Black History Month: Onah

History. In the making!

In February 2023, Jimmy Baptiste’s stunning Afrofuturist artwork Onah was featured on the Kipnes Lantern. The Haitian-Canadian artist’s work was specially commissioned by the NAC for Black History Month.

Best known as a graffiti and muralist artist, Jimmy Baptiste has also been working with youth for nearly 20 years on mural projects in Montréal, in Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada. The 43-year-old community engaged artist also travels once a year to First Nations communities to work with them on various art projects.

Onah Jimmy Baptiste
Onah Jimmy Baptiste
Onah Jimmy Baptiste

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