Our Space

Nia Centre for the Arts is Canada’s first professional multi-disciplinary centre for African-Canadian art.

Our renovated and fully accessible Black Arts Centre at 524 Oakwood Avenue will consist of a 170-seat multi-purpose performance space, a digital arts incubator studio, artists’ studios, event spaces and co-working spaces.

The

Space_

Nia Centre for the Arts will be a space for Black community to gather. We will be a space to:

Create

Our artists’ studios, recording booths and digital arts incubator studios will enable creative development and production of multi-disciplinary art.

Learn

Various technical offices and digital arts labs will provide professional development programming to help build artistic capacity through mentorship and courses.

Showcase

Our 170-seat multi-purpose performance space, event spaces and galleries will enable performances and art exhibitions in artistic areas of music, dance, photography, digital media, visual art, film and theatre.

Collaborate

Communal and co-working space for use by artists and arts organizations will create a dynamic environment conducive to collaboration and exchange.

The

Building_

Our 14,000 square foot building will be fully AODA accessible by Ontario standards. 

Ground Floor
Ground Floor

Lower Level
Lower Level

Upper Level
Upper Level


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Nia Centre strives to provide equal treatment to and equitable benefits of its services, programs and facilities in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities through:

  • Barrier-free entrance to the building via the Oakwood Ave entrance
  • Elevators (to all floors)
  • All washrooms and drinking fountains are accessible
  • Signage throughout the building in braille
  • Hearing assist devices are available upon request
  • Accessible Customer Service
  • Accessibility policies

Building

History_

524 Oakwood Avenue is a City-owned building constructed in the early 1920s that was used as a banquet hall, bowling alley and restaurant before serving as a medical centre operated by Toronto Public Health from 1994 until 2013 until they relocated.

The City continues to be a strong partner and fruitful conversations about Nia Centre’s long-term occupancy are ongoing.

Our

Neighbourhood_

The building is in the heart of the Oakwood-Vaughan Village (more colloquially Little Jamaica), a historically Caribbean neighbourhood since the 1920’s with a rich artistic history and growth potential. Our strong connections to the African-Canadian artistic community and its supporters will enable the Centre to attract audiences from across the Toronto region to the revitalized Little Jamaica.

Nia Centre will be an arts centre and community hub that will anchor the redevelopment of the Oakwood/Vaughan neighbourhood.

After 10 years of working to build the creative capacity of our community, we’re taking on our most ambitious project yet: transforming our 14,000 sq. ft. facility into Canada’s first multi-disciplinary professional arts space dedicated to showcasing art from the African diaspora. We need your help to bring this project to life.

Land

Acknowledgement_

Nia Centre acknowledges Toronto as a sacred gathering place for many Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. We recognize that the long history of First Nations and Métis Peoples in Ontario was displaced and we show our respects today to the Mississaugas of New Credit.

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