Largest juried display of African Canadian art presented at the ROM

From the Soul: Caribana Art Exhibit

More
than 160 paintings, several Caribana parade costumes, three dimensional bronze
sculptures and award-winning ceramic pieces by 49 artists will be on display
when African-Canadian art gets centre stage in the Scotiabank Caribana
Festival’s From the Soul: Caribana Art Exhibit, 23 July to 13 August. Steel
pannist Earl La Pierre Jr, will be representing Cayman at the three-week
cultural celebration of Caribbean visual and performing arts activities.

The
exhibit, at the Royal Ontario Museum, is Canada’s largest ever single juried
display of works of art by African Canadian artists. Curated by renowned
African Canadian artist and activist Joan Butterfield, the exhibition is
produced by the Association of African Canadian Artists in conjunction with
Scotiabank Caribana and the ROM. From the Soul will be on display in the
Museum’s Bronfman Hall, Level 2 during the citywide festival, which is taking
place until 15 July to 15 August.

“The
Scotiabank Caribana Festival is a significant annual event advancing cultural
celebration in the City of Toronto… From the Soul and offer[s] festival
attendees… the opportunity to experience a unique and powerful exhibition
celebrating African Canadian art,” said ROM’s Director and CEO William
Thorsell.

The
curator said, “This collection of works will arouse the conscious, still the
mind and soothe the soul. Our goal is to attract a new and expanded audience to
this exhibition with the hope of inspiring others with the message of courage,
love and respect prevalent throughout the displays. Art is an expression of
life around us and a powerful way to bring difficult topics of discussion out
in the open.”

On
24-25 July visitors are invited to ‘Jump Up, Jump Up’ at the ROM and share in a
celebration of Caribbean culture and community by participating in a variety of
Caribbean activities and traditions. The activities, which include crafts,
storytelling, and the music of steel pannist Earl La Pierre Jr, are free with
general Museum admission.

Visit
www.rom.on.ca for more details. As an event partner, the ROM is offering
festival patrons discounted admission through online ticketing.

About Scotiabank Caribana

Now
in its 43rd year, The Scotiabank Caribana Festival has become a major
international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America.
As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of
Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the
pulsating rhythms and melodies of calypso, soca, reggae, hip hop, chutney,
steel pan and brass bands.

For further information, visit
www.caribanafestival.com
.

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