CELEBRATING LEGACY

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

MISSION STATEMENT

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.

 

VISION STATEMENT

Preserving History, Building Legacy & Igniting Creativity

THEMES

art heals, art connects, art educates, art provokes, art matters

BRIEF HISTORY

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

1. INDEX by ARTIFACTS

Features archival materials available for preview 

2. INDEX  by  VENUES

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

CELAFI1992 Program
Ayanna Black
ICONS...
Conference & Workshops
Barbara Hall invite RN Launch
7. Literature Bookmark
CELAFI sticker
2. Artists Lane - ROM
2. TRANSFORMING THE IMAGE- cover
William Marshall Doyle
Celafi 1997 Film and Video - cover
Suite Life
Traces Of Identity...
Literature - Reading Series
Music-Live events Harbourfront_edited
Design Africa
Ekabo -Yuroba Family Day
Austin Clarke Tribute
GlobeAndMail 1997
Africanadian Playwrights Conference
Black Essentials
Stay Black And Die
Word Up
celafi 92 - filmand video programm_edited
George Elliott Clarke - Thank you
Revue Noire
AGO
Soul Survivor
Celafi 1997 Visual Arts Exhibits
From The Street...
VOICES
Word Up 2
Chatham
Rude
Dandelions
Revue Noire Cover Open Call
Literature
YYZ
Everyone's Child
Share Magazine
bump n hustle
img016
2. Revue Noire book_Page_083_edited
The Story Book Hut
WORD MAG
call for designer
CAN:BAIA Logo

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