Toronto launches new program at History Museums to explore untold BIPOC stories
The City of Toronto just launched a brand new virtual series of art projects by Black, Indigenous, and artists of colour. It’s called Awakenings and it’ll be hosted by Toronto History Museums across the city. The goal is to explore untold stories of marginalized groups and confront the lack of representation in the stories of Toronto’s history.
Of course, this is part of the city’s $1.2 million commitment made in July to address anti-Black racism. With the Awakenings program, over 80% of creative people involved come from Black, Indigenous, and people of colour communities.
To kick things off, Awakenings will be launching with three online art projects: A Revolution of Love, Behind the Curtain, and We Were Always Here. A Revolution of Love is a digital short film following a long Black woman confronting her ancestors’ history as well as present-day violence. It was filmed at the Fort York National Historic Site.
Behind the Curtain is a conversation between Shad, Byron Kent Wong, and Roger Mooking. They reflect on the effects of racism on mental health, as well as food, art, and music. The conversation was filmed at Montgomery’s Inn and will be released in two parts.
We Were Always Here is a mentorship of 10 Toronto-based emerging Black, Indigenous, and POC filmmakers by world-renowned director Julien Christian Lutz. There will be multiple short films focusing on each of the 10 Toronto History Museums.
You can also head online to check out behind the scenes discussions of all the ongoing projects.
To learn more and to experience the art projects, you can head online here.