Statement of Solidarity

Gallery 44 denounces police brutality and systemic racism that continues to enact violence towards Black, Indigenous and POC communities in Canada and the United States. We are deeply saddened and angered by the ongoing violence towards Black communities and stand in solidarity against these oppressions.

G44 understands that galleries are not neutral spaces and recognizes that our society is built on various structural inequities, including systemic racial discrimination, and that these inequities continue to create barriers to access and participation. We are committed to being a positive force to eliminate such barriers, and to uphold anti-racism as part of the core value and mission of our organization. 

It is important to make time to listen, understand and stand up against systemic and individual acts of violence and racism. We must continue to educate ourselves particularly on our own histories of racism within Canada, and wish to share this evolving list of resources as a starting point. 




Learning Resources

Resources we have been using.

Critical Race Theory

Anti-Racism Resources

Educate Yourself

Policing Black Lives, Robyn Maynard

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale 

The Urgency of Intersectionality, Kimberlé Crenshaw TED Talk

Sightlines a podcast by The Ryerson Image Centre

The State of Blackness, a repository of work by Black Canadian cultural producers

Board Diversity & Pluralism with Zainub Verjee

Zainub Verjee is currently the Executive Director at OAAG. She discussed this talk and it's themes of diversity management a bit in text here.  Great the breakdown and historical background on how we moved from words such as equality, to diversity and inclusion and perhaps how this relates to anti-racism movements.

Conceptions of White: A Research Toolkit on the Origins and Meanings of White Identity

Mackenzie Art Gallery's thorough research project and an interesting example of how arts orgs are developing resources and literacy around systemic issues.

iHollaback Training

Free online workshops on methodologies in the areas of bystander intervention, conflict de-escalation, harassment prevention, and resilience.

Canadian cultural institutions have silenced Black voices for years. Can we write a new chapter?

Amanda's article is a helpful summary of Black-led activism and attempts to challenge anti-Black racism in the cultural sector. She documents four recent movements (many of which are in Toronto) as case studies.

White Institution's Guide For Welcoming Artists of Color

The default nonprofit board model is archaic and toxic; let’s try some new models

Moving Beyond Statements of Solidarity