What is this?
The Black Mosaic is a free community-based, peer-support project, stemming from the Creativity Everything lab, for Black, African and Caribbean people to come together and share creative works. It began in fall 2020, and is continuing in 2021. This project is open to people of any age. The Black Mosaic is based in Toronto, but folks from all over are encouraged to join!
Through virtual sessions, we talk about and exchange feedback on projects or ideas we are currently working on or hoping to get started — without the pressure to showcase “finished” work. If you’re not currently working on something, you are always still welcome to come through and share art by other Black artists that moves or inspires you.
More info appears in this 2020 news article about the Black Mosaic.
How does it work?
Group Support: Through themed Zoom meetings, individuals have the opportunity to talk about and share works-in-progress, aspirations, and frustrations, in a group setting. All artistic and creative practices are accepted. This is a great way to connect with other Black creatives in and around Toronto and beyond!
End Of Season Exhibition: An event open to friends, family, and the public. Participants will exhibit and speak on their art, share their thoughts, journey, etc. This event will take place on Sunday August 29th at 3pm. Keep an eye out for registration details closer to the event date!
How do I join?
Register here to be included in the mailing list for upcoming sessions. The Black Mosaic has completed its fall 2020 season, and its spring 2021 season. It continues with monthly sessions.
Below you will find the list of upcoming sessions and themes. Looking forward to another wonderful season of The Black Mosaic!
Date: Sun May 30th, 3pm
Theme: Getting Started
How do you get started on a project? Are there any rituals you perform to warm up or get in the zone?
Date: June 20th, 3pm
How does perfectionism show up in your life or art practice? How have you broken free from the bonds of perfectionism?
Date: July 18th, 3pm
Share your thoughts and joyfulness about an art piece you want to celebrate. Give yourself or someone else some props!
Date: Aug 15th, 3pm
Theme: Lessons Learned
What lessons have you learned through your art practice?
Date: Aug 29th, 3pm
End of Season Exhibition
An event open to friends, family, and the public. Time for participants to exhibit and speak on their art, share their thoughts, and their journey.
Who leads this?
Mir Asoh, a Black (Cameroonian-Malagasy) multidisciplinary artist who specializes in poetry, collage art and zine making — with the support of the Creativity Everything lab at Ryerson University, led by David Gauntlett.
For further info on the first few weeks of the project, see this news story from the FCAD website.
Art has always been part of the Black liberation struggle. I am always happy to see these types of community art projects.
Thank you so much Carol, I really appreciate your support <3 Sending so much care, warmth, support and positive energy your way.