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 2022 season will be her sixth show with the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s largest and longest-running juried outdoor art event.
Abisola is an emerging curator and interdisciplinary artist. Through her discourse, she investigates visual and cultural criticism from a philosophical perspective. In collaboration with TOAF during their 60th Anniversary year, she curated the emerging artists exhibition, BEING+. In her own artwork, she works through the image-making processes of performance and video art, photography, and digital art. Presently, Abisola is completing an undergraduate degree in Visual Culture at the University of Waterloo.
Carlos A. Garcia
Carlos is an immigrant from Mexico, where he studied a bachelor’s in Communications, focusing on Cinema and Documentary Production as well as Audio Engineering. He has experience in different roles within the audiovisual field, ranging from Video and Audio Editor to location manager and producer for national T.V. Ads. He is currently pursuing the Arts Management post-grad program at Centennial College. Carlos is joining the TOAF production team for the 2022 edition with a strong inclination for arts management.
Artist Relations & Administrative Coordinator
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.
Madeline McKinnell (she/her) strives to create accessible spaces that inform creativity in her work as a production manager, technical director, stage manager, designer, and puppeteer. Most recently, Madeline has been a production manager for SummerWork's Progress Festival, TransenDance Project’s A Grimm Night, and for Harbourfront Centre. Madeline has been facilitating art in unconventional spaces for over five years and believes that compassionate and thoughtful collective creation will foster a safer and community-driven future. She is a graduate of Concordia University’s Design and Production for the Theatre program.
Patrick is an industry veteran having worked in most mediums of the performing arts for three decades. Starting in the live music scene, he has transitioned his skills & knowledge successfully into dance, theatre & special events throughout his career. Realizing artistic & client visions is what he does best and Patrick enjoys working with teams of all sizes on projects ranging from solo artist performances to multi-day / multi-disciplinary festivals & special events. Every project is a fresh opportunity to continue learning and growing & Patrick is happy to come on board to PM the 61st edition of the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Rachel Stableford is a Visual Artist, Art Educator and Arts Manager. An arts advocate, she is passionate about accessibility, inclusion and the transformative nature of the arts. Rachel studied Visual Art through the BFA program at York University and also graduated from Centennial’s Art Management program with high honours. She has since worked for an array of arts organizations across Toronto including; Toronto Arts Foundation, Toronto International Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Project Humanity to name a few. Rachel is excited to join the TOAF team and to help provide a one of a kind and memorable experience for all at the 61st annual Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.
Board of Directors
Jini Stolk, Chair
Colleen Diamond, Secretary
Darcy Killeen, Treasurer
Tiana Koffler Boyman
Honourary Chairs of the 60th Anniversary Committee
The Koffler Family
Barking Dog Studios