On Site: Mural Mentorship & Creation Program - Nia Centre for the Arts
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On Site: Mural Mentorship & Creation Program

Gain hands on mural expereince!


July 19 - August 23, 2021


5:00PM - 7:00PM

Apply by July 9th

Open to Black youth ages 18-29 who identify as LGBTQ2S+, this program offers participants the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in mural-making, while also learning how to transition their artistic practices from the page onto the wall. Participants will also work alongside Curtia Wright to produce a temporary mural. Facilitated by visual artist and muralist Curtia Wright, On Site will feature 5 online learning sessions online and one week of on-site mural work.

The temporary on-site mural work will take place at Nia Centre, 524 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto, using the construction hoarding that is currently in place. Murals will be drafted by participants and reviewed by Curtia who will provide feedback/support. Murals will be influenced by the themes within Curtia’s recent mural “Celebrating Queer Black Lives” presented in partnership with Steps Public Art.


  • Self-Identify as part of the Afro-Diaspora
  • Between the ages of 18-29
  • Self-Identify as part of the LGBTQ2S+
  • Be able to attend travel to Nia Centre, 524 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto for on-site mural work in August 2021

Space is limited. Deadline to apply: July 9, 2021 | 11:59 pm

Program Dates

Monday, July 19, 5-7pmIntroductions & Brief History of Mural Art and Black Artistic Expression
Monday, July 26, 5-7pmCurtia’s Mural, “Celebrating Queer Black Lives”, Artistic Themes
TBCTransitioning Your Artistic Practice to Public Art
Monday, August 9, 5-7pmPreparing for On-Site Mural Work (Prep, Materials, Safety, Interactions with Public, etc.)
Week of August 16, 10-4pmScheduled Mural Work at Nia Centre, 524 Oakwood Avenue (time slots TBC)
Monday, August 23, 5-7pmResponding to Mural Opportunities and/or Rending Your Work

Interested? Apply Today!

About Curtia Wright

Curtia Wright is a multidisciplinary fine artist and mural artist based in Toronto, Ontario.  Her works delve into the spiritual and mental wellness of peoples of the African dysphoria; linking to mythology/folklore while disseminating what ‘fantasy’ means. Her work questions societies’ indoctrinated beliefs of what femininity and blackness are in relation to gender. Learn more on her website or follow her on Instagram.

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