Africentric Arts started in August 2017 as an effort to engage children in authentic African cultural and traditional activities in Toronto. By bringing experts in African cultural arts, we entertain and educate children through drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, story-telling, sports and more. The programs are designed to improve the lives of children through discipline, encouragement, inclusion, and fun. The staffs and volunteers provide care for children in a professional and caring manner. Africentric Arts is among the best authentic African cultural programs for children in Toronto. We continually strive to bring the best entertainment for children by drawing from the core values of African cultures. We guarantee satisfaction and peace of mind for parents as we bring positive representation of Black culture in the community.
To educate, motivation, and give pride to children through the teachings of African history, cultures, and traditions.
To bring awareness about Africa, its people, and knowledge about the diaspora to children.
To educate and engage children about Africa’s diverse cultures and traditions.
To create a space where knowledge can bring empowerment, pride, eliminate discrimination and embrace diversity.
· To educate children about African cultures and traditions.
· To engaged children in meaningful activities that will entertain, and help them develop new skills.
· To bring positive representation to Black children that will help them affirm values, and embrace their ethnicity and identity with pride
· To create agents of social change. Children will develop sensitivity to social issues and challenge stereotypes
· For non-Black children to embrace diversity and be educated about cultures other than their ow
Africentric Arts works as a socializing agent aiming to defeat the negative perceptions and misrepresentation of Black/African people. We intend to bring out resistance factors that will influence children to internalize the uniqueness of Black/African culture and traditions. We hope they apply these knowledge in all attitudinal and behavioral aspect of their lives with pride.
Africentric Arts started operation in the summer of 2017 highly influenced by the lack of an authentic African cultural camp in Toronto. The success of the summer camp proved that there is an evidential need for such recreational activity for African and non-African children. Our next goal led to a March break camp and so the momentum continues. We had since received recognition from the Sierra Leone community here in Toronto and educational facilities like Centennial College. We have also established a presence within the African communities and as such partners with local organizations in many events. Due to its success and popularity, Africentric Art now caters for various seasonal events in Scarborough and the G.T.A.