Dae Shields

Festival Partner

Dae Shields is the founder and Executive Director of Afro Van Connect Society, Community Advocate, Designer and Curator. She is dedicated to spreading awareness about the injustice that African communities face and to show the impact that people of African descent have on Canadian culture, and cultures around the world.

Dae began Afro Van Connect April 2019 to create a platform for young creatives to come and express themselves. These BLACK SPACES allow young creatives to come and express themselves, share ideas and connect. They are established to create opportunities for people of African Descent to access equipment, education, training, networks, and opportunities, empowering them to creatively and economically flourish, building on their unique gifts and perspectives from their heritage and diaspora cultural experiences.