Gathering: The Art of Black Culture and Heritage

Gathering: The Art of Black Culture and Heritage is an evolving, collaborative exhibition in South Etobicoke that celebrates diverse Black cultures and generates community connections. The project invites the community to co-create a space that spotlights and affirms elements of Black cultures, including food, hair, and objects of personal significance, and brings together the Black community to connect socially and culturally through a participatory exhibition, workshops, and free events. 

How to Participate

1. Donate Materials to our Exhibition

As we prepare our Community Project Space for the exhibition, there are some materials that we need for our project. If you or someone you know have the following items:

  • Salon chair
  • Salon tools
  • Fabrics (solid colours or prints from black/african/caribbean cultures)
  • Open cabinet or storage rack
  • Picture frames

If you or someone you know has the following items, contact our Programs Manager, Nadijah to coordinate drop-offs at programs@lakeshorearts.ca.

2. Community Submissions

Black community members are invited to contribute to any or all of the exhibition’s thematic areas: hair, food and objects of significance. More information is in the submission form below! Submission items can be physical or digital.

Initial drop off for inclusion in the exhibition runs from January 26 to February 9 but you’re welcome to come add a piece at any point throughout the project’s life span until the end of April!

3. Become a Volunteer

Visit here to apply to be a volunteer for our exhibition and or our upcoming events (ie. opening reception, workshops and closing event).

Upcoming Events and Exhibition Hours

General Exhibition Hours – Thursday, February 16 to Thursday, April 27

Tuesday-Wednesday: 10AM to 5PM

Thursday-Friday: 12PM to 7PM

Saturday: 11AM to 5PM

Opening Reception – Friday, February 17

Community members are invited to the opening reception for food, drink, and a welcome speech by Councillor of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Amber Morley.

Reception will be running 6PM to 8PM.

Hair Workshop – Wednesday, March 22

Community members are invited to participate in a hair workshop exploring the skills and techniques to achieve different styles of black hairstyles. This workshop will be free.

Workshop will be running 6PM to 8PM.

Self-Portrait Workshop – March (DATE – TBD)

Community members are invited to explore their self-image, in a self-portrait workshop using collage and painting techniques to explore ideas they have and hold about themselves. Participants will be provided with a take-home dinner of culturally-relevant foods. 

Closing Reception – Sunday, March 16

Join us on April 16th for our end of exhibition community dinner, where we will enjoy and share catered cultural dishes together. Attendees are welcome to share their knowledge and memories of different dishes, foods, and herbs. Attendees will be invited to take home a seedling, plant or package of spices from the exhibition.