barrier space for participants to make art, connect, and relax in the midst of these stressful times. This event will include facilitated introductions, check-ins, and community agreements (including discussing participants’ boundaries around discussing COVID-19 and virtual safety/privacy).

No art experience is needed, just an open mind and a kind heart. While we won’t be able to provide supplies, we encourage participants to use whatever they have, whether that be markers, pencil crayons, paint, highlighters, pens, pencils – anything.

Note on discussion topics:
While discussion does not have to focus on COVID-19, we recognize that this topic may come up. All of us have been affected by the current pandemic in multiple and different ways, forcing us to rethink our near future. For some, our academics have been abruptly transitioned online or put on hold indefinitely; for others, we have faced issues with employment and income while supporting ourselves and our loved ones. While many of us are in the process of self-isolating for the safety of our communities, many are also worrying about our families who we’re unable to be with and care for in person.

In all of these overlapping scenarios, we want to recognize that we are in a strange and unprecedented state of uncertainty. We want to recognize the personal experiences and emotions all of you may be experiencing, whether that be anger, outrage, fear, loss, loneliness, melancholy, or relief. This art workshop is meant to validate what you’re currently going through and provide an inclusive online outlet and supportive network to not only explore different artistic strategies when dealing with stressful situations, but to also reaffirm that you’re not alone.

This event is free and open to all, regardless of affiliation with UBC. It is a continuation of the ACAM Dialogues: Mental Health in Asian Canadian Communities. We invite all students, staff, and faculty to attend, while being mindful of what it means to engage in a space of respectful and conscientious dialogue that centres the experiences of students of colour, particularly those who broadly identify with the Asian diaspora.



Chatroom/venue access

  • This event requires:
    Computer/phone or other device that can connect to internet
    Working internet connection
    Arts and crafts materials of your choice (Optional – if you’d like to participate in art portion)
  • This event will require WiFi and may not be suitable for those with EMS (electromagnetic sensitivity).
  • Unfortunately, we do not currently have an ASL interpreter or captioning for this event.

Mental wellness resources

*If you have questions or accessibility needs not listed here, please contact by Wed. April 1st.*