Nia Centre for the Arts: First Black Arts Centre in Toronto

Nia Centre for the
Arts

We are a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the African Diaspora.

We are excited to be re-developing our space at 524 Oakwood Ave into a renewed professional arts centre. This hub will provide the community with art exhibition spaces, a 160-seat performance theatre, co-working spaces, digital arts incubation studios, recording & visual arts studios and community workspaces.

We are building Canada’s first professional multi-disciplinary centre for African-Canadian art.

Donate Now!

What We Do

We create spaces for Black Art by supporting professional and emerging artists to learn, grow and show their art.

WE PROVIDE
Professional Development

We provide opportunities for Afro-diasporic artists to gain new skills, hone their artistic practices, and push their creative limits.

WE PROVIDE
Youth Mentorship & Engagement

We provide young people the opportunity to explore a wide range of creative pathways and expand their artistic abilities. We are an approved vendor with TDSB and provide culturally-relevant school workshops.

WE PRESENT
Exhibitions

We produce and present exhibitions both at the Centre and across Toronto. We showcase work from Afro-diasporic artists across a range of disciplines and mediums – showcasing work provokes, challenges, and inspires our community.

What's On

There’s always something you can be a part of. Check out our upcoming events & opportunities below:

Card image cap Learn More

On Site: Mural Mentorship & Creation Program

July 19 - August 23, 2021
5:00PM - 7:00PM

Apply by July 9th

Card image cap Learn More

Just Us: Call For Mural Applications

July 20 - September 15, 2021

Requesting mural proposals in support and recognition of Black lives and the rights of Indigenous Peoples

Card image cap Learn More

Knowing Histories, Building Futures

September 8 - October 20, 2021
6:00PM - 7:30PM
111Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

Explore your creativity through clay!

See more events

Impact on our Community

What gets measured gets done. Here’s a summary of what we did in 2019:

57
Programs and Events

that built capacity of over 1300 Black artists and community members.

4
Artists-in-Residence

who received free studio space, materials and curatorial guidance

80
Mentees

matched with professional artists as mentors

5
Major Exhibitions

showcasing the work of over 50 Black artists

30
Thousand Dollars

paid to Black artists and creatives

Learn More About Us

Our Supporters

As a charity, we’re grateful for the support of our donors and supporters which enable the work we do.

Sponsor Logos
Sponsor Logos
Sponsor Logos

Copyright © 2021 Nia Centre for the Arts All Right Reserved.