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.
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.
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.