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‘Look Back’ – ‘Move Forward’

Digital Archive Initiative

The CELAFI’25 journey is first:  ‘ Look Back’ remember, honour, and raise the curtain of invisibility that cloaks the phenomenal undertakings  that were CELAFI`92 and CELAFI`97 International Conference Festival.  Then ‘Move Forward’ documenting, facilitating, and becoming a cohesive third pillar of cultural strength as our community continues to evolve, staking, and claiming Canada`s  Black artists  rightfully earned seat at the table of Canada`s national arts mosaic.   

Ambitious?  Yes!  But so too was CAN:BAIA`s audacious premise for CELAFI`92 & ’97 which was; `unite and showcase the wealth of Canada's National Black community of artist practitioners and their creations’.  Somehow, in the last 25 years, these objectives have become derailed.  Today the cart is righting itself and in this new technological media age, the CELAFI’25 Digital Archive will be the ‘ Move Forward’ tool in this initiative:  a dynamic, national multi-disciplinary repository; a permanent, ever-evolving resource; community building block and educational tool; accessible to all; collecting, evidencing and acknowledging the many achievements ‘then & now’ of our many artists’ and arts iniatives.

More information on the C25 Initiative:

Celafi92 program-cover_Page_001_edited
Ayanna Now cover pic_edited
icons cover_edited
Celafi92 program-art headlines 4_edited_edited
Barbara Hall invite RNFront - 1
7. Literature Bookmark
CELAFI sticker
2. Artists Lane - ROM
doyle 1_edited
4. Celafi 1997 Film and Video - cover
gallery 44- Traces - photography_edited
Music-Live events Harbourfront_edited
5. Ekabo -Yuroba family day
Austin Clarke tribute invite_edited_edited
GlobeAndMail 1997_edited
3. Africanadian Playwrites conference_cover
Black essentials _ Ita
2. from the street_-cover
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