BUILDING ALLYSHIP

Supporting BIPOC artists in London, ON.

1

Listening Sessions:

The London Arts Council will organize listening sessions on-line and in-person to hear from BIPOC artists and arts organizations.

These sessions will be held in small numbers in order for every voice to be heard. 

2

Surveys:

Along with the listening circles the LAC will be conducting  a series of surveys to further our understanding of how we can assist and support BIPOC artists and arts organizations in London, ON. 

The London Arts Council is committed to confronting systemic racism and inequity that exists in London today. LAC joins BIPOC - Black, Indigenous and People of Colour and community members in support of equity, justice and human rights. Thus supporting renewed energy to create meaningful change is not lost.

Allyship:

 

  • allyship is not an identity—it is a lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with individuals and/or groups of people.
     

  • allyship is not self-defined—our work and our efforts must be recognized by the people we seek to ally ourselves with

    • it is important to be intentional in how we frame the work we do

 

This definition of allyship is informed by: https://theantioppressionnetwork.com/allyship/

 

Our continuing role:

We are turning our spotlight  towards the voices of those who are continuously marginalized, silenced, and ignored. LAC will continue to promote and exercise the principles of equity in all that we do. 

London Arts Council commits to further engaging BIPOC  artists and arts organizations through an extensive consultation process, including:

 

Raising Voices

 

Cutural expression and production are powerful forces that can change the attitudes and beliefs of a society. The London Arts Council has worked with many BIPOC artists whose art serves to educate and build community.  We invite you to learn more about some of the BIPOC artists and arts organizations working with and receiving funding from the LAC's various programs and projects throughout our website.

Megan Arnold & Vidya Natarajan

Megan Arnold & Vidya Natarajan

Pride Lit - 2 Willow Switch

Pride Lit - 2 Willow Switch

London Korean Samulnori Drumming Team - Culture Days 2018

London Korean Samulnori Drumming Team - Culture Days 2018

Youth Artist Mentorship Project

Youth Artist Mentorship Project

PL - River TalksArtist Shawna Redskye

PL - River TalksArtist Shawna Redskye

Connor McPhail

Connor McPhail

Sharmistha Kar

Sharmistha Kar

Culture Days

Culture Days

Londomble

Londomble

Global Girl Media featured at Public Art

Global Girl Media featured at Public Art

Amanda Myers, Crossings

Amanda Myers, Crossings

Pride Lit - 9 R. Flex

Pride Lit - 9 R. Flex

Richard Gracious

Richard Gracious

Christine Leu and Alan Webb public art p

Christine Leu and Alan Webb public art p

Quinn Smallboy, Visual Artist

Quinn Smallboy, Visual Artist

Bollywood Express, London Arts Live

Bollywood Express, London Arts Live

Culture Days - Invitation to Korean Mountain - London Korean Samulnori Drumming Team

Culture Days - Invitation to Korean Mountain - London Korean Samulnori Drumming Team

Moses Lunham

Moses Lunham

Residential School Project

Residential School Project

vidya

vidya

Building Allyship

 

Collaborating for Truth

Collaborating for Truth brings voices together to help change the narrative. The London Arts Council uses its platform to amplify voices for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, collaborating for truth is needed in our community, city, province, country and around the world. 

 A beautiful example of collaborating for truth is our work with

Atlohsa Family Healing Services to present the 

Atlohsa Peace Awards.

The awards celebrate those who have made outstanding contributions, propelling social change in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation. Through media, arts, education and advocacy these trailblazers truly exemplify leadership in an era of rapid growth and change.

Each Award honours an individual or organization that best represents one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings: Bravery, Honesty, Humility, Love, Respect, Truth and Wisdom.

In 2019, in the spirit of the Two-Row Wampum and Two-Eyed Seeing, LAC created an Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists collaborative to
co-create a performance and film for the awards evening.

 

Visual Artists Quinn Smallboy & Sharmistha Kar, Dancers Montana Summers & Avery Hall and Musicians Robin Henry & Mary Ashton performed together during the event.

 

We are honoured to share the film created for the event by

Film Artists Nicole Coenen and Edward Lees.

The London Arts Council  is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. 

The London Arts Council is committed to working in peace and healing with the surrounding First Nations communities of the city of London:Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames and Munsee-Delaware Nation. 

To find out more about the LAC's Building Allyship efforts, please email info@londonarts.ca

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