The Art of Collaging with Stylo Starr:

Honouring Black Canadian Women

Participants will be making collage pieces that honour

Black women in Canadian history

Join the RISE Collective for a workshop on the art practice of collaging! This workshop will be led by local artist Stylo Starr. Stylo is a visual alchemist, known for her multi-layered digital and handcut collages. For this workshop participants will be making pieces that honour Black women in Canadian history.

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Place: Virtual on Zoom

Collaging is a technique that uses multi-layered hand cut or digital art, assembling different pieces to create new art 

Spots:  20 max.

Participants: This workshop is for young cis or trans woman, femme identified or non-binary youth who are comfortable in spaces that center women between the ages of 15 - 30 years old 

Cost: FREE

We have FREE collage kits for workshop participants in the Hamilton area. You can kickstart your creativity with one of these tote bags, which include; 1 pair of scissors, 4 markers, glue stick, magazine clippings, 1 piece of construction paper, in tote bags. Get creative with textiles in your house or newspapers too!

About Instructor: Stylo Starr is a visual alchemist, known for her multi-layered digital and hand cut collages that explore the Black Body, the Black Experience, and the Black Future. She has created visuals for musicians, writers, major companies and not-for-profits, and currently is working on developing her studio practice. Stylo has previously exhibited at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in 2017, and just recently closed a show for her series 89DAMES at the Art Gallery of Burlington. 

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Black Women of Canadian History:

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d'bi.young is a African- Jamaican-Canadian London-based multidisciplinary artist. d’bi.young is a poet, educator, theatre interventionist, and decolonial scholar; committed to embodying art that ritualises acts of recovery from violence inflicted upon the people and the planet. d’bi.young’s work includes theatrical performances, four published collections of poetry, twelve plays, and seven albums. d’bi.young explores identity, gender, sexuality, class, and human experience, making an indelible mark on the Canadian and global cultural landscape.

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Michie Mee (Michelle McCullock) is a Canadian rapper, actress, and Canada’s first notable female MC. She was born in Kingston, Jamaica, later moving to TorontoOntario. She began performing professionally at age 14. In 1985, during a concert in Toronto, Boogie Down Productions introduced her to the audience and she performed on stage. Michie Mee later teamed up with DJ L.A. Luv.  In 1990 she collaborated on the one-off single "Can't Repress the Cause", a plea for greater inclusion of hip hop music in the Canadian music scene, with Dance Appeal, a supergroup of Toronto-area musicians.

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Jully Black is a true Canadian icon. She has been named one of ‘The 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever’, (CBC Music) and has dubbed ‘Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul’ by fans and industry leaders alike. As a platinum selling recording artist, her music career has yielded multiple singles reaching the Top 10 pop, R&B and dance music charts. She has taken home Juno and Gemini Awards, earned innumerable industry accolades and has been hand selected to sing for the Queen of England. Jully is a major presence in the Canadian media and entertainment industry and was a former host and correspondent for CTV’s etalk.

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Nerene Virgin is a journalist, performer, Ontario Certified Teacher, and presenter. Nerene was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and grew up in Toronto. In 1980, she accepted a role as “Jodie” on “Today’s Special" joined “Newsday” as Ottawa’s community reporter. Virgin has applied her educational background and journalism skills to research, write and present stories of notable Blacks in Canadian/U.S. history and have been published in The Canadian Encyclopedia. Nerene has worked with the Dundas Museum and Archives. She is now working with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board to embed Black History into the regular school curriculum.

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Tonya Williams is an award-winning actress and advocate; Born in London, England, Tonya and her mother emigrated to Canada when she was young. She attended Ryerson University and after starring in a sitcom ‘Check It Out’ she moved to Los Angeles where she guest-starred in several roles before landing the role of Olivia Barber Hastings Winter on The Young and The Restless. In 2001, Tonya founded and is executive director of Reelworld Film Festival, based in Toronto. In 2018, she was invited to speak in Ottawa at the Canadian Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on the importance of diversity in regard to Culture Diplomacy. Tonya continues to act and is developing projects through her Wilbo Entertainment Inc production company, but her passion for launching diverse emerging Candian talent through her film festival has been her priority.

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Salome Bey was an award-winning jazz, blues and R&B singer and actress. Known as “Canada’s First Lady of the Blues,” she often appeared with her daughters Jacintha Tuku and Sate, who accompanied her as the Relatives. Bey wrote and starred in Indigo, a Dora Award-winning history of the blues, and was part of the group of Canadian singers who produced the charity single “Tears Are not Enough,” Bey received many prestigious awards, including being inducted as an honorary member of the Order of Canada.

Jackie Shane was an American soul and rhythm and blues singer, who was most prominent in the local music scene of Toronto’s R&B scene in the 1960s. Her 1967 live album, Jackie Shane Live, was reissued in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize’s 1960–1970 Heritage Award. Any Other Way, an anthology album of songs from Shane’s career and monologues from her live shows, was released in 2017. It was nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album.

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Rosemary Brown was a Canadian-Jamaican social worker and politician. She was Canada's first Black female member of a provincial legislature and the first woman to run for leadership of a federal political party.

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Violet King was the first Black Canadian to obtain a law degree in Alberta, the first Black person admitted to the Alberta Bar and the first Black woman to become a lawyer in Canada

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Esi Edugyan is a bestselling Canadian novelist. She is the first Black woman to win the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary award, and only the third writer to twice win for her novels,  Half-Blood Blues and Washington Black.

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