sacred site

dambana's intention is to nurture communal participation with art as sacred and to support the creative life of bipoc (black, indigenous, people of colour) youth with roots in scarborough

we wish to support participants develop tools, skills, kinship, and resources to enkindle our trust in creating art, altars, and rituals that honour our ancestries and the indigenity of the lands we gather on


in this program in partnership with scarborough museum

  • we will be guided to create work inspired by themes and practices including astrology, community theatre, digital self-portraiture, breathwork, writing and land connection 

  • we will create art with the intention of honouring our histories and ancestries

  • we will be invited  to unpack setter colonial museum herstories

  • we will be invited to develop altars & rituals to honour our unique & collective creation stories 

  • work and playshops will offer guidance and skill-development to inform  creative practise

  • we will develop individual and community protocols to support consensual creative practise



  • research & creation stipend provided to selected participants

  • participants are expected to

    • participate in workshops & playshops

    • engage in self-directed research  around ancestral practices of ritual, art, and altar creation

    • create, contribute to & share individual and community altars in their mediums of choice

    • develop a protocol around respectfully creating and sharing sacred creative work

    • curate a community gathering to share their altars 

  • 9 workshop & creation sessions 

    • may - september

    • virtual gatherings may be organized based on need​

  • facilitators include

    • andrea mapili

    • aphiraa gowry

    • heran genene

    • sharrae lyon

    • shaunga tagore

    • xolisa jerome

    • heather clearwind

we are committed  to creating a safer space for youth with diverse experiences and needs to co-create art, care, and community connection in a good way. please let us know if you have any accessibility needs in the comments below





with your name + email

 100 words or a voice-note of why you are interested
and we will follow up with all participants


expression of interest

message us and we will send you an applications within 24 hours 


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