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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.

Our space at 524 Oakwood Ave is Canada’s first professional Black arts centre. The Nia Centre is a space built with purpose and dedicated to Black artists and young creatives. Designed to serve a wide array of multi and interdisciplinary arts, the Centre provides the community with a multi-purpose performance theatre, event space, a digital media lab, exhibition space and a dedicated youth hub.

At Nia Centre for the Arts, we recognize the importance of making arts spaces accessible for everyone. We are committed to providing members of the public with an inclusive and diverse cultural space that is welcoming and responsive to community needs.

Want to know more about accessibility at Nia Centre? Visit the Our Space page.

Where Art Makes Culture


What We Do

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

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For Artists

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

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For Youth

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.

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For Community

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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Tour the Nia Centre

February 2 - March 22, 2024

524 Oakwood Ave, Toronto, ON M6E 2X1

An opportunity to learn more about the centre.

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Brush & Sip

March 14 - 14, 2024
6:30PM - 9:00PM
524 Oakwood Ave, Toronto, ON M6E 2X1

"Unleash your creativity! Discover the joy of creative expression and connect with talented artist Chawntay Barrett during our Open Studio and Paint & Sip evening.

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The Gathering: A day of self-care for Black men

March 16, 2024
12:00PM - 5:00PM
524 Oakwood Ave, Toronto, ON M6E 2X1

An afternoon of wellness for Black men

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Impact on our Community

What gets measured gets done. Here’s a summary of what we did in 2023:

370
Artists

Over 18 programs, workshops and artist talks

300
Youth

Programs aimed at Youth Development

162
Mentees

Mentorship program with professional artists as mentors

467
Students

Programs in Collaboration with various schools

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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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