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Masks We Wear

Updated: Aug 14, 2020

COVID 19 has had an impact on the other health emergency – the Opioid Crisis. “Masks We Wear” explores the faces we present to the world and those we perceive of others. Beneath the mask shines our collective humanity.

The MOCAT is hosting a series of mask making workshops at various locations in Mission - August 18, 19, 25, 26 and 28. No art experience necessary. The masks will be created in a variety of mediums and participants will also write short narratives to describe their work. Workshop capacity is limited due to COVID protocols and pre-registration is required. Please email to register.

MOCAT also has an open call for artworks, photography, poetry, music and memes created by Mission residents on this theme. If you have artwork you would like to submit please email

“Masks We Wear” will be exhibited during the week of August 31 along First Avenue in Mission and then on display in the Community Art Space at The Reach in Abbotsford as part of their fall exhibition.

The MOCAT is also participating in the Moms Stop The Harm Purple Ribbon Campaign. Purple is the colour adopted by International Overdose Awareness Day. Ribbons have long been displayed as a token of remembrance. They are powerful symbols of ties that bind. Moms Stop The Harm asks Canadians to wear purple and tie ribbons in remembrance of loved ones, “Somebody’s Someone”, lost to overdose and drug harms. More information is available at

We welcome the participation of people with lived/living experience - including family members, anyone touched by the Opioid Crisis and of the wider community. For more information please contact the MOCAT Project Coordinator Kat Wahamaa at: . Find the MOCAT on FB/StopOverdoseMission and Twitter @StopODMission.

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