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PSA: Call for proposals. Africville: A Spirit that Lives On – A Reflection Project

MSVU Art Gallery presents:

Africville: A Spirit that Lives On – A Reflection Project

August 17 – November 10, 2019

In 1989, MSVU Art Gallery, the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, and the Africville Genealogical Society collaborated on the exhibition Africville: A Spirit That Lives On. The exhibition, catalogue, and symposium celebrated the legacy and spirit of Africville, and set the benchmark for the standard of collaborative, community driven exhibitions.

Today, on the 30th anniversary of the exhibition, the collaborators have reunited and are joined by the Africville Museum, to create a project looking back at the 1989 exhibition and take the opportunity to reflect on what has happened since.

We’re looking for artistic projects to present alongside a new display of the archives and elements of the original exhibition. We hope this presentation at MSVU Art Gallery can engage a conversation with Africville residents, descendants, the broader African Nova Scotian community, and collaborating organizations to activate the Gallery space as a forum for reflection on this anniversary.

Proposed projects may include visual art, craft, performance, dance, music, writing, spoken word, or public program (e.g. a workshop, presentation, or conversation). How do you remember Africville? And how have you responded to its spirit? Both new and existing work is welcome.

Selected contributors will be paid an artist fee of no less than $350 CAD (HST Included). Proposals are due by July 21 and projects must be available for presentation between August 6 and November 10, 2019.

Please see the call for submissions at for more details.

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