[Barrie & Bradford, ON] – In recognition of Black History Month, Making Change is excited to announce the group exhibition Canvas for Change: Black Youth Art Showcase
highlighting the art created by eleven youths who have been selected to participate in the art program Canvas for Change. This program was geared to high school students from across Simcoe County who have a Black-lived experience.
Under the guidance of Toronto-based artist mentor Ashante Blackwood, three youth workshops were hosted in January on conceptualizing, communicating, and visually
representing ideas unique to their own stories and perspectives. “My art is a reflection of my daily struggles and successes of being a Black woman in today’s society,” explains Ashante.
This group exhibition is an opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of aspiring young artists, to spark conversation, and to draw attention to the rich visual arts culture and talent
among young people in Simcoe County.
An opening gala event will be held Thursday, February 1, at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library from 6 – 8 pm and will include a performance from Freez’ Careeb, a high-energy Caribbean dance band. Exhibit opening speeches, featuring Councillor Cheraldean Duhaney will be at 6:30 pm; light refreshments and beverages included.
The exhibiting artists are Joanna Ajima; Saleisha Danquah; Simaya Duncan; Kezra Hill; Yazmine Kamara; Markus McKie; Celena Mulcare; David Moseri; Queensleasor
Nabuin; Willow Peart and Nevaeh Thomas.
Making Change has partnered with the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library, MacLaren Art Centre, and Shak’s World Community Centre to host the Canvas for
Change program & workshops fostering the creation of unique artworks as part of a travelling group exhibition at these locations:
February 1 – 11: Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library
February 15 – 29: Rotary Education Centre, MacLaren Art Centre
Both exhibits are open to the public
For more information, visit www.maclarenart.com and www.MakingChangeSC.com