I have read every card. Every card that was left in AKFC’s award-winning Together exhibition on our visitors’ hopes and dreams for a better world. I have met some of the 80,000 people who have visited the exhibition over the last three years. I have watched the exhibition travel across 10 provinces and Canada’s North; 40,000 kilometres to be exact. That’s like driving around the entire world at the equator! Together travelled to many places, inspiring Canadians to think about their role in alleviating global poverty. It went everywhere! Museums, universities, schools, libraries, powwows, festivals, and farmers markets, but it made its last stop where it started three years ago– here at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa.
As Together closed its doors for the last time on December 5, 2017, I collected all those cards as a reminder of our shared aspirations for a more peaceful, prosperous, equal, and pluralist world. As the exhibition comes to a close, what an inspiring feeling to be left with: people from all across Canada came together to shout “I want to make a difference!” And I have no doubt you will– no doubt that you will continue to bring about positive change for our communities, our country, and for our world.
Meet some of the Canadians who joined us on our journey in this special edition Flickr gallery.
Stayed tuned in 2018 for a special impact video on the Together exhibition!
Christine McGuire is an exhibition planner with Aga Khan Foundation Canada. For three years, she has managed Together: An exhibition global development, an innovative, interactive exhibition on wheels that has travelled the country inspiring visitors to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more visit akfc.ca/together.