We want to express sincere gratitude to Vlad Spicanovic, Dr. Sara Diamond, Jane Burns, Heather Robson, Lynne Millgram, Ellyn Walker, Heidi McKenzie, Bianca Channer, Olayide Madamidola, Anna Withrow, Tracy Buchanan, Ajay Joshi, Aisha Simpson, Saba Moghtader, Andrew Capra, Alrik de Ridder, Ella Cooper, Audrey Hudson, Shamina Chherawala, Audrey Hudson, Tamu Stevens, Felicia Mings, Janine Arellano, Irina Towshinsky, Dr. Kenneth Montague, and Above Ground Art Supplies.
Andrea Fatona, Conference Lead
The State of Blackness: From Production to Presentation was presented in association with OCAD U, The Faculty of Art Innovation Fund, and in Partnership with the Ontario Arts Council. Supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Our Hotel Partner for the conference was The Gladstone Hotel. Conference notebooks were generously supplied by Above Ground Art Supplies, Toronto.
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