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Forth Coffee (Gallery Room, lower level)
171 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0S1
Join us for an evening cup of coffee and conversation with Darcy Ataman, founder of Make Music Matter, a Winnipeg-based non-profit that uses music to help heal survivors of conflict and trauma in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Hear the powerful stories of survivors who are healing in harmony and listen to the music they've created to share their experiences and inspire change.
Treat yourself to a local brew from Forth Café upstairs, then head down to the Gallery Room to share some global views. We'll provide the snacks and Darcy will lead the discussion. Your questions and insights are encouraged as we explore this amazing project and the transformative power of music.
Speaker Bio: Darcy Ataman
Darcy Ataman is the founder and CEO of Make Music Matter, a Winnipeg organization dedicated to bringing the Healing in Harmony music therapy program to survivors of conflict and trauma, while establishing messages of social change and hope. This program helps survivors, vulnerable women, and children use the healing power of music to recover from the trauma of war and extreme sexual violence. They operate in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and now Turkey, with plans for further expansion into Iraq. Darcy is committed to enriching and improving the lives of children, youth and adults in some of the world’s most challenging environments. He is an advocate for women’s rights and ensures that those he encounters are able to discover and celebrate their voices, primarily through the use of song.