Canada’s diplomatic missions in the United States are proud to partner with the Toronto-based Social Distancing Festival to present a new collaborative, interdisciplinary series called Connecting Perspectives: A Cross-Border Art Initiative, which will bring together artists who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour (BIPOC) in Canada and the United States to create collaborative projects that draw inspiration from the theme “Art Today”.

Like so much else, the art world has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists and creatives, particularly BIPOC artists, have been severely impacted by the turbulence and uncertainty of the crisis. Connecting Perspectives aims to reflect this time of change, loss, and hope— and will spotlight visual artists, choreographers, composers/musicians, poets, and spoken word artists who are enthusiastic about collaborating on new art and who can embrace the digital exhibition of their work.