Solidarity in Action

 

The unjust treatment of those who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour is deeply embedded in the systems that uphold society and the status quo here in Grey and Bruce Counties, across the nation and beyond. On June 3, 2020 Durham Art Gallery publicly acknowledged our solidarity with and support of Black communities. The oppression of Black people must end. 

 

Durham Art Gallery prioritizes contemporary art in its many forms, through exhibitions and programs that explore the complexity of the contemporary experience while also foregrounding reciprocity through workshops and integrated programming. As a regional, public art gallery we are dedicated to being an inclusive institution that facilitates community through gathering, sharing, and exchanging ideas. The Durham Art Gallery is committed to Anti-Racism, we practice this commitment through our organizational values: Appreciation, Gathering and Sharing, Inclusion, Inspiration, Reciprocity and Stewardship. 

 

What does this mean in a municipality that hosts a population of which 93% of residents self-identify as white? It means that this charity, the Durham At Gallery, willingly accepts the responsibility of becoming a Brave Space, actively working towards anti-racism and anti-oppression. 

 

Today we will share how the Durham Art Gallery is contributing to change within our organization and immediate community. We will: 

 

  1. Continue to foreground the work of and amplify the voices of IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour) creative practitioners, thinkers and community members

  2. Stand up against racial violence, discrimination and racism by calling people in and providing (un)learning resources 

  3. Provide training for board members, docents, volunteers and employees in order to facilitate and navigate these conversations

  4. Initiate a paid Advisory Council of IBPOC creative practitioners and community members to inform and advise Durham Art Gallery in the process of becoming a Brave Space for Grey/Bruce.

 

Though these changes are incremental, we are here for the long haul and are dedicated to the continual process of anti-racism. We call upon the Municipality of West Grey and the West Grey Public Library, Grey Highlands Public Library and Grey Roots Museum to do the same. 

 

As you follow up with us along on our journey, keeping us accountable to these initial contributions, please join the Durham Art Gallery Team in personally donating to funds, charities and organizations that support the Black community, if you are able. 

 

 Financial Support for Black Communities 

 

 

Support List 

Black Organizations and Anti-Racist Groups in Canada 

Covid-19 Global Emergency Relief Fund for High Risk Black Folks

Black Owned Businesses in the GTA

Funds, Organizations and Petitions

 Free Digital Resources 

 

Local Historical Context 

 

Northern Terminus, the goal of this annual Journal is to provide readers with information about the historical Black community of Grey County.

Settling In Place: An Interview with Andrea Fatona from the MacLaren Art Centre 

Speakers for the Dead, Documentary by Jennifer Holness & David Sutherland, 2000 (49 Mins)

Contemporary Canadian Context 

Remembering Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Colour killed by Canadian police by Desmond Cole

Racism in Canada... By Maija Kappler

 

Anti-Racism

 

Anti-Racism for Beginners

Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist (Podcast)

Educate Yourself

Sightlines Podcast, Ryerson Image Centre

Plot Twist’s Anti-Racism Resources

Gallery 44’s Statement of Solidarity

botanicaldyke's Resources

How Much Do We Need The Police? by Leah Donnella 

End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale (Free E-book)

Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter Edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton (Free E-book)

 

Anti-Racism for Children

 

 Further Recommended Reading 

 

Racism and Anti-Racism in Canada, Edited by David Este, Liza Lorenzetti and Christa Sato 

 

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250 George St E.

PO BOX 1021

Durham, Ontario

Canada

N0G 1R0 

Phone Calls |

(519) 369 - 3692

Emails & Inquiries​

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Hours of Operation

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Thursday - Sunday

Closed from 3-3:45

 

Entrance fee by donation 

We are a non-profit, exhibition-driven space for contemporary art and visual culture in so-called West Grey, Ontario.

 

Durham Art Gallery rests on the traditional land of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, which is represented by the communities of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. We thank them. We also thank of the Métis Nation of Ontario, whose history and people are well represented in what are now Bruce and Grey Counties. 

 

From our earliest incarnation in the local Carnegie library to our current purpose-built home, the Gallery’s evolution is marked by an engaged community and a diversifying landscape.