Tour with Special Guest: David Oleson - Nia Centre for the Arts
For Community

Tour with Special Guest: David Oleson

Meet our Lead Architect


December 7 - 7, 2023


6:30PM - 7:30PM


524 Oakwood Ave, Toronto, ON M6E 2X1

An opportunity for architecture enthusiasts and curious minds to learn more about the unique design elements that define our space

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Discover the Nia Centre for the Arts from a new perspective with our architecture-focused tour led by David Oleson.

Nia Centre for the Arts is a Toronto-based non-profit that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation for arts from the Afro-diaspora. Since 2009, Nia Centre has been supporting young Black creatives and artists to create without boundaries and pursue a pathway in the arts.

After breaking ground in 2020, we have been renovating our building at 524 Oakwood Avenue in Little Jamaica. This state of the art, multipurpose facility is Canada’s first, professional, multidisciplinary arts centre. This historic space is the result of a $12 million capital project, where Canadians from all walks of life contributed to the creation of this building.

As we reopen our doors to community, we invite artists, young creatives, and community members to tour our newly redeveloped Centre. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour all three floors of The Centre with Nia Centre staff and learn more about the facilities & our programming.


Paid parking is available along Oakwood Avenue. Green P parking lots are available at 341 and 406 Oakwood Avenue – both a 5 minute walk from The Centre.

About David Oleson

With over 40 years of experience in teaching and practicing architecture, David began his career as a student of architecture at Carnegie-Mellon University. Prior to arriving in Toronto in the early 1970’s, he practiced in both Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

David’s commitment to architecture has extended well beyond the office. He was Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects for two successive terms, and is currently a voluntary member of numerous community design committees. David has been an Adjunct and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design, as well as guest lecturer and critic at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Ryerson Polytechnic University, University of Manitoba, University of Arkansas and George Brown College.

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