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Art, Migration, and Connection — with Adriana Contreras

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Adriana Contreras Correal is a visual artist, graphic recorder and illustrator. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia and immigrated to BC with her family in 1998, at the age of fifteen. Artistic expression has always been a central part of Adriana's life and became an essential tool for navigating the world as a first-generation immigrant. Adriana completed her BFA at SFU School for the Contemporary Arts in 2006 and has worked and volunteered in numerous local Arts and Community organizations for 20 years. Highlights include SFU Galleries, New Performance Works Society, SFU Woodwards' Cultural programs, SFU Health and Counselling, Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, the Burnaby and Vancouver Art Galleries.In 2018 Adriana was selected as one of two Community Scholars with the organization Drawing Change. This outstanding opportunity allowed her to bring together her knowledge and passion for visual language and communication, her work in migrant justice, health, and community building, and her desire to expand her artistic practice. Adriana is now a full-time Graphic Recorder, Illustrator and Designer, working independently and as a proud team member of Drawing Change, Fuselight Creative and On the Right Mind.
Below the Radar explores immigration and connecting to community and social justice movements through art with Adriana Contreras, a visual artist and storyteller who captures dialogues as they unfold as a graphic recorder with Drawing Change.Adriana is in conversation with co-hosts Fiorella Pinillos and Melissa Roach about her journey with visual arts and dance as a first generation immigrant from Colombia. Adriana tells us how her love for the arts has shaped her career, sharing her experiences of working as a visual artist and communicator at the intersection of art and social change.
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