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Making Change in partnership with the MacLaren Art Centre, Shak’s World Community Centre and Bradford West Gwillimbury Library Hosts Canvas for Change: Black Youth Art Celebration

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Making Change in partnership with the MacLaren Art Centre, Shak’s World Community Centre and Bradford West Gwillimbury Library Hosts Canvas for Change: Black Youth Art Celebration

[Barrie, ON] – Making Change is excited to announce a special art program for youth across Simcoe County, in recognition of Black History Month in partnership with the MacLaren Art Centre, Shak’s World Community Centre, and Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library. Black youth ages 13 to 18 are encouraged and invited to participate in Canvas for Change, a series of workshops intended to create a unique work of art.

Canvas for Change will be under the guidance of Toronto-based artist mentor Ashante Blackwood, who will guide youth over three workshops in December and January on the process of conceptualizing, communicating, and visually representing ideas that are unique to their own stories and perspectives. It 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.

This program is geared for high school students from around Simcoe County who recognize themselves as Black, Caribbean, African, Black Canadian, African American or of mixed-race descent. Students are encouraged to apply with a statement of interest and the submission of their own recently completed original artwork. In early December, up to 20 applicants will be selected to participate in this program. The deadline for submission is Monday, November 27 by 4:00 pm.

For more information on applying, click here.
The final artwork will be part of a traveling group exhibition in February 2024, on display at the MacLaren Art Centre and Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library.
An opening reception will take place at the MacLaren Art Centre. Stay tuned for more details!

About Making Change:
Making Change’s mission is to educate communities by facilitating self-awareness through impactful programs. Their purpose is to spark conversations about equity, diversity, inclusion, and equality to invoke change. The goal of Making Change is to create a world where we celebrate our diversity while embracing the essence of what makes us human.

About the MacLaren Art Centre
The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe, and the surrounding area. The Gallery presents a year-round program of innovative exhibitions, education activities and special events.

We acknowledge the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg people, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. The local bands consist of the Chippewa Tri-Council, who are made up of Beausoleil First Nation, Georgina Island First Nation, and Rama First Nation. We also acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century. We are dedicated to honour Indigenous history and culture and recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit People.

As a registered charity, the MacLaren Art Centre relies on public and private support for its operations and programs. The MacLaren gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Members, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Partners, the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Gallery Location
37 Mulcaster Street Barrie, Ontario L4M 3M2

Public Hours:
Sunday–Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursdays: 10:00 am to 8:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Lazy Tulip Café Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hours are subject to change – please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Admission is FREE. Donations are welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

Laura LaChapelle
Program Director
Making Change
Phone: (705) 430-4822 l

Christina Mancuso
Education Officer
MacLaren Art Centre
Phone: (705) 720-1044 ext. 234

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