Created in collaboration with the Black Inmates and Friends Association, Toronto Black Farmers and Growers Collective, and Keep6ix, Black Lives Matter – Canada has established a re-entry support program at Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism. Launching on March 28, 2022, Earthseed Community Garden Program builds on established programming led by Toronto Black Farmers and Keep6ix.
An abolitionist experiment, the program is grounded in commitments to Black food justice, equitable employment, community support, political education, and self-expression through art. We support formerly incarcerated people, through community engagement and earth-based programming.
BLACK ARTS FELLOWSHIP
The Wildseed Black Arts Fellowship is a bold and expansive 20-month Fellowship designed to create career changing training and exploration/creation space for Black visual, movement, and performance artists from Tkaronto. The 13 Fellows, emerging and mid-career artists, are brought together to develop their skills and for deep and meaningful experiences with other Black artists and artivists. This Fellowship is facilitated and designed 25 guest facilitators, artist leaders, and artist thought leaders from across Turtle Island.
The Wildseed Black Arts Fellowship is a space for interdisciplinary collaboration and play, and we encourage applications from artists who straddle different modalities. The Fellowship is designed to create time and space for artists to work in residency with incredible guest artists and leaders in the arts from across Turtle Island. The residency periods are interspersed with monthly workshops and support sessions exploring issues such as climate change, Black and Indigenous solidarity, public art and site specific installation practices and new ways of working. The Fellowship as a container provides an intergenerational support network for over 60 Black artists to work and learn from each other in a reciprocal learning environment.
Applications for Wildseed Black Arts Fellowship are now closed. For more information on the Fellowship, please contact the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CANADA FREEDOM INTENSIVE
Black Lives Matter — Canada’s Freedom Intensive is an intensive for organizers from across Turtle Island; a curated space in which for emerging organizers to sharpen their tool belts and hone in their tactical skills. This intensive serves both as political and tactical education to ensure greater collaboration and alignment amongst Black liberation organizers. This intensive equips local organizers with the necessary tools to dismantle systems of anti-blackness within their local context.