Black2TheFuture is a residency and mentorship program that merges the realms of art, technology, and Afrofuturism. It aims to empower and uplift Black media artists (audio, video, animation, multimedia, transmedia, technology-based art, fashion, performance, installation, etc.), offering them a space to explore their creative potential and envision a world where the past and present converge to conceptualize new futures.

Through personalized mentorship sessions, tailored workshops, and access to Emmedia's production space and equipment, selected artists will be equipped with the tools and knowledge to bring their artistic visions to life. The program will culminate in a collective exhibition with engaging events such as an artist talk, an exhibition opening reception for the artists to share their work with the broader community.

Residency will take place on 02 September 2024 - 31 October 2024.


  • Access to EMMEDIA's production space including: 27 x 32 feet blacked-out space with track lighting, projector screen, sound system, loading bay and many other features
  • Artist fees at CARFAC rate for the exhibition and artist talk up to $960
  • One post-production suite with Windows 10 Pro
  • One post-production suite with iMac 2019
  • Sound recording booth
  • Access to state-of-the-art media equipment including: Professional video cameras and accessories, lighting,
    grip, sound recording equipment, projectors, etc.
  • Professional software like Adobe CC, Final Cut Pro X, Da Vinci Resolve, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, etc.
  • Mentorship with an experienced media artist
  • Media arts workshops to gain specialized skills
  • Peer learning and opportunities for collaboration
  • Career networking
  • Group exhibition open to the public to showcase the final work
  • Portfolio review during the selection process

Deadline to Apply: July 30th, 2024

 Submit your application

Application Process


The call is open to Black emerging media artists aged 18+.

Arts and community organizations, collectives, artists and community members can also nominate a Black media artist.


Nominations and expressions of interest should be sent via email to by July 30th.

Applications should include:

  • Artist name, email address, phone number, city of residence,
  • The artistic discipline(s),
  • A portfolio or at least 5 images/videos of the artist’s work,
  • A few words about the artist’s experience with media arts or related disciplines, their interest in Afrofuturism, their goals and their motivation to participate in this project.

All applicants will be invited to participate in an interview where they will receive a portfolio review and feedback.

The 5 emerging Black artists selected for the residency will be notified by email in early August.

Thank you to our funders Canada Council for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development and Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Curated By: Diane Din Ebongue

Supported By: Calgary Arts Development

About the Curator

Diane Din Ebongue is a Cameroonian-born and French-raised interdisciplinary artist and curator passionate about intangible cultural heritage, empowerment processes and knowledge-sharing through arts. Her curatorial experience spans across continents, with roles such as leading an indigenous-owned art centre and gallery in Australia, curating a series of public art exhibitions articulating mixed media and digital experiences in Downtown Marseille (south of France), as well as showcasing a collection of participatory artworks advocating for human rights in Cameroon during the first world conference held by the International Council on Archives in Africa.