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Dr. Charmaine Nelson, Black Diaspora, and Black Art History in Canada


The history of Black art in Canada is something that all-too-few Canadians are familiar with. It’s an amazing history–and it’s also a story that asks us all to confront some uncomfortable truths about our shared history as a nation.

Dr. Charmaine Nelson has been working hard to spread the story of Black art in Canada. Dr. Nelson is a prominent Canadian art historian and author, and a professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art.

On Friday, February 5th she will be presenting an online public talk through the University of Calgary called Uncovering Black Art History In Canada. It streams that day at 2:00 PM (MST) and will be followed by a Q& A session. CKUA’s Lisa Wilton spoke with Dr. Nelson about a few of Canada’s forgotten Black artists, and what she hopes participants will take away from the discussion: