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The Little Book of Black Joy



The Little Book of Black Joy is a student-led initiative in collaboration with FCAD’s Black History Month Committee. Through unique art pieces and quotes from community members, this book celebrates the vastness and multifaceted aspects of Black joy.


The 2nd Annual Black History Month Events at FCAD

Black in Motion: 

Race, Accessibility and Online Learning

February 23 from 7:00pm


This event will bring together academics, artists, activists and students for a panel discussion about online learning at the intersection of disability, accessible learning and race. Following the panel discussion, this event will create opportunities for students to share insights from their own learning experiences in order to contribute to a document of best practices for teaching and learning in the pandemic and beyond.


Black in Motion: 

Behind the Camera

February 26 from 4:00pm


This event celebrates, recognizes and showcases Black women in the film and television industry. Shonna Foster and Ayat Salih are women who will be speaking about an industry that has not been historically been representative or welcoming to Black voices and stories. This conversation looks at the past, present and future of the film and television industry.        


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Race, Accessibility and Online Learning

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Syrus Marcus Ware


Syrus is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and Black activist culture. His work has been shown widely, including in a solo show at Grunt Gallery, Vancouver in 2018 (2068:Touch Change), for the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art and the Ryerson Image Centre (Antarctica and Ancestors, Do You Read Us? (Dispatches from the Future)), for the Bentway’s Safety in Public Spaces Initiative in 2020 (Radical Love) and in group shows at the Never Apart in Montreal, Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Art Gallery of York University, the Art Gallery of Windsor and as part of the curated content at Nuit Blanche 2017 (The Stolen People; Won't Back Down).  His performance works have been part of festivals across Canada, including at Cripping The Stage (Harbourfront Centre, 2016, 2019), Complex Social Change (University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2015) and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres (University of Winnipeg, 2015). He is the co-editor or the best-selling Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (URP, 2020).

He is part of the PDA (Performance Disability Art) Collective and co-programmed Crip Your World: An Intergalactic Queer/POC Sick and Disabled Extravaganza as part of Mayworks 2014. Syrus' recent curatorial projects include That’s So Gay (Gladstone Hotel, 2016-2020), Re:Purpose (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2014) and The Church Street Mural Project (Church-Wellesley Village, 2013). Syrus is also co-curator of The Cycle, a two-year disability arts performance initiative of the National Arts Centre. 

Syrus is a core-team member of Black Lives Matter - Toronto and a co-curator of Blackness Yes!/Blockorama. Syrus has won several awards, including the TD Diversity Award in 2017, was voted “Best Queer Activist” by NOW Magazine (2005), and was awarded the Steinert and Ferreiro Award (2012). Syrus is a PhD candidate at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and an Assistant Professor in the School of the Arts (Theatre and Film Studies) at McMaster University.

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Taylor Lindsay-Noel


Taylor Lindsay-Noel is a 27-year-old entrepreneur from Toronto, Ontario Canada. 12 years ago she was a Canadian national gymnast but in 2008 under the coercion of her coach she had a devastating accident that instantly paralyzed her from the neck down for life. Since then Taylor has persevered through adversity and has received a BA in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University. She is currently balancing being a motivational speaker, podcast host, disability advocate, and owner of Cup of Té Luxury Loose Leaf Teas which was just featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things List 2020!

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Tamika Walker


With a loud, charismatic personality and a big heart, Tamika has always wanted to be seen as a resource for those living with disabilities in the Afro-Caribbean communities . Starting her journey in Behavioural Science and Technology at George Brown College, Tamika dedicated 5+ years to working directly with children and youth diagnosed with Autism on skill development across various settings such as group homes, schools as well as IBI. Now as an alumni of the Disability Studies program at Ryerson, Tamika committed herself to changing the ableism that exists within her community. She has attended various events within the Greater Toronto Area surrounding disability and race as well as contributed to a Transnational Disability Studies Course starting in this coming year. Most recently ,Tamika served as a committee member of the Anti- Black Racism Committee for Ryerson University.

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Gloria C. Swain


Gloria C. Swain is a multidisciplinary Black MAD artist, activist and mental health advocate. Swain works within the mediums of installation, painting, performance, and photography. Her work challenges and connects intergenerational traumas to ongoing colonial violence and mental health. She has shown in Toronto, Manitoba, and Montreal. Swain holds a Community Arts certificate and master’s degree in environmental studies.

Behind the Camera

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Cheryl Thompson / moderator


This event will be moderated by Cheryl Thompson, Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Industries and Co-Director at The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought.

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Shonna Foster


Shonna Foster is an award winning director, producer and storyteller who is on a mission to

leave this world a better place through the art of film and through her commitment of supporting the careers of emerging talent. Her career began at the age of 8 in front of the camera, when she was cast as the lead in the short film Gone A Foreign, written and directed by Annmarie Morais. She credits the experience of working with Morais, as the defining moment when she decided that she would continue to pursue her passion of storytelling through the art of film and television.

She received her B.F.A honours degree in Theatre from York University, where she studied in the Creative Ensemble Conservatory. Shonna has worked professionally as an artist, and as a business professional for award-winning production and distribution companies, in roles which include Business Affairs Associate, Assistant Production Manager, and Executive Assistant.

Shonna made her directorial debut with the short film Residue, which was licensed by the CBC for national broadcast and is currently available for streaming through CBC Gem. She has also directed branded content for various companies across the GTA. Her producer credits include: the award winning I Lost My Mind (Michael Tobin), He Murdered Sleep (Jeremy Boxen), and Noor & Layla (Fawzia Mirza).

Currently, Shonna works as a freelance director, producer and consultant in film & television.

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Ayat Salih


Ayat Salih is a Sudanese artist and Media Production student at Ryerson University. A common thread in her work is a passion for social justice, innovative media and storytelling. She is currently the writer and director (as well as many other hats) for the upcoming short experimental drama, Purple Matter, a story about a Black queer woman confronting her grief and newfound love through dreams. Her work as a research assistant for the SSHRC Finding Home Project on placemaking for queer women refugees, allowed her to explore academia, documentary making and art-based research. As a co-creator of the Crafting Sapphic Spaces toolkit, she worked on a guide on inclusive and accessible event planning for all sapphics and co-presented this work at the Talking Back Feminist Media Conference. Being part of the Black Liberation Collective at Ryerson University, a political student group, allowed her to co-organize different community events and programs, as well as action work combating anti-Black racism. Her radio show turned vodcast, Radical Gossip, a show where her and her co-hosts talk shit but it’s for the revolution, is currently a project under the Transmedia Zone. Ayat looks forward to broadening and diversifying her art and community work.