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.

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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.

WE PROVIDE
Professional Development

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

WE PROVIDE
Youth Mentorship & Engagement

Nia Centre provides youth and emerging artists the opportunity to explore a wide range of creative pathways, expand their artistic abilities through mentorship and culturally relevant workshops. We are an approved vendor with TDSB and provide school workshops.

WE PRESENT
Exhibitions

Nia Centre produces and presents yearly exhibitions both at the Centre, and across Toronto. Our exhibitions showcase work from Afro-diasporic artists across a range of disciplines, in a variety of 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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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Online Exhibition and Publication

November 4 - December 7, 2020

Submission Deadline: December 7

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Wellness Connect: Start your self-care journey with Nia Centre

November 17 - March 17, 2021
6:00PM - 7:30PM

Register by November 30th to receive supplies for December programming!

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Craft Your Pen Pt. 1

November 26, 2020
6:00PM - 7:30PM

Learn about different forms of writing and how to structure your creative voice!

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Impact on our Community

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

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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

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Major Exhibitions

showcasing the work of over 50 Black artists

30
Thousand Dollars

paid to Black artists and creatives

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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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