Focus Groups: Anti-black Racism in the Arts

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (2-4pm)
Thursday, January 23, 2020 

Regent Park Community Centre
402 Shuter St, Toronto, ON M5A 1X6

CPAMO is convening these focus groups in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit (CABR) and the Nia Centre for the Arts.  The purpose of these focus groups is to explore the situation of Black artists and arts organizations in the City of Toronto.  This exploration will open up discussion on:

1. The scope and contributions of Black arts activities in Toronto
2. The challenges, obstacles, barriers Black artists/arts organizations face in Toronto
3. The current capacities and needs of Black artists/arts organizations
4. Strategies and actions needed to address anti-Black racism in the arts and to build a healthy Black arts communities in Toronto

As we’re aware, there are several challenges to Black arts practices in Toronto some of which may relate to funding inequities, lack of appreciation for Black arts practices and their inherent diversity, the homogenization of such artists/arts organizations within the ‘racialized’ groups category, and the ongoing societal challenges of Black presence in North American urban centres.

To address these and other related issues, CPAMO, CABR and the Nia Centre are working in partnership to prepare a discussion paper that will form the basis for the 2020 Toronto Mayor’s Roundtable on Anti-Black Racism which we aim to convene in early May 2020. Your participation in this focus group will be critical to shaping the issues addressed in this discussion paper and will presented along with preliminary research on Black artists/arts organizations in the U.S. and U.K. The discussion paper will also include recommendations on ways to move forward to address these issues.

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CPAMO is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and English Testing Canada.