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Black Opportunity Fund Inc.
  • National Black Communities Arts & Culture : 

  • Round Table Talk

  • September 23, 2021
events details

National Black Communities Arts & Culture : 
Round Table Talk


An opportunity to become more informed about the different challenges & opportunities Black artists and cultural workers across Canada face.

The Black Opportunity fund is excited to host the Black perspectives on the Arts and Culture sectors across Canada.

This roundtable talk will provide an opportunity to become more informed about the different challenges and opportunities Black artists and cultural workers across Canada are facing.

Panelists will outline some of the sector’s needs while also sharing how Black professionals are leading changes in diversity, equity, access, and inclusion needs.

Host: Craig Wellington, Executive Director of Black Opportunity Fund

Moderator: Karen Carter, Co-Founder Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue

 

BOF LEADERSHIP TEAM - BIOS

Gaëtane Verna

Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

 

Stephanie Allen

Associate Vice President of Strategic Business Operations & Performance of BD Housing and a founding board member of Hogan’s Alley Society

Dominique Fontaine

Curator & Founder of aPOSTeRIORi

Delvina Bernard

Founding member Arts Network of Nova Scotia; Chair Black Music Committee ECMA; EDIA Advisor Mount Saint Vincent University

Belinda Uwase

Curator and Leader of YEGTheComeUP’s Arts & CultureTask force

Black Opportunity Fund Inc.
agenda
Topic Agenda Time
Welcome

by Craig Wellington

  • Land acknowledgement
  • Introduction of BOF
  • Sponsors acknowledgement
  • Introduction of Karen
7:00 pm - 7:05 pm
Panel Introduction

by Karen Carter

Each panellist will have two (2) minutes to:

  • Introduce themselves
  • Introduce their work
7:05 pm - 7:15 pm
Panel Discussion

Each panellist will be asked to comment on:

  • The state of the professional landscape for Black Arts and Cultural works in their regions
  • What is currently happening
  • Some recent historic contact
  • How we are doing in the institutions and organizations
  • How we are doing in communities
  • Some of the most important needs
7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Cultural Commentators Discussion

They will be invited to comment on some of the specific observations from their work as curators or artists

  • Dr. Julie Crooks from Toronto
  • David Wood from Halifax
  • Eunice Been from Montreal
  • TBD from Vancouver
  • TBD from Edmonton
8:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Q&A

Questions that come in via chat will be taken

8:15 pm - 8:30 pm

The Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) in partnership with the BAND Gallery and Cultural Centre, and Colliers, is excited to host a Roundtable exploring the Black perspective on Canada’s Arts and Culture sectors.

While artists from Black and other equity seeking groups are enjoying greater representation, Black and racialized people are not the ones who predominantly sell and buy their work, or control the power dynamic in the arts & culture eco-system.

This dynamic discussion will provide an opportunity to understand the Black arts & culture eco-system and explore the challenges and opportunities Black artists, administrators and cultural workers across Canada are facing.

Panelists will outline some of the sector’s needs while also sharing how Black professionals are leading changes in diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.