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, 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.
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 has been a juror for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards - Dance section, and the Ontario Arts Council.
“I am humbled by how my worldview is constantly broadened and challenged through engaging with different art forms and art makers. I passionately believe that everyone should have access to high quality art. Simply because it is one of our most beautiful human expressions! I feel incredibly lucky and honoured to be with the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, where we can facilitate direct engagement between artists and the public on such a grand scale and in the most welcoming and accessible way.”
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 2020 season will be her fourth 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.
Jane Van Rooyen
Jane is a Theatre artist and a Logistics Coordinator. With a broad history working in events, from Nuit Blanche to Fringe festivals, live music and hospitality, you could say she’s a ‘Jane of all trades’. With a BA in Theatre from the University of Ottawa and a Diploma in Event Management from Humber College, Jane thrives in the Behind-the-Scenes world of the arts, pulling all the pieces together, putting out the fires, and doing all the heavy lifting to make it all happen. Jane is thrilled to be returning to Toronto Outdoor Art Fair for a third year working with this amazing team and group of artists.
Gifts of Heart Campaign - Project Lead
Carrie Chisholm, AOCAD, MFA is an award-winning artist and communications professional who draws inspiration from her engagement with arts and culture communities and institutions at home and abroad. She is a strong proponent for capacity building in the culture sector and has made valuable contributions through events/project/operations management, governance, programming, marketing and research and development. When not championing her cause, Carrie methodically devotes her time to her mixed media art practice, interspersing drawing/painting and sculpture applications.
Communications and Artist Relations Support
Yi Tung (Lavender) Cheng. A recent graduate of Centennial College with 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.
Wing Lam Leung
Communications & Outreach Support
Studying Arts Management, Curatorial Studies and Studio, Wing is a final year undergrad at the U of T. With continual involvement with TOAF since 2019, she finds herself avid of the TOAF community as well as the visual arts field. She is passionately dedicated to her multifaceted career path as an artist, an arts manager and a curator.
Communications & Outreach Support
Bethany Lam, a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, is studying in both Arts Management and Studio program. She is committed to the contribution to the Canadian arts industry. With the passion for making connections, she has been providing support services to the ingenious artists with Toronto Outdoor Art Fair since 2019. Also interested in creating artworks, she is an award-winning artist herself. Holding the FADO Performance and Time-based Art Prize, and the Outstanding Work by a Second Year Student at the University of Toronto.
For media inquiries please contact:
Karli Kachur, Brill Communications
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Board of Directors
Alex Ciappara, Chair
Sandy Stephens, Secretary
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