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

Nia Centre for the

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.

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What We Do

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

Professional Development

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

Youth Programs and Mentorship

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 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:

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Black by Design

March 1 - April 3, 2023

Interested in a career in interior design?

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Capturing the Culture: Info Session

April 4 - 4, 2023
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Learn more about our upcoming program and meet the facilitator!

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Talk & Critique with Timothy Hunter

April 13 - 13, 2023
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Connect with Timothy Hunter and gain feedback on your work.

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Impact on our Community

What gets measured gets done. Here’s a summary of what we did in 2021:

Programs and Events

that built capacity of over 471 Black artists and community members.

Schools Partnered

with us for in-school afrocentric arts programming


matched with professional artists as mentors

Major Exhibitions

showcasing the work of over 21 Black artists

Artistic Showcases

including public performances and literary events

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Our Supporters

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

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