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.