Nia Centre is committed to supporting artists working across disciplines, and ranging in experience levels.
We strive to build the creative capacities and support the development of a healthy identity in Black youth.
We are committed to connecting community members to artistic and cultural experiences, year-round.
Initially funded through the Youth Challenge Fund in 2008 to address the roots of youth violence and disengagement, early programs focused on helping young people hone their artistic talents, and support positive youth development. Since then, Nia Centre has connected thousands of young people and emerging youth artists to mentors, opportunities to build transferable skills and employment. The Centre has offered programs in music, spoken word, literature, visual arts, theatre, dance and interdisciplinary arts often in partnership with established artists and arts organizations.
Nia Centre always had a vision for a physical space to address the lack of safe spaces for African-Canadian communities.
In 2015, we secured a lease for 524 Oakwood Ave, located just south of Eglinton Ave West, in the heart of a historically Caribbean neighbourhood with a long history of artistic and creative entrepreneurship
Nia Centre is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors with professional and artistic expertise related to the organization’s strategic priorities as well as core demographic. They have expertise in law, financial management, fundraising, compliance, strategic communications and marketing, government relations, non-profit management, artistic practice and presentation. The Board plays an active role in the organization’s growth and development through strategic planning, policy development, fundraising and raising the profile of the organization.
Funded in 2009, we have been on a journey for over the last decade to become Canada’s first professional multi-disciplinary centre for African-Canadian art.
As a charity, we’re grateful for the support of our donors and supporters which enable the work we do.
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