As part of Black History Month, the Toronto History Museums launched new online content for the Awakenings program, a series of art projects featuring musical and film discussions about the effects of racism on physical and mental health.
Awakenings was originally launched in December 2020 as a series of art projects by Black, Indigenous, and artists of color operating under the principles of anti-oppression, anti-racism, and anti-colonialism.
For Black History Month, explore new online content in the #Alarm Clocks program at the Toronto History Museums. Music, film, discussions on racism and physical and mental health and a new artist mentorship program. https://t.co/zFAGf7S7w2.#TellTheFullStory #Black History Month @KardinalO pic.twitter.com/xyJpBHZkP9
— Toronto History Museums (@TOHistory) February 4, 2021
“Awakenings is our way of building a more inclusive and equitable arts and culture sector, while giving artists the opportunity to showcase their talent,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a statement. statement Thursday. “I encourage residents to participate in Awakenings to learn more and better understand the history of our country and the role Black Canadians have played in it and continue to play today.
New content from the Awakenings arts program includes a musical series titled Kitchen Concerts at the Inn that celebrates and honors the life of Joshua Glover, a freedom seeker who escaped US slavery.
The full program can be viewed online here.
“I was compelled to contribute to Awakenings because the rich history of important black Canadians has not been consumed by most people in our country,” said Kardinal Offishall, a rapper, record producer and executive at Canadian records. “From when I was studying ‘Cultures of the Oppressed’ at York University until now, helping to respect, understand and socialize our stories has been a passion of mine.”
According to the announcement, additional Awakenings programming will also be available throughout the year.