The whole month of February is dedicated to the history of African Americans. In order to celebrate Black History month, here is a list of wonderful events you can attend! Edna Patterson-Petty?African-American Contemporary Quilts Where: Ottawa Art Gallery Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave, Contemporary galleries 1 & 3 When: December 2011 – 19 February 2012 What: Edna Patterson-Petty’s African-American Contemporary Quilts The contemporary art-quilts of East St. Louis, Illinois artist Edna J. Patterson-Petty are improvisational and ‘jazzy’ in their aesthetic quality. They function as conveyors of memories and histories of place slavery, race and racism, community and self-emancipation. The quilts in this exhibition not only speak about adversity, they are testaments of the ?inventiveness of African-American culture as expressed in the syncopated jazz beat. More info on exhibition at: http://ottawaartgallery.ca/exhibits/2011/edna-patterson/index-en.php Curated by Andrea Fatona, Guest Curator. Sponsored by U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section. Gallery Hours: Monday: closed; Tuesday: 10am to 6pm; Wednesday: 10am to 6pm; Thursday: 10am to 8pm; Friday: 10am to 8pm; Saturday: 11am to 6 pm; Sunday: 11am to 6 pm. Admission: “Pay-What-You-Can” Information: Tel.: (613) 233-8699 [email protected] www.ottawaartgallery.ca ————————————— Black History Month – Poetry and Paint When: Saturday February 18 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm Where: Main library branch, 2nd floor in the Children’s Department. 120 Metcalfe Ottawa, K1P 5M2 (613) 580-2945 What: Learn about slam poetry and see how to connect the beauty of words to paint. Offered in collaboration with the Library Settlement Partnership (LSP): Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO), and Ottawa Public Library. Admission: Ages 8-13 Call (613) 580-2945 ext 32119 to register. ——————————————————- THE WALK (a play about trafficked girls) When: 8 pm? Friday Feb. 3 to Sunday Feb. 5 & Feb. 10 – 12 Where: Natalie Stern Studio Theatre, 294 Picton Ave. (Westboro) What: Moon Dog Theatre in association with PACT-Ottawa (Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in humans) present: THE WALK (a play about trafficked girls). SYNOPSIS: Celestine, a Nigerian who was a sex slave for eight years in Italy, is now struggling to raise her infant son in Canada. Her story is at the heart of this drama about three wildly incompatible Canadians trying to write a play about sex trafficking and its impact on canadian pharmacy young women from around the world. Very powerful and believable, leaving many a tearful eye in its wake. (Rajka Stefanovska Capital Critics Circle). Admission: $20 in advance / $22 at the door Information: Catherine at (613) 733 0776 [email protected] www.moondogtheatre.com ——————————————- Safari-Afrika When: Saturday February 4th at 7:30pm Where: Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street Admission: $10 in advance & $15 at the door. Children under 10 years: $5 Presented by: African Heritage Centre, Dsfiena and African Festival. Join us to share some of the rich heritage from Africa and Latin America, which is now part of Ottawa cultural mosaic. Information: Mama Rosa Chiombola (613) 860-3022 [email protected] www.africanheritagecentre.jimdo.com ————————————————– Public Lecture: Professor Charmaine Nelson, McGill University Ottawa Public Library auditorium When: Thursday, February 9 from 4.00 – 6.00 p.m. Where: 120 Metcalfe Street What: Public Lecture: Professor Charmaine Nelson, McGill University Ottawa Public Library auditorium Admission: Free admission Presented by: The Common Law Section, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Keynote address by Professor Charmaine Nelson, Dept. Of Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University. She is the author of The Color of Stone: Sculpting Black Female Subjects in Nineteenth-Century America (2007) and Representing the Black Female Subject in Western Art (2010). Her most recent book is Ebony Roots, Northern Soil: Perspectives on Blackness in Canada (2010). Her new manuscript project examines nineteenth-century landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica, through critical readings of geography, topography, colonial commerce and travel.
Information: Professor Joanne St. Lewis, (613) 562-5794 [email protected] ————————————————– Children Stories in the Diaspora When: Sunday, February 12 from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. Where: Ottawa Public Library Nepean Centrepointe Branch Children Program Room 101 Centrepointe Drive Free Admission. Donations to pharmacy in canada Black History Ottawa gratefully accepted What: Listen to readers from the black community share children’s stories written by black authors from the diaspora. Books from the library will be on display and a local bookseller, Sankofa Bookstore, will have books for sale on site. All are welcome to attend this family event. A partnership between the Ottawa Public Library and Black History Ottawa. Information: [email protected] ————————————————————————- Youth and Children Talent Show Case Where: The Ottawa Church of God 1820 Carling Ave (at Maitland Ave) When: Sunday, February 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Admission: An offering will be collected in support of Junior Talent 2012. An inspirational night to highlight the talent of our youth and children, in stories of inclusion, dance, poetry, drama and songs. Information: Carol Campbell (613) 294-6750 [email protected] Joel Charles (613) 729-3172 ext 2 [email protected] www.ottawaocg.org ————————————————– Black History Month Tribute – Living History: The evolution of the Black Business Woman When: Wednesday, February 15 at 6.00pm. Where: Ottawa Community Immigrant Organisation (OCISO) 945 Wellington Street Admission: Members $15. Non-members $30 Presented by: The Network of Black Business & Professional Women What: This event will reflect on and pay tribute to the women who have laid the foundation for and helped to create the successful Black Business Women in our community. Information: Susanne Griffiths (613) 797-1405 [email protected] Stacey Walker (613) 979-1184 [email protected] —————————————————————— Ujimaa Job Fair?Carleton University Unicentre What: Ujimaa Job Fair?Carleton University Unicentre Where: 1125 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, ON Our organization will be hosting the Ujimaa Job Fair to assist local minority youth in finding summer employment and work experience. When: Saturday February 18th from 11am – 4 pm Information: Tel.: 613-567-0600 Email: [email protected] Website: www.jakukonbit.com ————————————————————– Black Youth Conference Day What: Black Youth Conference Day – ?”Black Like Who? Black Like Me!” When: Friday, February 24 from 9:00am – 4:00pm Information: [email protected] www.3dreads.com ——————–——————–——————– BlackYouthaPalooza When: Saturday, February 25 from 11:00am-4:00pm What: Black Like Who? Black Like Me! Celebrating our community’s Young, Gifted, and Black Information: [email protected] www.3dreads.com ——————–——————–——————– Singin’ in the Spirit When: Saturday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. Where: Ottawa Seventh-Day Adventist Church 2200 Benjamin Ave. (Woodroffe Ave & Highway 417) What: A musical celebration of the black experience through spirituals and gospel music, featuring choirs, soloists and instrumentalists Admission: Donation to local charity Information: Janice Anderson 613-728-8178 [email protected] ——————–——————–——————– Global Community Alliance Gala Night Where: Sheraton Ottawa Hotel 150 Albert Street When: Saturday, February 25 from 6:00pm – 1:00am Admission: $55 per person (with complimentary cocktails) Note: Advance tickets only. Presented by: The Global Community Alliance, this event will highlight the diversity that fosters unity within the Ottawa community, raise awareness of some of the issues in the community and recognize the efforts of individuals, associations, businesses and organizations that make a significant difference within our Global Community. In addition, the Gala Night will feature a keynote speaker, prominent members of the community and enlightening entertainment for the evening. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Black History Ottawa. Information: Yomi or Kelly Pratt 613-824-6392 [email protected] [email protected] ——————–——————–——————– Afroculture: the Cultural Festival Where: Shenkman Arts Centre When: March 1: 5:30pm – 9:00pm March 2 & 3: 10:00am – 8:00pm Admission: $15/person (Festival Passport) Presented by: Action et Développement Jeunesse, this annual event illustrates a positive and dynamic representation of Ethnocultural Communities in Canada. This event will feature artists like Groupe des Arts Bassan, Bertin Nzangue, Les Cobras du Mandingue, El Hadj ; A spectacular cultural/exotic Fashion Show and food. There will also be a kids village and cultural exhibition. This event is partly funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Canada. Information: Patrice Essindi 613-265-2628 [email protected]