Dance | Musical Theatre
VISUAL ARTS | INSTALLATION
Visual Arts | PRintmaking
Astrid Ho is a visual artist focusing on abstract art and the personal narrative in printmaking. She co-founded Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (1996) and is an artist member of Open Studio. She has taught at Centre3 (Hamilton), McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg) and Open Studio (Toronto) among other locations. She was a recipient of Ontario Arts Council Access and Career Development Project Grant (2009) and is the board chair at Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO). Her various exhibitions include Harbourfront Centre, Open Studio (Toronto) and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery (Newfoundland). Her works are represented in various corporate and private collections including the Bank of Montreal, The Canada Council Art Bank, Global Affairs Canada and National Bank of Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University and studied in Florence, Italy under the OCAD Study-Abroad Program.
Paper Mache Sculptures
Pamela Schuller is a visual community artist, her concept of working with community is aligned with her personal art practice. In community arts, she is responsive to the needs of the participants as appropriate to each unique moment. Through the art making process, Pamela engages people with rhythm, rhyme, humour, and questions that generate imagination and creative action. Her intention is to cultivate a creative experience that engenders a sense of curiosity, trust, and joy. She feels that everything has a sound or a song. Combining visual arts, sounds, and songs together through the form of community arts is a collaboration that inspires
Painting | Indigenous Craft
Jennifer Chin is a visual artist and educator based in Toronto. She holds an Associate’s Diploma
from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a Masters in Fine Art from the University of
Windsor. She has exhibited her multi-disciplinary work across Canada and the U.S, and has
been an instructor and lecturer at various universities, independent schools and youth outreach
programs since 1999.
Azadeh Pirazimian is a multidisciplinary artist using visual arts and performance to express herself. Most of her works are based on her life experience. She offers a critical view of socio-political and cultural issues. While she uses different mediums and various techniques for each project, her methodology is consistent. She believes as an artist this is her responsibility. And her intention is shifting her audience’s attention to these subjects. Azadeh holds a BA in painting and a MA in Visual Communication and have been teaching visual arts for more than one decade while she keeps developing her artistic practice in painting and performance.
West African Dance
Jordan Laffrenier is a multidisciplinary director, writer, community builder and photographer. He is the artistic director of Then They Fight Theatre. Through his work Jordan creates theatre that is socially and stylistically relevant. He is an advocate for theatre that supports the local community on and off stage. Recent creative credits include: Amelie on Broadway (Lyric Theatre), Sousatzka (Tiberius Entertainment), Carbon (Little Black Afro) and The 101010 Project (Then They Fight Theatre).
Frances Potts is an emerging visual artist who is deeply inspired by the captivating night sky and universe, which surrounds us each night. She tries to incorporate the vast sea of stars into her works in unusual and surreal ways, to provoke thought and creativity. She is 20 years old and grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, where she works as an artist today. Frances enjoys working with the community wherever possible in her career. She found that are and the community have a symbiotic relationship; the community benefits from art opportunities through the revitalization of their neighbourhood, participation and/or collaboration, while artists benefit through compensation, promotion and gratification. She relishes in the positive interaction with people of all ages during these times.
Visual Arts | Sewing | Upcycling
Hand-made natural beauty products
Visual Arts | Mixed Media
Arts for Social Justice | PrintMaking | Mixed Media
Maureen Da Silva is a Toronto-based artist committed to an intersectional feminist practice. Her practice focuses on silk screen, lithography and relief, with forays into bookbinding. She has taken her love of print into the founding of the not-for-profit artist group, The inPrint Collective, of which she is the Managing Director. Through this collective, Maureen has been proud to showcase work in Scotiabank NuitBlanche (2012), Printopolis (2010), Culture Days (2010-present) and other spaces across the GTA. With inPrint, Maureen has also developed a number of projects with various community organizations across Toronto. A 2008 graduate of York University’s B.F.A program, Maureen has also completed her Masters of Arts at the University of Toronto (2009), as well as her Certificate in Museum Studies from the Ontario Museum Association (2013), and is the recipient of two OAC Exhibition Assistance grants. Her research in her Women and Gender Studies Master’s program focused on the politics of inclusion within feminist art collectives, an interest which brought Maureen into the Feminist Art Collective (FAC). Her own practice in feminism and printmaking, as well as the artistic wealth of her print community has inspired Maureen to a lifetime of creativity, non-stop learning and sharing.
Paddy (Puff Paddy)
Mixed Media Installation | Paper Craft | Drawing
Paddy Leung is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist and community arts facilitator. They are known for creating whimsical large-scale installations and window displays throughout the city. Paddy also seeks to introduce people of all ages to the joy of creating through D.I.Y. crafting workshops and community events.
Visual Arts | Painting
Painting | T-shirt Printing | Mixed MEdia
Latin Percussion | West African Drumming
Painting | Drawing
Arts for Social Justice | Murals | Installation
Murals | Drawing | Painting | Mixed Media
Tara is a visual artist passionate about arts education, collaborative art making, and murals, practices that bridge her backgrounds from a Bachelor of Fine Art in Drawing & Painting from OCAD University and a Community Arts Practice Certificate from York University. Tara loves to use storytelling, brainstorming, and playful art techniques like collage to encourage conversations, confidence and to bring many ideas together into action. Since 2011, Tara has worn many hats from artist, arts educator, facilitator, curator, arts administrator and project manager. She has had the opportunity to work and learn from art making experiences in libraries, schools, art galleries, community centres, seniors centres, skate parks, abandoned storefronts (you name it!) through projects in Toronto through opportunities with Vibe Arts, Nuit Blanche, Lakeshore Arts, Platform A, and East End Arts and in London, UK with groups like Entelechy Arts, Brockley Street Art Festival, Art Mongers and Lewisham Education Arts Network. Tara is currently the Program Director at Mural Routes.
Murals | Street Art | Aerosol Art
PAinting | Drawing
West-African Drumming | Drum making
Photography | PAinting
Murals | Spoken Word | Film | Environmental Arts
Based in Toronto, Vero Díaz is an artist that works in the realm of magic realism and indigenous futurism. She believes in the power of finding our ancestral aesthetic and crafting our own stories, especially to process and heal from ancestral wounds and present day urban realities. She believes in the decolonization path and the power of radical imagination as a force that brings collective actions and personal transformation. Her practice is grounded in her mixed roots from México. She integrates Maya, Mexica, and Cora indigenous art forms and ancestral knowledge with contemporary folklore in film, photography, performance, writing, and installation.
Her work has been shown in Harbourfront Centre, Gallery 44, Toronto Public Library, Artscape Youngplace, Sketch, World Pride, York University, Waterloo University, and Kitchener City Hall. Díaz mounted her first solo photography exhibition Inner Blooming at the Arcadia Gallery in 2017. She completed her Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) at York University in Latinx Transformation & Decolonial Art Practice. She is developing Red Surrender, a multidisciplinary bio-mythic piece created and performed in Watah Theatre. Her practice has been shared locally and internationally for 10 years in Canada, Costa Rica, and México.
Murals | Clay | Mixed MEdia
Sandra Tarantino, a resident of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts through Ontario College of Art and Design, as well as a Bachelor of Education. She has actively participates in the artistic community as Founder and Director of C1 art space (2004-10), Co-founding Director of AWOL Gallery and Studios Co-operative (1996-2012) and as a Visual Arts Instructor for organizations and schools including Vibe Arts (formerly AFCY, 2008- present) and Avenue Road Arts School (2012-present). She is a recipient of the Visual Artist Grant (2007, 2005, 2003), Exhibition Assistance Grant (2006, 2005) and Artist in Education Grant (2008-12) from the Ontario Arts Council. Tarantino’s artwork incorporates elements of both painting and sculptural modes through her shaped canvases, ceramic figurative pieces and other mixed media works. Her artwork is in private and corporate collections across Canada, U.S.A and Europe.
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