Black Futures Month 2022 - Nia Centre for the Arts

Black Futures Month 2022

As a community, we are always looking forward to the future. However, in doing so, it is important to reflect on the critical moments and conversations in our present, while also keeping in mind the legacies and histories of our past. BlackThen, BlackNow, BlackFutures, reminds us of our past, while simultaneously reflecting and celebrating our present moments and achievements as we look towards a future of rebuilding. This month, through 7 engaging and insightful events, we will honour our past, celebrate our present and shape our futures. 

Over the next month, experience events that are designed to inspire your creativity and bring you back into community. Make sure to register to save your spot.

Event Line Up

Remember When: Candid Conversations Pt. 1

Tuesday. February 8th | 6pm

Join a chat session for millennials (30+) to come together and reminisce. This is a space for people to reflect on how much music, fashion and culture has changed over the years and just how influential your generation has been!

Hosted by: Freda Aninkorah

Griot: Book Launch and Artist Talk

Thursday February 10th | 6pm

Come and celebrate the launch of our new chapbook ‘Griot: Six Writers Sojourn into the Dark’. Six emerging writers from our Black Pen program have each written a piece of short fiction that appears in this anthology. Following the launch, you will have the opportunity to hear from the artists as they share their experience and learnings, following by a live reading of their work.

Moderated by: Kyrell Grant

Painting Black Love

Monday February 14th | 6pm

Cost: $20.00CAD

Whether single or booed up, come and celebrate the day of love with us. This Valentines Day, Trayon Baksh of Tray Arts is leading a paint night for you and friends!

Around the Diaspora: Homecoming

Thursday February 17th

Cost: $20.00 CAD

Chef Bashir Munye will teach you how to prepare a delicious, modern take on Swahili cuisine. All from the comfort of your own kitchen! Participants will be sent a box of ingredients as well as a recipe to follow along with.

Around the Diaspora: Cookin’ Pon Gas

Tuesday February 22 | 6pm

Cost: $20.00

Chef Deon King of King Catering will teach you how to prepare a hot Caribbean dish, on zoom. Participants will be sent a box of ingredients as well as a recipe to follow along with.

Nyeah Eh: Candid Conversations Pt. 2

Thursday February 24th | 6pm

Join this chat session for youth (18-29), a safe space to talk about anything you feel like! From music and the arts, to dating in 2022, the platform is open for you to discuss whatever is on your chest this week! 

Hosted By: Marlon Palmer

Next Up: Artist Mixer

Monday February 28th | 6pm

Finding community and sharing space as creatives can be difficult as we still navigate the pandemic. Come meet and network with other artists at our mixer, held in collaboration with SKETCH Working Arts. 

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