Call for Black Workman Arts Member Panelists for AROBA on March 1, 2021

“A Room Of Black Artists: Black Mental Health Symposium and Action” (AROBA) is the first of an annual symposium that promotes Black mental wellness in the arts community. AROBA advocates wellness in Black communities by increasing awareness and reducing stigma around Black mental health issues. Our target audience for the symposium is Black artists, media professionals, filmmakers, and creators to gather to learn through a series of panel discussions about mental wellness and the labels associated with it.

We are seeking folks to participate in the capacity of panelists for up to an hour and thirty minutes (1hr 30mins) of discussions. Selected panelists will receive an honorarium for their time and contribution.

To participate, you must:

  • Be a Workman Arts Member
  • Self identify as a Black Artist
  • Have an active arts practice and a body of work to speak to.
  • You must be willing to speak openly in a public forum about how your art impacts your well-being and how your well-being impacts your art.

If you are interested please submit a brief paragraph (150-250) words about yourself, your practice and statement of interest using the following writing prompts to the following email address:

Q.1 Please identify your art practice (Performer, Visual Artist, Writer, Filmmaker, etc.)
Q.2 How do you as a Black Artist confront anti-Black racism, and protect your mental health and your art practice?
Q.3 Does anxiety manifest itself within your life and how does it affect your ability to produce work as an artist?

Applicants will be contacted within the week of Monday, January 25th for the selection process as well as to provide those selected with further details regarding the event

We would like to thank everyone for their interest in participating and we will have more opportunities for collaboration in the near future!

Deadline: January 21, 2021, 11:59 PM ET

For Questions Please Contact:
Kais Padamshi
Interim Public Programming and Partnerships Manager
416-583-4339, ext. 4


January 21, 2021, 5:00 PM ET