Executive & Creative Director
Anahita Azrahimi is a seasoned arts manager and an arts maker. Bringing artists and audiences together to nurture the joy of engaging with art, has been the core of her arts management work for the past 15 years.
Currently, she is the Executive and Creative Director of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF), Canada’s leading outdoor art fair. In this role, she has reinvigorated the organization’s legacy through strengthening its infrastructure, building robust partnerships, and implementing essential new programs for artists and the public. Her experience as a visual artist has been instrumental in gaining a deeper understanding of the needs of independent artists and the community she serves. In response to the cancellation of the 59th TOAF, she devised an agile, tech-savvy plan to move their entire community of 350 artists online, maintaining their connection to the TOAF audience and economic livelihood with unprecedented success.
Anahita has experience working with a diverse range of organizations and artists in contemporary dance, theatre, and visual arts such as Creative Trust, Theatre Direct, and Dancemakers to name a few. She sits on the advisory board of the Arts Management program at Centennial College and the WeeFestival of Arts and Culture for Early Years. She has served on the board of Modern Times Stage Company, the steering committee of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts, and numerous juries including Dora Mavor Moore Awards - Dance section, Ontario Arts Council, Craft Ontario, and Design TO.
Ania Harmata is a visual artist and arts manager. Motivated by the idea of artists as entrepreneurs, Ania strives to empower and encourage opportunities for professional development for visual artists and makers. Ania holds an Honours BA and an Advanced Diploma in Art and Art History from the collaborative program between the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Most recently, she has completed a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from Centennial College. The 2021 season will be her fifth show with the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s largest and longest-running juried outdoor art event.
Communications & Marketing Lead
Carmel Garvez is a marketing and communications professional with over 6 years of experience working with arts organizations, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and more. Interested in community, design, and environmental sustainability, she currently writes for DesignTO and was formerly the Marketing and Communications Specialist at Harbourfront Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts & Science in English Literature and Book and Media Studies from the University of Toronto, and an alumna at Brainstation’s Digital Marketing and Ryerson University’s Publishing programs.
Marketing and Partnerships Advisor
Matt has contributed to Toronto's arts & culture community with many not-for-profit organizations including Art Spin, Small World Music, Wavelength Music and more. He piloted the marketing campaign and built the team for in/future, Toronto's new art and music festival held at Ontario Place in 2016. Matt led marketing and partnerships at TEDxToronto 2015 as Co-Chair. Matt also led communications and was the national spokesperson at Nintendo of Canada, marketing gaming experiences to families and kids.
Matt is currently the owner at Trip To The Moon, a Toronto-based marketing and communications company for arts & culture, entertainment and lifestyle, he is always learning from the teams and people he works with.
Artist Relations Support
Yi Tung (Lavender) Cheng. A recent graduate of Centennial College with a Post-Graduate Certificate of Arts Management. She also holds a degree in Archaeology. She considers herself motivated by passion, hard work, and creativity. As a museum practitioner, she has a longstanding interest in widening access to art by engaging visitors with diverse curatorial perspectives. Lavender is excited to be starting her career in Arts Management by combining her knowledge and love for museums.
Yvonne Mensah is an emerging arts manager with multiple years of experience working and volunteering in museums and non-profit organizations in Toronto such as the Aga Khan Museum, Bata Shoe Museum, BAND Gallery and more. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History-Heritage Management with a minor in Curatorial Studies from Ryerson University and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from Centennial College. Her interests lie in diverse contemporary and historical arts and developing her project management skills to contribute to community engaged exhibitions and programming that represent the historically underrepresented.
Wing Lam Leung
Marketing & Communications Support
Wing Lam Leung is an emerging arts manager and artist who graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough (HBA). TOAF60 is her third year supporting marketing and communications. Wing was the studio curator of ARTSIDEOUT 2020, and the finance and development lead of a student-led online art auction fundraiser initiative 'Spread Arts: The Pandemic Auction!' While her artistic practice is multidisciplinary, performance art interests her the most. She was awarded FADO Performance Time-based Award in 2019, and Digitial Art Award from the UTSC ACM department in 2021. Wing values creativity and inspiration, as she aspires to become a curator to open up meaningful conversations with the community.
Board of Directors
Alex Ciappara, Chair
Colleen Diamond, Secretary
Darcy Killeen, Treasurer
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