Newcomer Day Group Exhibition

"Geographies of Belonging" was a visual art exhibition curated by Claudia Arana, showcasing the work of 15 newcomer professional artists.

Geographies of Belonging in gradient purple to blue. The background is white with gold patterns that evoke lands in different shapes and sizes.


From May 9- May 16, 15 newcomer professional visual artists showcased their work in a group exhibition in City Hall Rotunda to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Newcomer Day in the City of Toronto

Newcomer Day is an annual event hosted by the City of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, where different organizations are presented to share resources that people new to Canada might benefit from or take pleasure in. Did you know that Toronto was once known as "The Meeting Place"? Today, Toronto is home to many Indigenous people, descendants of settlers, and people from many different cultures that now live in Canada. Newcomer Day seeks to recognize the incredible value that people new to Canada contribute to the Canadian cultural fabric – some of whom are artists!

In addition to curating the exhibition, we had a booth in the Information Fair in Nathan Phillips Square.


Claudia Arana is an independent curator and visual artist with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Visual Arts. She studied at the (SVA) School of Visual Arts and at the (ICP) International Centre of Photography in New York City. Recently, her work has been oriented towards community-engaged arts. Her curating method is continually and reflectively adapting to different sociopolitical and historical contexts to ensure that art is been created and promoted from different social and cultural perspectives.


This exhibition is a partnership between Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto Employment Services' Art Connections Program and City of Toronto Newcomer Office