The City of Markham and its Race Relations Committee has a longstanding commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion and social cohesion. As part of this commitment and its support for the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Markham presents the Many Faces of Markham initiative each year.
This year featured an art contest for young people in Markham to submit work around the theme, Working Together to Confront Anti-Black Racism, in four categories; writing, video, artwork and spoken word. The contest was open to kids as young as kindergarteners right up to grade 12.
This year there were 264 submissions. Congratulations should go not just to the 2021 winners, but to all who entered. All submissions and the winning entries can be viewed via Markham.ca/ManyFaces
Now in its 22nd year, Many Faces of Markham has inspired young artists to tackle many diverse themes since 1999. Past themes have included, Aboriginal Voices: Voices from the Past, Present and Future, Eliminating Exclusion, and Journey to Markham: Past, Present and Future.
Two decades and thousands of entries later, the winners still stand as excellent examples of the talent, passion, and insight that will lead Markham generations into the future.