Black History Month

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In recognition of Black History month the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) is inviting Newmarket youth Grades 1 to 12 who self-identify as the people of African descent to submit artwork in any medium responding to the theme Still I Rise: Celebrating stories of strength, courage, and innovation.

 The call for submissions now closes on January 18th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EST  This is an opportunity for Newmarket youth to share and express their own individual stories for the community to see. Students can interpret the theme in any way they see fit, however, they must provide a brief description of the artwork and how it relates to the theme. Ten (10) artworks will be chosen from a panel of jurors consisting of members from NACCA, the Town of Newmarket, and a local guest artist. The selected artworks will be on display at the Old Town Hall from February 1st to 23rd, 2019 in the Community Gallery.

Youth Art Award:  Prizes will be awarded to three (3) chosen students.


In Honour of February 2019 Black History Month


Newmarket Old Town Hall is partnering with the local emerging community group, Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) to celebrate Black History Month during February 2019. 

"We are a group of like-minded individuals who are committed to sharing and celebrating our stories, the stories that form the foundation of our collective history."   - NACCA

Working closely in partnership with the Town of Newmarket to create a welcoming and supportive environment, NACCA is actively building a strong and integrated community where black youths are connected to their past while firmly stepping into their future. Click here for their story by NewmarketToday.


This year's theme: Still I Rise: Celebrating stories of strength, courage, and innovation

Jerisha Grant-Hall, Chairperson of NACCA explains:

 " Still I Rise is a proclamation that, despite the odds, African Canadians continue to contribute vibrantly to Canadian culture, heritage and identity.  From the condition of eighteenth century enslavement, displacement and dispossession to the attempted economic, social and psychological disembodiment of African peoples, Blacks in the New World continue to rise.  We have developed strategies of resistance and survival ranging from negro spiritual songs to becoming conduits for freedom and change.  "Still I Rise" invokes the African as the subject of her destiny and dismantles nineteenth century racist ideology that the African does not possess the mental faculties to make decisions about her own affairs.  It is an invocation against the impact of entrenched racism and racialization on the lives of African peoples. 

 Today, we celebrate our stories —the small narratives that tell the truth about who we are, even as we stand on the shoulders of those who have paved the way for us.  It is by enormous strength and courage that we have emerged in the twenty-first century as entrepreneurs, innovators and change makers even while facing the harsh realities of post-colonialism, post-imperialism and paternalism. By celebrating our stories, we signal and root our presence in the space we occupy.  We rise with strength, courage and determination to create something new of ourselves in the world we were so forcibly and unapologetically led to occupy."  


How to Enter

Submission Deadline Extended:  January 18th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EST

Cost:  No fee for entry

Eligibility:  All Newmarket elementary and secondary school students are eligible to apply.Each student can submit one (1) piece of artwork in any medium for consideration. We are open to any forms of art (e.g. photography, painting, sculpture, multimedia, video, etc.)  

Submission Details:  Submission to be made via email to submissions@newmarket.ca with subject headline "Still I Rise Submission" or in person on a USB to the kiosk of the Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street, Newmarket, ON L3Y 1T1) during the hours of operation, Tuesday to Friday, from Noon to 6 p.m.

A JPG image of the proposed artwork AND a document (in WORD or PDF format) that includes the following information:

  • Artist name
  • Title of artwork
  • Year of creation
  • Medium
  • Dimensions (length, width, height)
  • Brief explanation about the artwork and how it relates to the theme
  • Full contact information (full name, phone number or email) * For students under the age of 18 years, parental guardian contact information is required to enter. 
  • Name of school currently attending

You will be contacted by a member of the Old Town Hall if your artwork has been selected for the Group Exhibition with further information about logistics and installation.  

Any further inquiries: Contact Logan Bales, Gallery Coordinator, Curator at lbales@newmarket.ca


Art Exhibition

Still I Rise:  Celebrating Stories of Strength, Courage and Innovation

Newmarket Old Town Hall, Serpa Galleries (460 Botsford Street)
February 1 to 23, 2019 | FREE Admission
For Gallery Hours, visit: Newmarket.ca/OldTownHall

Newmarket Old Town Hall is collaborating with the local emerging community group, Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) to celebrate Black History Month during February 2019 focusing on stories of strength, courage and innovation. 

The themes of racism, identity, activism, celebration of choice and action from the perspectives of contemporary African people, featuring the works of Toronto based artists Gordon Shadrach and Syrus Marcus Ware, complemented by artworks of youth in our community. The array of narratives and personal stories are boldly expressed in portraits and other forms.

 

Black History Event

Still I Rise: Celebrating Stories of Strength, Courage and Innovation

Newmarket Old Town Hall, Snapd Auditorium (460 Botsford Street)
February 9, 2019 | 10 am to 4 p.m. | FREE Admission

Celebrating the rich and diverse heritage of African Canadians against the backdrop of historical narratives that help to shape our multiple experiences. Engage with speakers sharing personal stories of resilience, resistance and making new. Suitable for all ages!  Refreshments provided.

10 a.m.                            Doors Open

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.         Main Event - Limited seating capacity*         

1 – 4 p.m.                        Gallery Open House | Refreshments

*Please RSVP by email sganji@newmarket.ca (BHM RSVP in subject line) or call 905-953-5300 ext 2844 

Main Event Features: Portrait design for children & youth | Interactive Drumming | Steel Band | Spoken Word | Performing Arts | Community Speakers


Why Still I Rise?

 Jerisha Grant-Hall, Chairperson of NACCA, explains: 

" Still I Rise is a proclamation that, despite the odds, African Canadians continue to contribute vibrantly to Canadian culture, heritage and identity.  From the condition of eighteenth century enslavement, displacement and dispossession to the attempted economic, social and psychological disembodiment of African peoples, Blacks in the New World continue to rise.  We have developed strategies of resistance and survival ranging from negro spiritual songs to becoming conduits for freedom and change.  "Still I Rise" invokes the African as the subject of her destiny and dismantles nineteenth century racist ideology that the African does not possess the mental faculties to make decisions about her own affairs.  It is an invocation against the impact of entrenched racism and racialization on the lives of African peoples. 

 Today, we celebrate our stories —the small narratives that tell the truth about who we are, even as we stand on the shoulders of those who have paved the way for us.  It is by enormous strength and courage that we have emerged in the twenty-first century as entrepreneurs, innovators and change makers even while facing the harsh realities of post-colonialism, post-imperialism and paternalism. By celebrating our stories, we signal and root our presence in the space we occupy.  We rise with strength, courage and determination to create something new of ourselves in the world we were so forcibly and unapologetically led to occupy." 

 

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About Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA)


NACCA is an emerging association formed by like-minded individuals in the Newmarket area who are committed to providing strong leadership to share and celebrate stories of people from African and Caribbean heritage.

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Related Programming

Black History Spotlight:  African-inspired Neckwear Crafts for Children

Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South)
February 9, 2019 |1 to 3 p.m. | Cost: $3 per Child | Suitable for ages 4 to 10

Children can celebrate Black History Month by making African-inspired neckwear crafts using traditional prints, and learning about Black history in Newmarket. See the reproduction crate like the one Henry Box Brown hid in to escape from slavery to freedom.

Author Visit: Dwayne Morgan

Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Avenue)
February 23, 2019 |2 to 4 p.m. | Free Admission | Suitable for all ages

 A poetry and story reading for the whole family with award-winning poet, author, and storyteller Dwayne Morgan. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2M4LSDv