In February the City of Barrie celebrates Black History Month with events that bring awareness to the significant contributions that African-Canadians have and continue to make to the cultural landscape of our country and our community.
The City of Barrie is proud to support Black History Month programming and initiatives taking place in the community. If you have programming that you would like added to this list, please email
Amanda.Dyke@barrie.ca to have it added.
Making Change Through ArtGrades 1–12, Across Simcoe County
Making Change invited students to participate in a community Art Engagement Project. The project encourages students to:
In March, art work will be displayed in the Barrie City Hall Rotunda. Presented by
Voices of Black Women in Business
Keynote, Panel & LunchTickets: $15/person (includes lunch)
Diversity and inclusion. Two terms that all businesses need to be thinking about or begin to think about when it comes to moving the dial forward for growth and success. This is an experiential business panel focused on how to include diversity in the workplace. Five Black women professionals share their contributions to their respective fields and ideas to attract diverse talent to Simcoe County. Presented by
Partners: Barrie Chamber of Commerce, Sandbox Centre, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, & XcelerateHER
Celebrate Black History Month with the MacLaren Art CentreAdmission: $5 per child / free for MacLaren Members (Family Category)Registration required: Sign up in person at 1pm on the day of the workshop, as space is limited.
Under the guidance of regional artist Sean George, families will be led through an engaging workshop exploring the history, function, vibrant colours and patterns of Kente cloth! Families will work together using colourful paper strips, sharpies, and yarn to create a bold original Kente inspired design. Ideal for children ages 3 to 8 years old.
Community Conversations: Better TogetherFree event, everyone welcome.
Global citizen and thought leader Titi Akinsanmi shares her perspectives, experiences and ideas central to connecting and building community. Aligning with Black History Month - honouring the contributions of Black Canadians, past and present, we explore the concept of "better together", or ubuntu, a catalyst to inclusion.
For more information on Community Conversations visit
Our Mosaic Lives.
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Making Change Black History Month CelebrationTickets: $20 per person, includes food & entertainment. Cash Bar.
Showcasing speakers, artists, musicians and poets from across Simcoe County. Featuring: “Black & Blues” a ‘60s Blues and R & B review with The Feelin’ Good Band; “Sketches of Black Music” narrates the development and evolution of Black music in the United States through live performance and poetry with musicians Gwyn Beaver and Shawn Pitre; singer-songwriter Cassandra Amanyangole, and more to be announced. Presented by
Partners: City of Barrie, Office of the Mayor, YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka Immigrant Services
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