an interactive new media project
Black Strathcona is an innovative, interactive new media project celebrating Vancouver’s vibrant Black community that flourished in the East End neighbourhood of Strathcona from the 1920′s to the 1970′s. The project consists of 10 short films, combining narration with rarely seen archival photographs and film, highlighting the rich cultural heritage of the community.
While a few blacks continued to live in Strathcona, by 1990 there was little left to indicate that there had ever been a black community there. Today, Greater Vancouver has a population of over 20,000 blacks who occupy the city at large, and hold no substantive claim to the old east side neighborhood. But for six decades, the black community in Strathcona thrived – producing world-class athletes, musicians, entertainers, restaurant and nightclubs owners, entrepreneurs, community builders and political activists.