acts of upliftment

MAY 13, 2021 - 3PM EST


acts of upliftment

There's a reason they call it the beautiful struggle. We take a closer look at three approaches to elevating our communities. These projects visibilize, validate, inspire and activate. Presentations on process followed by Q&A.


piece of mine arts

PIECE OF MINE Arts presents original works created by artists of the African Diaspora, in addition to youth programming that explores African Canadian narratives. Based in Toronto, Canada, the company platforms bold pieces in development as well as mainstage plays. We nurture opportunities for the growth and preservation of legacy.

sapphire woods

Black of Caribbean heritage, Sapphire is a queer, gender-expansive world-builder and Truthteller. Their life purpose and various work opportunities align in co-imagining, building with, and advocating for ACB queertrans community. Sapphire finessed York University for their Master’s of Education to support their brilliance behind building dope Black-centered programming in non-profit and educational institutions. Sapphire loves quiet, trees and believes Black radical rest charges our superpowers. With that being said, Sapphire takes a lot of naps, likes to hang out with they Granny on the phone and prefers tea to coffee.


Ophira Calof (She/They) is a multi award winning Disabled writer, performer, and producer. Her work weaves together music, comedy, and storytelling, centring disability and chronic illness experience. They co-created the sketch comedy revue Generally Hospital, and her solo show, Literally Titanium, recently premiered at the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival. Ophira also works as a curator, workshop facilitator, consultant, and keynote speaker with projects including COVID-19 through a Disability Lens: Storytelling and Filmmaking Project, and Making Space: Stories of Disabled Youth in the GTA.