The Magic Project

An Evening of Discussing Art, Activism and Race Relations

Presented by Eyelevel: Food for Thoughts

The Y Lofts, Charlottetown, PEI

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 8pm - 11pm


For this talk, Kate and Emma (The Magic Project) will be focusing on themes surrounding art, activism and race relations in the discussion. They are interested in engaging with other activists and artists from throughout the country to speak about the systemic obstacles and disadvantages that keep artistic opportunities, skills, and youth programming from marginalized communities in Halifax and other parts of Canada. Attendees will gather with the artists for a late evening of catered local hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. This talk will take place over 3 hours, and will be structured as a back-and-forth discussion between the artists and the participants.


Kate Macdonald and Emma Paulson are two artists and activists based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kate Macdonald studied Performance Acting at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON and Emma Paulson is currently working on completing her schooling in the Gender and Women’s Studies program at Dalhousie University. Together they founded the Magic Project in late 2016 as a response to the election of Donald Trump. The Magic Project aims to bring the voices and experiences of marginalized communities to the forefront of social media and community discussion. Artistic events and community discussions form the basis of their practice as activists and organizers. Recent photo events, aim to break down stereotypes of oppressed communities, include Black Girls are Magic which (photographer Joy Tagboto), Black Kings are Magic (photographer Chudi Harris), and Queer People are Magic (photographer Helena Darling). The Magic Project also hosted Transparent, a community discussion about issues faced locally and globally by young black men. This event featured multidisciplinary artistic contributions from leading artists in the community, and is reflective of the breadth of their commitment to art and activism in Halifax. Currently they are holding the positions as Youth Facilitators at The Uniacke Community Centre in partnership with iMove and Heartwood.