Organization’s Name: CANADIAN BLACK ARTISTS UNITED
Canadian Black Artists United based in the city of Winnipeg is registered as Black artists' organization.
Purpose: To advance the creative contributions of Canadian Black visual artists, literary artistes, performing and musical artistes, by engaging them in collaborations, professional development activities: exhibitions, performances, networking, workshops, residencies, and cultural exchange programs locally, nationally and internationally. International Black Artists and art patrons across the globe will have the opportunity to come to Winnipeg to see Canadian Black Artists during residencies and during annual juried exhibition. This will further promote the excellent work of Canadian Arts in general.
Vision: Canadian Black artists and/or artistes of various categories will collaborate to innovate, create, exhibit and present their talents locally, nationally and globally.
Mission: Source for sharing and accessing logistical advice, available resources and international opportunities for Canadian Black artists.
Values: For Excellent, Innovative and Progressive Impact.
Black artists in the context of CANADIAN BLACK ARTISTS UNITED shall include visual artists, performing artistes, literary artistes, musical artistes, but not limited to those listed.
History: Before the COVID pandemic in 2019, Hon. Patricia Bovey inspired Yisa Akinbolaji during a visit to his studio to consider initiating an organization for Black practising artists. The Canadian Black Artists United (CBAU) was founded in 2022. Yisa (former educator) had served on the board of the Manitoba Arts Council (2010 – 2019). Though the venues used in 2022 for the inauguration of the Candaian Black Artists United events were not ideal for visual art display, it did not prevent the overflow of art enthusiasts who attended.
Black artists in the context of CANADIAN BLACK ARTISTS UNITED will include visual artists, performing artistes, literary artistes, musical artistes, but not limited to those listed.
Membership Categories: Individual membership: individual artistes reflecting the diversity of the arts and individuals interested in the arts. The first category of artists will be established artists meeting Canadian and International standard. The second category will include emerging artists (not amature) who are in the mid-career of their profession.
Honorary: The class of this membership shall be conferred on patron and individual who has contributed to the advancement of Canadian Black artist/s or an individual who has the capacity to advance the course of CANADIAN BLACK ARTISTS UNITED.
Student membership: 18 years and above: This class of membership shall be drawn from the Departments of Art in Canadian Colleges and Universities.
Associate membership: This Class of membership may be conferred on individuals / organizations located / residing outside of Canada and who in the opinion of the founder/executives can promote the objectives of CANADIAN BLACK ARTISTS UNITED abroad.
Executives: In the first few years of the organization, the executive members shall be by appointment by the Chairman and Founder of the Canadian Black Artists United. This is to establish a good foundation and ensure the success of CANADIAN BLACK ARTISTS UNITED. Yisa Akinbolaji, who is the initiator shall be the national Chairman of the CANADIAN BLACK ARTISTS UNITED. He will be responsible for the coordination of the organization nationally to provide logistical support.
Membership will be recruited with CV, portfolio and presentation.
The broad objectives for which Canadian Black Artists United is established are:
• to give opportunities to professional Black artists to belong to professional body in their field and to make each artist contribute to the advancement of Canada arts sector.
• to document the presence and practice of Black artists in Canada.
• to advance the establishment of Black artists in Canada by providing: logistical advice, knowledge of available resources, opportunities for participating in exhibitions, performances, and productions.
• to advance Canada’s multicultural landscape and promote the value of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
• to engage established artists in mentorship, seminars, workshops, and activities relevant to their practices.
• to participate in exhibitions, performances, and award presentations to promote and advance the organization’s mission.
• to encourage originality and teamwork among artists of different genres and diverse backgrounds.
• to encourage cultural exchange by collaborating with artists organizations, and the government of each province and of Canada, to promote art awareness and Canada’s arts community nationally and internationally.