WELCOME TO CELAFI'25 ARCHIVE
There was a lot to celebrate in 2017:
Canada is turned 150 and the CELAFI 1992 and 1997
Celebrating African Identity, Conference/Festival 25th Anniversary.
CELAFI'25 Look Back – Move Forward celebration commemorates and documents what was an explosive tour de force of creativity by our national community of Black Artists and their international contemporaries that filled a collective ten official days with music, dance, theatre, fashion, forums, visual art, literature, oral tradition, body adorning wearable art, film and video. The celafi25.com website is a comprehensive archive and publicly accessible resource that permanently imprints on Canada's public record the cultural and artistic body of work contributed by Black Canadians as they neared the 21st century and the platform they built upon which other artists could stand and thrive
CELAFI'25 Online Archive is a multi-faceted collection of contemporary artifacts created by Black Artists. It currently contains an index of over 1000 artists, 150 artifacts, publications, images, exhibition and performance catalogues, media coverage and artist profiles
from both CELAFI'92 and CELAFI'97
Art embodies the story of a people and their history.
CELAFI'25 archival mission: Preserve, validate, promote and make accessible, through digital footprint, the art of Canada's Black Artist past, present, and visioning the future.
Preserving History, Building Legacy & Igniting Creativity
art heals, art connects, art educates, art provokes, art matters
The initial archive was assembled from three private collections,
the archive is a work-in-progress that will continue to evolve
and celebrate the contributions of Black Canadian artists at that important juncture in our collective history.
February 1, 2017 during Black History Month,
the site kicked off 150 days’ countdown to
July 1, Canada Day - Soft Launch and website preview.
The content will expand and evolve as we continue to add to the collection over the course of the year-long celebration and beyond.
September 1, Labour Day - Website Launch.
February 1, 2018 - Black History Month (BHM) Event.
July 7, 2018 - Reunion Event at CELAFI's former HQ.
EXPLORING & NAVIGATING CELAFI’25 SITE
The site contains roughly 150 artifacts and list over 100 events
and over 1000 participants from CELAFI 1992 & 1997:
artwork, photos, film and video production data, exhibition catalogues, arts publications, curatorial statements, and programming essays, bios, articles, reviews and more
To help visitors explore celafi25 website contents at-a-glance
click C'25 logo located in the header to view sitemap
The following INDEX links provide a quick overview of the site contents
Features archival materials available for preview
A list of participating venues
3. INDEX by PARTICIPANTS & CONTRIBUTORS
A comprehensive list of artists, academics, programmers, curators, writers, performers that participated and contributed to CELAFI 1992, 1997 and the CELAFI'25 archive.
3 WAYS TO ENGAGE
1. Online - explore, share contribute
2. Onsite - Researchers, curators and students
visit by booking time with archivist for extended research
3. In-Education - For schools and community centres
book special presentations, lesson plans and workshops to enhance cultural and creative literacy.
3 WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE
1. Contribute to the collection
2. Volunteer time, ideal for art administration, art history and
cultural studies students
3. Donate to help build an accessible and inclusive platform