CCIS art collaboration with Studio C

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In November 2016, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society embarked on an afternoon of collaborative
team building with Studio C. This fun and interactive experience fostered the teamwork to create a
unique piece of art.

The event started with 8 canvases and 60 participants. Each canvas was designed with stylized icons
from the CCIS logo and 16 words that embodied team culture. These words were surveyed by the
participants prior to the collaboration and the results are represented on each canvas.
Reference images were provided and the teams were asked to determine a strategy which would
engage each participant in painting a beautiful finished product. In addition, each table was asked to
add a word on the canvas that was representative of someone’s culture.

As the day progressed, participants were periodically asked to move to a different team with a
different canvas. The challenge was to continue painting as a newly formed team and continue to
execute the original deliverables for the project. When the canvases were brought together, the group
discussed how they were able to work in new environments, with new skills, and new team members. It
was valuable to hear how the teams selected a language for each canvas and how that word translated
to English.

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