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About us

Adornment is a collective of Black women/femme youth artists, educators and change makers with in-depth community artist experience and wish to cultivate spaces for others like us to safely tell their stories.   

Our collective mission is to provide safer spaces for Black women/femme youth to discuss the issues that are impacting their mental health, develop self-love practices and increase earning capacity via digital arts education. As facilitators who live in the neighbourhoods we support, and share intersecting identities with participants, our objective is to develop a sustainable program/platform  that provides each participant with an increased skill, network and income to transform their personal stories.

How it started

“Adornment” as a project was birthed from a workshop tour in Toronto, New York and Detroit focused on media, arts and wellness.  After having many conversations and hearing Black women/youth share similar pain it sparked an idea in Tanya to create a safer space in her neighbourhood for healing and community building. Our main goal is to build collective care that reminds people there is transformation in our stories.


What we do

Adornment: Stories of Transformation is a 13 week project that walks a small cohort of participants through the reclamation of a story of their choice. Participants are provided the opportunity to develop a storyboard, re-write a moment of transformation and use make-up arts and digital media via photography to capture their story. Each participant will represent their story, transition/ reclamation and healing using beauty arts such as make-up artistry and hair artistry. Working collectively to create one unified content, participants will capture their stories, edit the content and release a body of work for the community to view.


Pilot Project Overview