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Black History Month: 2021
February 1 - February 28

Black History Month: February 1 – 28, 2021


This February, the ACWR is proud to celebrate Black History Month and remembers the important contributions and achievements of African Americans and Canadians throughout their nation’s history. Black History Month, which began in 1926 with Harvard-educated African American historian Carter G. Woodson, sets aside time to honour and commemorate the accomplishments of African-Americans and those of the African Diaspora. Thereafter, celebrations of Black History began in Canada. Black History Month also serves to celebrate how the people of African descent have been a part of shaping Canada’s heritage and identity. It also highlights the fight for civil rights, the goals of achieving equality, and by extension, welcome the diversity of Canadian culture.

Outlined below are online links to opportunities and grant applications for People of Colour:

Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour

This program supports Ontario-based Indigenous arts professionals and arts professionals of colour, or ad hoc groups/collectives made up of Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of colour for professional development and skill-building opportunities that advance applicants’ work and careers. Projects can include: study and training, mentorship, internship and apprenticeship and documentation of artwork. 

(Application deadline May 5, 2021, 1 p.m. ET)

Dance Training Projects: Equity and Access 

The program supports dance training derived from traditional, classical and/or contemporary African, Caribbean, Asian, Arabic, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Indigenous dance forms, and Deaf and disability dance practices. There are two categories:

  1. Dance companies: contribution to the artistic fees for their dancer training program(s)

2. Individual dance artists who are Deaf and/or have a disability: contribution to the artistic fees for their dance training

**Dance schools are no longer eligible applicants.

(Application deadline is October 5, 2021, 1 p.m. ET)

 Curatorial Projects: Indigenous and Culturally Diverse

The program funds the work of Ontario-based Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour. It aims to increase the ability of Ontario public galleries, artist-run centres and other organizations to present projects by Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour in contexts determined by the participants. The program supports relationship building between curators, galleries, and audiences. There are two categories:

  • Curatorial projects by Indigenous curators
  • Curatorial projects by curators who are people of colour

(Application deadline is October 7, 2021, 1 p.m. ET)


Black History Organizations and Education Resources 

There are many organizations and educational resources devoted to the promotion and awareness of Black Canadian history. This website is brought to you by the Government of Canada. Click the title (link embedded)  to find organizations and educational resources in your province.


UNISON Benevolent Fund

Collection of resources for Black Canadians from the UNISON Benevolent Fund promotes the accessibility of mental health resources, organizations, and community programs. Resources provide programs nation wide and in the general Toronto area. This list is continuously updated as new resources are discovered.


Experiences Canada

Experiences Canada provides a list of resources for Black Canadians that fights racism through educational organizations, BIPOC driven helplines, and institutions advocating anti-racist agendas that helps guide communities to explore the diversity of language, culture, and lived experiences within our country.


February 1 - February 28

ON Canada