K-12 Expressive Arts and the Refugee Experience

Through an experiential activity and a presentation, participants will hear about and witness the stories and artwork from the Refugee Expressive Arts project in Surrey schools. They will learn about how the arts provide a means of holding trauma for refugee children and about how the creative process offers a living means of externalizing the children’s memories and experiences and expressing their wounds, their longings and needs. Through the witnessing of the children’s articulations, participants will learn about the refugee experience and some of the struggles the kids face when integrating into their new environment and schools. 

Target Audience

All Grades K-12


12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

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  • Peta Schur

    Peta Schur is an Expressive Arts Therapist, supervisor and consultant. She is the co-founder and core faculty of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at Langara, as well as the supervisor of the Refugee Expressive Arts Project with the Welcome Centre. Peta presents lectures, seminars and workshops on trauma, expressive arts therapy and counselling at educational institutions throughout the Lower Mainland. Peta is passionate about sharing the beauty and depth of Expressive Arts Therapy, and she is committed to combining therapeutic understanding, a framework of social justice and an appreciation of our capacity to transform suffering to promote change and healing.