This family-friendly workshop, led by illustrator and author Janine Carrington, is an exploration of beauty, resilience, and resistance through the Trinidad and Tobago “Carnival” that also occurs in February.
Hear about the journey of African slaves to the Caribbean and how they incorporated their African cultures into the existing Lent festivities as a way of coping with hardship while they gained their freedom. Participants create a craft together to celebrate “Carnival,” followed by a reading of Janine’s new book “Em and the Cat.” Activities are geared towards ages 7-8 years. Families of all ages and cultures are welcome!
About the Author/Illustrator
Janine Carrington is a Canadian illustrator and author that specializes in BIPOC-centred, Black-affirming children's books and comics. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and taught the basics of drawing by her father. She went on to study art in high school and at the Ontario College of Art and Design. After completing her last year of college in Florence, Italy, she took time to travel the world before settling in Toronto again. She has been working professionally since 2008, and her work has been published in Canada's most highly respected children's magazine. She is currently inspired by her wonderful son to create art that uplifts children, especially those of colour.
Presented in partnership with Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton
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