3Dreads and a Baldhead Arts Education Program‏

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Saddi Khali – Black Love Through a Lens
“Saddi Khali is one of the most cutting edge photographers in the black community right now. His talents mean that he travels all over the USA and has recently returned from a trip to South Africa. His art breaks boundaries while at the same time redefining what we see as self love. His photography makes looking in the mirror a far more pleasurable experience, forcing many of us to love the skin we’re in.” – Soul Train
Howdy 3Dreads and a Baldhead Community!

We are extremely proud to announce the return to Ottawa of Saddi Khali as the 3Dreads and a Baldhead ‘Artist in Residence’ from November 18th – November 30th to support the launch of ourArts Education Program with Poet in Residence –  John Akpata and Mixed Media Artist in Resident Kalkidan Assefa!

These three gentlemen have stepped out on faith with us to support creating a possibility for Black youth and young adult engagement through the Arts.  We have already seen the power of this possibility with our ‘Dear Ottawa’ project and our Poetry Mentorship program.
We invite individuals, community groups and schools to book Saddi.  Come out and see YOUR beauty!
“Black people need to see images of ourselves with humanity.  Women beautiful regardless of size, shape, or complexion.  Men strong, sensitive, present and loving.  Parents and children caring and happy.  Couples in love in warm intimate moments.  Us as lovers, sensual and sexy but not nasty even when we’re nasty.  This is not to say that other folks don’t need to see themselves in certain uplifting ways….but, I don’t know those ways.  I DO know how my folks are being fooled by and misrepresented in arts and media and I DO know how it’s affecting us.  So, all the work I do is in the intention of combatting that.” – saddi khali
Please contact us at or visit to book a session with Saddi or to see his Photograph walk schedule with BeMore Academy!
Come and Meet our Art Educators at
Fall Down Art Gallery (288 Bank Street), Thursday, November 28th, 8:00pmas we celebrate the new work of our brother Kalkidan!

Kalkidan Assefa – Mixed Media Artist in Residence
Kalkidan Assefa is a mixed-media visual artist and certified Artist-Educator. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but raised in Canada since the age of five, Kalkidan was drawing from a young age and attended Ottawa’s Canterbury High School in the Visual Arts program before going on to study Political Science at York University. Specializing in portraiture, figurative, and iconographic paintings on canvas, he is also proficiently trained in technical drawing, ink studies, illustration, ceramics, photography, collaging and murals. Kalkidan’s work is rooted in the Afro-diasporic experience and issues of identity, interconnectedness, and cultural adaptation are prominent themes of his work. He has been creating and exhibiting regularly for the past 5 years, working on collaborative projects and group exhibitions in Toronto as well as Washington DC and most recently in London, England with SUPAFRIK 2013. His past exhibitions include ‘From The Soul’ at the Royal Ontario Museum, and ‘anOther Antilles’ Film and Installation as part of TD’s “Then And Now”  series. He currently lives and produces work in Ottawa.
For more info please visit





John Akpata – Poet in Residence

John Akpata has been our Poetry Mentor for the past two years and he is an “OG” of Ottawa’s Poetry communities.
     John Akpata is the host of ‘Monday Night Scribes’ on CHUO 89.1 FM. Since January of 2004, John has hosted writers, reciters, MCs, poets and storytellers, to perform their work live on the air. John mixes Hip hop, Reggae, Spoken Word and politics with his live guest. John was nominated for Ottawa’s Golden Cherry Award for ‘Best Radio Show’ in 2005.  He is a member of the winning team from the 2010 Canadian Spoken Word Festival.
His newly released CD “John Akpata: LIve at Mercury Lounge” is his most recent accomplishment in a long line of them that also includes having run for political office in four Federal Elections to represent Ottawa-Centre.



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