NACCA is teaming up with the Newmarket Food Pantry to help our community during these challenging times. This is an opportunity for you to make a difference while you #stayhome to interrupt the spread of the corona virus. if you would love to support, we will gladly pick up the much needed items for the food pantry from you while practicing social distance. If you prefer, we also have a drop off location for your donations. Here is a list of items the pantry needs ASAP:
The Building Beyond Sculptural Workshop was a giant success as children engaged with Ekow Nimako to build build their legacy by using their creativity to tell their own stories. Check out the stories below!
Ekow Nimako - Building Beyond - A Sculptural Workshop: A Black History Month 2020 Event
The sculptural workshop is featured as one of Newmarket’s Black History Month activities. Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) in partnership with the Town of Newmarket, and sponsored by Wasim Jarrah Real Estate, is pleased to present two workshops by Ekow Nimako, a well known artist and sculptor, on January 11, 2020 at Old Town Hall.
This Toronto based artist has successfully carved out a niche for himself building sculptures out of black LEGO®. It began when he was four and later took root in the sculpture studios of York University, evolving over the years into a fascinating contemporary art practice unlike any other. Along with his uniquely fluid building style, keen attention to form, and content deeply rooted in other-worldly Black narratives, Nimako’s artwork beautifully transcends the iconic LEGO® bricks to reach new heights of materiality and substance.
Young people will explore the unique and exciting world of Afro-Futurism – a fantastical sci-fi cultural genre that features African and Afrodiasporic peoples at the centre of their own epic stories using an array of Lego® elements. Participants are also encouraged to illustrate the names of their “Legacies” or write their origin stories to accompany their artwork.
A bonus for the participants is that whatever they build, they keep.
Suitable for ages 7 to 14 years.
Visit naccacommunity.ca | newmarket.ca/blackhistory for more info on all activities for Black History Month.
The Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) is excited to launch York Region's first Black-Owned Marketplace in partnership with the Town of Newmarket on February 8, 2020 from 10:00am - 3:00pm on the main level of the Old Town Hall in Newmarket. The 'Ujamaa' Marketplace is a foundation to a social enterprise that is intended to unite the African Canadian community around the goal of economic development through cooperative economics.
The aim of 'Ujamaa' Marketplace is to support and mentor the next generation of African Canadian business leaders by giving youth and entrepreneurs of African descent the access to resources that they need to successfully build their own businesses.
Our Community Cleanup was a tremendous success. The youth came out at 8AM, bright-eyed, willing, and ready to shift mindset about climate change and global warming. The initiative was created and led by a 13 years old, Jaylah Hall, to "bring awareness to the ongoing environmental problems." She presented to the group of youth a riveting treatise on why this initiative is so important for all of us. "The reason for the earth warming up," she says, "is pollution which contributes to the emission of greenhouse gasses." If we do not pay attention to this crisis, Jaylah explains, youth might not be able to "step into the future."
A big thank you to all the youth and their parents for their commitment and dedication. They did an amazing job! Even the universe showed its support with bouts of cool-breeze-hugs which warded off the heat and held back the rain until after noon. Check out NACCA's Instagram page for more highlights and photos!
A few weeks ago, we sent out a community survey to gain insight and feedback in regards to the kind of programs and services that you would like to see in our community. The responses came quickly. Below is a summary of the report.
When asked, “What programs can we offer that would be beneficial to you and your family?”
When asked, “What services would you like to see offered in our community?”
When asked, “What changes would you like to see in our community?”
Over the next year, we will be looking at this information to inform how we deliver programs and services in the community. Thank you for taking the time to let your voice be heard. Stay tuned for what's next!
If you are a resident of African or Caribbean descent in Newmarket or surrounding area, please take 2-3 minutes of your time to help NACCA better understand what programs and services we can create to benefit your family. Click the link below to complete a brief survey, we appreciate all feedback! Thank you for your participation.
The survey will close on Monday June 14th at 6pm. Open to individuals, 12 years or older.
Our inaugural Gala was a success. Congratulations to the three extraordinary students who shine in their studies and lead and volunteer in their community. NACCA could not be more proud of students like Halle, Crystal and Yussef who work hard, aspire to make a difference and trail-blaze a path for others to follow. On May 11th, we ignited the future.
Our executive team and our Gala Committee are busy working away at creating a spectacular event to celebrate, share and to create opportunities by supporting our scholarship fund. It will be a night of music, community and wonderful food!
We hope you can join us there!
More details are found here.
We are also looking for event volunteers - you can contact us with interest to help out by clicking here.
Still I Rise: Celebrating Stories of Strength, Courage and Innovation.
We had an engaging and educational session with Dwayne Morgan on February 23rd at the Newmarket Public Library. Morgan is a multi-award winning Spoken Word Artist who has performed in over 18 countries and is an inductee in the Scarborough, Ontario Walk of Fame. He spoke on themes of racism, social injustice and the lifelong tasks of redignifying oneself and practicing radical self love.