Three artists will compete to design Blackhurst Cultural Centre new logo


The People’s Residence, a non-profit that amplifies the legacy of African and Caribbean ancestry, will launch its bold new logo design. This community

engagement initiative was launched in August to support the change in its name

(formerly A Different Booklist Cultural Centre) announced earlier this year.

Through community voting and a selection process by a panel of jurors, three final

selections were chosen from local artists: Kanna Anigbogu, Marley Berot and

Ahmad Jordan. The panel was made up of visual artists Michael C. Gibson, Mosa McNeilly, and Mark Stoddart, along with educator Emily Chan, and policy advisor LaShawn Murray.

“When we spoke about having the community participate in the process, design and ultimate selection of our new logo some said we were crazy. I am so deeply moved and proud to see the community come out and support us again as we make this step into our bright future,” said Itah Sadu, Managing Director. “The winning logo submission will adorn our new home at 756 Bathurst St, in the newly revitalized Mirvish Village.”

The designer of the winning logo will be granted an artist in residence position for the (2023/2024) year at Blackhurst Cultural Centre, and will receive a $1500

grant, an art exhibition within the new BCC centre, and an opportunity to design a range of products that will be sold through the website and at the physical center.

The selection process was a combination of community voting and (Design Panel) judge selection. A feedback and revision process was incorporated into the project to ensure that the logo encapsulates not only the spirit but also the legacy of the Blackhurst Cultural Centre.

This is part of Blackhurst’s rebranding initiative to match its new digs. The organization continues to foster the spirit of providing opportunities to Canadians and visitors to Canada to engage with proud stories from the African and Caribbean communities through literature, music, drama, arts and visual arts.