Black Arts Matter 2020

Black Arts Matter is a multidisciplinary Black arts festival based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (edmonton, AB). Born out of the Chinook Series 2017, a two week festival of festivals put on by Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, Fringe Theatre Adventures, and Azimuth Theatre, BAM brought communities of all races, abilities and artistic tastes to their feet.  Happening right in the heart of Black History Month, Black dancers, poets, musicians, theatre artists, educators and healers have shared their voice and proven the myth that Black artists “aren’t in Edmonton” is false. NASRA is the Festival Director of Black Arts Matter and looks forward to bringing in artists from across Alberta as the festival enters its fourth year. 

Four years in, Black Arts Matter rethinks our foundation and sustainability as artists and human beings. We are taking a step back to ask ourselves: what are the pillars of a world that honours and protects Black life / creativity? In the staged reading of Balance Board, the story of Charles Daniel and racism in Canada beckons us to look back in order to look forward. With Awaken our workshop series, we hope by centring food, joy, and the body/mind/spirit, we will conjure the stories, deep questions and solutions to our need for  grounding. 2020 is a year of calibration and we thank you for making Black Arts Matter such a celebratory platform worth sustaining. 

Any amount of support is appreciated, your funds will go towards the #BamFam organizers, workshop materials and more!


  • Andrea Handal Rivera 
    • $25 
    • 1 d
  • Kind Ice Cream 
    • $400 
    • 3 d
  • Emily Guthrie-Plouffe 
    • $50 
    • 4 d
  • Shayne Rosario 
    • $45 
    • 4 d
  • Danielle Battistella 
    • $5 
    • 5 d
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Nasra Adem 
Edmonton, AB
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