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 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 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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Playing the Diaspora: Call for Musicians

Want to showcase your music?

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Outreach 2022: Metamorphosis

May 24 - 9, 2022

Want to learn about darkroom photography?

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Build Your Brand: Networking Event

May 28, 2022
1:00PM - 4:00PM
100 Symes Rd, Toronto, ON M6N 5C9

Network with local artists and build new connections.

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Impact on our Community

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

Programs and Events

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


who received free studio space, materials and curatorial guidance


matched with professional artists as mentors

Major Exhibitions

showcasing the work of over 50 Black artists

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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