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AGO Celebrates Black History Month

February 25th, 2010

Chris Bosh speaks to students

Chris Bosh speaks the students at the AGO. Photos courtesy AGO photographer Dean Thomlinson.

The AGO is working with its community partners to celebrate Black History Month, an annual remembrance of people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

This past Monday, the AGO hosted members of the Toronto Raptors with 40 young students from Toronto at-risk communities for the NBA’s Read to Achieve program. Our director Matthew Teitelbaum introduced the students to the AGO at this educational outreach initiative, which is aimed at helping young people develop a life-long love for reading.

This evening, the AGO is working with community artist Janine Carrington to present a collage artmaking activity at University Settlement’s Black History Month event, based on the theme "Remember the past, Seize the present, Embrace the future". All are welcome at this event, which will take place at University Settlement auditorium from 5 to 8 pm. For more information about University Settlement please visit www.usrc.ca

And this Saturday, February 27, the AGO is partnering with Kids Up Front Foundation to provide a free group visit for 30 dads and kids from the Black Daddies Club. Kids Up Front is a charitable organization that provides access to arts, culture, sport and recreation for children who otherwise do not have the opportunity. The Black Daddies Club was founded in 2007 by Brandon Hay in response to the lack of forums and spaces for Black men to discuss parenting issues as well as the issues facing the Black Community as a whole. More information at available at Kids Up Front and at Black Daddies Club.

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