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  • A hand is traced in green with a short poem on it, "In love, we can fly."  There is a red speckled heart around the poem, and specks of red, green and turquoise to the right of the hand.
    Digital Recreation of the Workshop Final Product
  • In the outline of a hand in green is a poem "Why?  I am here.  My chaotic ambition disrupts stagnant tradition.  Nurture revolution.  Create solutions."  Yellow flowers burst from the hand, framing the poem.
    Sample of the Workshop Final Product
  • Traces of two hands touch each other.  On the fingers is a short poem, "The light of my soul is mine."  The painting features pink, violet, yellow, red and blue paint.  There is a drawing of the bird flying away above the hands.
    Sample of Workshop Final Product

Hear Our Voices - An Art and Poetry Workshop


Deaf & Disability arts Poetry & spoken word Visual arts
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UNITI - Semiahmoo House Society

15306 24 Avenue

Surrey, BC

Directions: Turn onto 153rd street to access UNITI's parking lot. There is also street parking available nearby.


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


*Please register to attend on EventBrite so that we can have a general idea of how many people to expect!*

We want people to be their best selves. Through our art and poetry workshop, people of all ages and abilities can create a memorable art piece they can take with them and share with their loved ones.

Liz and Lauren will guide workshop attendees to write a short poem about something you really care about. This can be about yourself, places you've been to, people who've impacted your life or other ideas you are passionate about.

Workshop attendees will then decorate around the poem, painting images that they feel inspired to paint through their poetry and passions.

After the workshop, we hope your art poetry creation will inspire you to connect with others and express all that defines you.

Accessibility Details:

This event is for people of all ages and abilities. If you require ongoing support, please bring someone with you who can participate alongside. The location is wheelchair accessible. Instruction will be provided in English only, but we can provide assistance via text translation or cellphone accessibility, if necessary.

There will be light snacks and refreshments. Please contact us if there are allergens or sensitivities we should know about. Attendees can help themselves to snacks and refreshments but please keep in mind your own health and safety and make sure there is enough for others.

This event is free to attend. However, we encourage those who are able to donate or pay what you can. All proceeds will go to the Self-Advocates of Semiahmoo.



Self Advocates of Semiahmoo (Liz Etmanski and Lauren Fisher)

We represent the Self Advocates of Semiahmoo and UNITI! Liz and Lauren teach art workshops in South Surrey at UNITI's Semiahmoo House Society. With the support of the Self Advocates of Semiahmoo, a group of change-makers, they lead inclusive art workshops with accessibility in mind.

Liz Etmanski is an art teacher with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University. Liz is not only a painter, she also creates digital art on her tablet. She is also a published writer and performs stand-up poetry. Liz supports cancer research and people with disabilities around the world.

Lauren Fisher is a multidisciplinary artist who enjoys various visual arts, performing arts and they are also an avid writer. Lauren has a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology (Honours). They care deeply about the healing and introspective nature of art and enjoy sharing that love of art in community.