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Care Work: Stories in Motion

An interactive storytelling performance involving movement and spoken word by migrant care workers based in Toronto.


TIn 2019, Kwentong Bayan Collective and Caregiver Connections Education and Support Organization (CCESO) premiered their collaborative storytelling project, Re-imagining Stories of Care at Myseum Intersections. The event received an overwhelmingly positive response from the community.

For Myseum Intersections 2020, they will reunite and offer a new collaborative project: Care Work Stories in Motion – an interactive storytelling performance featuring movement and spoken word by Migrant Caregivers / Care Workers. The multidisciplinary arts collective, Kwentong Bayan will activate the space using Balikbayan box sculptures illustrated with comics/komiks. The project will share the collective history of Filipino migration and important landmarks in Toronto for the Filipino-Canadian community.

Care Work Stories in Motion began with an 8-week Human Rights & Leadership Program. Topics included Anti-racism/Anti-oppression, Gender, Power & Privilege, Violence Against Women, Mental Health Awareness, Assertiveness, Effective Communication, and Self-Advocacy. This free program was organized by CCESO and supported by George Brown College Community Partnership Office and Parkdale Project Read’s Adult Literacy Program. The main facilitator was Martha Ocampo, a long-time community leader and advocate for Migrant Caregivers / Care Workers. Guest facilitators included Mahlikah Awe:ri who shared the learning journey, We Are of Earth & Sky: An Oppressive Awareness Workshop through an Indigenous Lens; and Karen Ancheta who worked intensively with the participants in a series of Community Storytelling Workshops.

Kwentong Bayan Collective have created Balikbayan sculptures that represent the long-distance emotional labour that migrant workers provide for their families back home. These boxes contain special gifts for missed family celebrations and common household items that are used everyday.

The public often hears sensational reports about the exploitation of Migrant Caregivers / Care Workers by employers, or the backlog of migrants applying to become permanent residents. These are all important issues, however there are many more untold stories that do not often receive public attention – stories of community resilience, friendship, self-discovery, political awakenings, and other labours of love.

The Balikbayan boxes feature illustrations that explore the history of Migrant Caregivers / Care Workers in Toronto, since the 1970s to present-day. Care Work Stories in Motion will inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation of the workers who care for our loved ones, support Canada’s social and economic well-being, and contribute to the stories of this city.

Creative Team

Caregiver Connections, Education and Support Organization (CCESO) is a volunteer, caregiver run organization that supports caregivers, newcomers, and migrant workers in Toronto since 2007. CCESO provides free programs and services including the Human Rights Advocacy Leadership Program at George Brown College. CCESO regularly use Popular Theatre Education for participants to gain knowledge and learn
new skills.

Kwentong Bayan
Kwentong Bayan is an award-winning collective of two Toronto-based artists, Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, whose artistic mandate is to explore a critical and intersectional approach to community based art, labour, and education. In the Filipino language, “kwentong bayan” is the literal translation of “community stories”. KBC has exhibited internationally and across Canada.

Karen Ancheta
Karen Ancheta a professional actor for 24 years and co-founder of Porch Light Theatre in Hamilton dedicated to the development and support of Youth, Emerging and Professional Theatre Artists/Storytellers. Karen’s selected onstage credits include Ligaya in HILOT MEANS HEALER (Cahoots), THROUGH THE BAMBOO (Uwi Collective) and an original member of the Hamilton 7.

Mahlikah Awe:ri, Enml’ga’t Saqama’sgw
Mahlikah Awe:ri, Enml’ga’t Saqama’sgw (The Woman Who Stands and Walks In The Light) is an Indigenous Creativepeneur utilizing her gifts as a contemporary story weaver to speak truth, co-create resiliency through intentional acts of solidarity; while reimagining what it means to be “In-Relation”, to the Land and interconnected to all things. Mahlikah is Wolf Clan, Haudenosaunee Kanien’kehà:ka & L’sitkuk Mi’kmaw First Nations. Her home base is the One Dish One Spoon Wampum Tsi’ Tkarón:to.

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Care Work: Stories in Motion

19 Apr 2020 –
30 Apr 2020

Intersections Gallery
18 Wellington Street W. (proceed to PATH)
Toronto, ON
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 11am – 7pm

Opening Reception &
Storytelling Performances:

April 19, 1-3:30PM

Please Note:
– This venue is wheelchair accessible.
– If you require any additional assistance, or require additional accommodation(s), please email and we will do our best to accommodate.
– In case of any changes or cancellation we will notify you via email well in advance.
– Video and photography will be taken at this event.

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