What to do in Toronto: Black History Month

what to to in toronto black history month
image courtesy of Mackenzie House

February is a short, but very busy month. Along with Valentine’s Day and Family Day, February is also home to Chinese New Year. Above all else, February is Black History Month. A month to reflect, educate and celebrate Canada’s black history. If you are wondering what to do in Toronto to honour Black History Month with your children, we have a roundup of events taking place across the city.

What to do in Toronto: Black History Month

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Take the kids to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this month and expose them to the incredible work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. During the 1980’s Basquiat’s artwork dealt with major issues that were impacting his life in New York. His pieces examine racism, oppression and poverty. Children will be captivated by his use of colour and graffiti-like techniques…this exhibit is perfect for children of all ages.

http://www.ago.net/basquiat

Toronto Public Library: Across the city, branches of the Toronto Public Library will be hosting workshops, readings, music and performances for children around Black History Month. Learn about African drumming and dance at the Jane/Shepard Branch, join a beat-boxing workshop at Fairview Branch, create an African inspired craft at the Maria A. Shchuka Branch.

www.torontopubliclibrary.com

MacKenzie House: Step back in time at the historic MacKenzie House and learn about what life might have been like for Black Victorians living in Toronto. Visitors will learn about the historic roots of Black Victorians and the newspaper publishing industry.

www.toronto.ca

images courtesy of Mackenzie House and Toronto Public Library

 

Jen Farr

In my "previous life" I was a mental health professional...in my current life I'm a stay-at-home mom with 2 beautifully adventurous kids. I share everything that lands on my kitchen counter over on my blog, Kitchen Counter Chronicles. Swing by and learn how we are greening their lives; what we are crafting; what we are cooking and what we are reading. While you will often find the girls and I inside the kitchen, you will also find us out and about getting our hands dirty, exploring and learning outdoors.

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