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Thursday, June 20, 2024
Art has traditionally served many purposes within the African-Canadian community. Artwork, in all its’ forms, has been both an expression of freedom and a call to social activism. The artist functions as both a liberator and an inspiration, both documenting the struggle and encouraging it. As stated in ‘Canada is in Us Now’, “… Black creative expression is designed to inspire and serve the people.” It is a means of expressing the special circumstances of the community and perhaps above all creating hope.

Within the African tradition literature, poetry and song all spring from the same oral culture. The subject of people in the arts has here been divided into the realms of music, visual arts and writing/publishing. However, the different art forms continue to be linked and many multi-talented artists express themselves in more than one discipline. There is also a special relationship between artist and audience.
Visual Arts
Performing Arts & Music Arts
Writing / Publishing
Selected Artist Profiles

The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.


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