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Expanding your Horizons

Hi, I am an international student from New Delhi, India enrolled in MEng. Program in ECE Department. I completed most of my courses remotely and will be graduating in May 2022. I am a very extrovert person and love to be with people, enhance my networking skills by meeting new people, making new friends but sadly due to the pandemic I didn’t get the chance for all that as I was back home in India. It was a difficult situation for all of us and at some point it became frustrating for me not being able to interact with my course mates, meeting each other out during the course for studies and other activities. I finally came to Canada in February and have been in Kingston since then. Honestly, I have been loving it every single day here. I have been trying to make up for the time I lost due to COVID lockdown and have been trying to explore Kingston since the time I came to Canada. I am also an artist, dancer and a baker and have been trying to get my foot into the door in these areas. After all the struggle I did here, meeting people and spending hours Googling, here are a few suggestions that you can look into if you are keen to learn, create, engage and are looking for opportunities to expand your experience –

  1. Tett Center for Learning and Creativity (at 370 King St W) – I was introduced to Tett Tuesdays by one of my seniors while I was at his place for dinner one day and asked him about the opportunities in Kingston for artists. Tett Center organises Tett Tuesday Open studio every second Tuesday of each month from August – April from 7pm – 9pm. You can checkout their Instagram / Facebook page for more details to engage with other local artists from Kingston and learn about their experiences, learn and create Art with them during workshops and put up your creations in the Exhibitions organised by them. Its free of cost, open for all residents of Kingston and is an amazing opportunity to showcase your work as part of the community of artists.
  2. Kingston School of Art – It is located at Princess St. and just like Tett Center it also organises Exhibitions in collaboration with different art festivals happening around Summer. You can also enroll yourself for classes to enhance your skills. 
  3. Union Gallery – This gallery is located in Stauffer’s library at Queen’s University where you can apply for different positions that are available throughout the year and put up your work on display. You can follow their Instagram page to keep in touch with them to know about the opportunities available.
  4. Kingston School of Dance – For all the dancers out there, this one is for you. KSD offers dance workshops and courses all around the year especially during Summer. You can learn, teach and engage with fellow dancers so definitely checkout there Instagram page or visit them to know about their schedule for the year. Infact, checkout the amazing Dance club at Queen’s. It offers all sorts of dance styles as well.
  5. Summer/ Spring Art festivals – You can also checkout for different festivals organised all around the Summer such as Juvenis Festival, Art Festival on Canada Day, Skeleton Part festival, Kingston’s Women Art Festival and many more. The details for these are posted on Facebook / Instagram ‘Events’ section and you can follow the pages mentioned above as they keep posting information about a lot of these events scheduled.
  6. Visit different stores in Downtown and around Kingston – You can ask the owners of different stores to put up your artworks for sale. Stores like Novel Bookstore, KCAD, Kingston Coffee House, Coffee Way Donuts, Indigo Bookstore promote young and new artists by keeping their art pieces by charging some commission on every sale.
  7. Engage with your community – If you are an Indian, you can connect to the AIGSQ club as well as ICA – Kingston (India Canada Association) as they organise events all around the year so you can make connections and feel at home as it can get pretty lonely when you are away from your home and family. There are many more clubs for every community so search for groups and clubs on different social networking platforms.

A few more tips – network as much as you can as you get to learn so much from peoples’ experiences which are really beneficial, make connections on LinkedIn as they will help you with your job search later on, take part in every opportunity that comes your way, don’t leave any stone unturned as you don’t know what comes next to you.

Here is my Instagram Art handle – @greenteaanddoodling. I would be happy to connect with you.


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