Still I Rise: Celebrating Stories of Strength, Courage and Innovation.
Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association’s inaugural Black history celebration event was on February 9, 2019 at Old Town Hall in Newmarket.
It was an entire day of education, celebration and intercultural exchange. We came together and celebrated Black history, Black excellence and Black future; we redignified the past and redefined the future through art, stories, music, poetry and dance. Our youth came forward and delivered powerful narrative performances and our speakers challenged leaders to make a change to remove barriers and create opportunities. Still I Rise lifted us up and left us with a clear message that our liberation is tied up in our collective ability to effect change.
Presented by NACCA, in partnership with the Town of Newmarket and funded, in part, by the Government of Canada.
Call for Submissions
In recognition of Black History month the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) is inviting Newmarket youth Grades 1 to 12 who self-identify as the people of African descent to submit artwork in any medium responding to the theme Still I Rise: Celebrating stories of strength, courage, and innovation.
The call for submissions deadline extended to January 18th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EST. This is an opportunity for Newmarket youth to share and express their own individual stories for the community to see. Students can interpret the theme in any way they see fit, however, they must provide a brief description of the artwork and how it relates to the theme. Ten (10) artworks will be chosen from a panel of jurors consisting of members from NACCA, the Town of Newmarket, and a local guest artist. The selected artworks will be on display at the Old Town Hall from February 1st to 23rd, 2019 in the Community Gallery.
Youth Art Award: Prizes will be awarded to three (3) chosen students.
In Honour of February 2019 Black History Month
Newmarket Old Town Hall is partnering with the local emerging community group, Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) to celebrate Black History Month during February 2019.
"We are a group of like-minded individuals who are committed to sharing and celebrating our stories, the stories that form the foundation of our collective history." - NACCA
Working closely in partnership with the Town of Newmarket to create a welcoming and supportive environment, NACCA is actively building a strong and integrated community where black youths are connected to their past while firmly stepping into their future. Click here for their story by NewmarketToday.
This year's theme: Still I Rise: Celebrating stories of strength, courage, and innovation
Jerisha Grant-Hall, Chairperson of NACCA explains:
" Still I Rise is a proclamation that, despite the odds, African Canadians continue to contribute vibrantly to Canadian culture, heritage and identity. From the condition of eighteenth century enslavement, displacement and dispossession to the attempted economic, social and psychological disembodiment of African peoples, Blacks in the New World continue to rise. We have developed strategies of resistance and survival ranging from negro spiritual songs to becoming conduits for freedom and change. "Still I Rise" invokes the African as the subject of her destiny and dismantles nineteenth century racist ideology that the African does not possess the mental faculties to make decisions about her own affairs. It is an invocation against the impact of entrenched racism and racialization on the lives of African peoples.
Today, we celebrate our stories —the small narratives that tell the truth about who we are, even as we stand on the shoulders of those who have paved the way for us. It is by enormous strength and courage that we have emerged in the twenty-first century as entrepreneurs, innovators and change makers even while facing the harsh realities of post-colonialism, post-imperialism and paternalism. By celebrating our stories, we signal and root our presence in the space we occupy. We rise with strength, courage and determination to create something new of ourselves in the world we were so forcibly and unapologetically led to occupy."
How to Enter
Submission Deadline: January 18th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
Cost: No fee for entry
Eligibility: All Newmarket elementary and secondary school students are eligible to apply.Each student can submit one (1) piece of artwork in any medium for consideration. We are open to any forms of art (e.g. photography, painting, sculpture, multimedia, video, etc.)
Submission Details: Submission to be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject headline "Still I Rise Submission" or in person on a USB to the kiosk of the Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street, Newmarket, ON L3Y 1T1) during the hours of operation, Tuesday to Friday, from Noon to 6 p.m.
A JPG image of the proposed artwork AND a document (in WORD or PDF format) that includes the following information:
Any further inquiries: Contact Logan Bales, Gallery Coordinator, Curator at email@example.com
Newmarkettoday.com interviewed our President Jerisha Grant-Hall
You can see the article here: