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TOAF's Team


anahita azrahimi
Executive & Creative Director
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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
Operations Manager
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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.

 

Carmel Garvez
Communications & Marketing Lead
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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.


Lavender Cheng
Artist Relations & Administrative Coordinator
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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.

 

Christina DiPaola
Event Coordinator
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Over the past five years Christina’s work in public programming and events in arts and culture has taken her all over southern Ontario. With a love for working in the non-profit arts sector, she received a post-graduate certification in Arts Management from Centennial College to complement her Bachelor of Arts with Honours from The University of Waterloo, and she intends to complete a Masters program in Curatorial Studies in the coming years.

Christina is passionate about making contemporary art more accessible, supporting artists, and working with others to achieve goals. She enjoys film criticism, travel, and has a collection of nearly 300 CDs. As a repeat TOAF volunteer and visitor, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the team at TOAF while in this position.

Aleena Derohanian
Communications & Outreach Support
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Aleena is a multi-disciplinary artist currently studying in OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program. Her work explores a wide range of materials and practices and is known for its bright colours and appeal. She was recently a full time artist-in-residence at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, where she spread her love for all things craft- and making-related through working with local guilds and teaching classes to the public. Aleena has exhibited across Canada, the United States, and Europe, and has received numerous awards for her work. She is excited about working for organizations that help to bridge the gap between artists and their local communities, making art accessible to the public, and supporting working artists. 

 

Board of Directors 

Jini Stolk, Chair
Colleen Diamond, Secretary
Harry Enchin
Darcy Killeen, Treasurer
Brett Ledger
Robert Mitchell
Sandra Stephens

Advisory Circle

Tiana Koffler Boyman
Yvonne Fleck
Anthony Sargent

Honourary Chairs of the 60th Anniversary Committee

The Koffler Family

Graphic Design

Monnet Design

Bookkeepers

Heather Campbell
Sheryl Covey

Website Development

Barking Dog Studios

Media Inquiries

Carmel Garvez
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60th Anniversary Lead Patron

Public Funders

Special Initiative Supporters

Major Award Partners

Award Supporters

In-Kind Sponsors

Programming Partners

Media Partners

Community Partners