Team

 

anahita azrahimi
Executive Director
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anahita azrahimi is a visual artist and seasoned arts manager. Anahita is passionate about helping arts organizations and independent artists realize their goals and potential with high-impact and simple solutions. She has had the pleasure of working with great arts organizations 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 Theatre Direct’s International WeeFestival. She has served on the board of Modern Times Stage Company, the steering committee of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement, and as a juror for Dora Mavor Moore Awards - Dance section, and the Ontario Arts Council.

"As an independent artist who has worked to build her own business, I am as passionate as one can be about opportunities that celebrate artistic excellence, help nurture an artist’s entrepreneurial spirit, and encourage public accessibility to fabulous art. It’s even better if these opportunities don’t cost an arm and a leg to participate in! Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is all those things and more. I am excited to work with a stellar team to help this incredible organization continue to flourish and grow."

Rachel Fender
Volunteer Coordinator
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Rachel is an event programmer, volunteer coordinator and project manager whose primary focus is facilitating local, accessible engagement with diverse and innovative arts and culture. She commonly works on several Toronto-wide events, mostly recently as Programming Project Manager for Toronto for Everyone an Honest Farewell. Annually, she works on Nuit Blanche Toronto and Doors Open Toronto. Delving briefly into the education sector as Lead Event Coordinator for the Office of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University, she returned to the arts as a volunteer for Story Planet, enabling child and youth access to the arts. Finding volunteerism as a deeply meaningful way to engage with the arts Rachel began volunteer managing. She coordinated the amazing volunteers for The SummerWorks Performance Festival in 2016. She is currently the Operations and Events Coordinator for Scarborough Arts and ever passionate about the transformative quality of the arts.

Ania Harmata
Artist Relations Coordinator
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Ania Harmata is a visual artist, emerging arts manager, and an avid camping enthusiast. Born in Toronto, but raised in the ‘burbs of Mississauga, she has explored roles in retail, office management, administration, as well as arts education. She is a graduate of the collaborative Art and Art History program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College in Oakville and has recently completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Arts Management at Centennial College. Ania is thrilled to join the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition team as the new Artist Relations Coordinator and to get to know all the 2017 artists.

 

Haja Raparison
Communications Coordinator
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Haja Raparison is a Montreal ex-pat making his way in Toronto. He studied Public Relations and Marketing at UQAM in Montreal. He worked as a Communication Manager for MassivArt, a creative agency that amplifies corporate strategies through art. Looking for more action, he became the Communications Director of Chromatic, a major immersive arts festival in Quebec's largest city for two consecutive years. He moved in Toronto in 2016 and began forging his path at a PR agency. Missing the excitement and his love and hate relationship with the arts festival world, he joined the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition team to spread the word, one social media post and media pitch at a time.

Julia Rocchi
Logistics & Operations Manager
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Julia Rocchi is a Toronto-based producer, art and events Manager. Julia teamed up with TOAE in 2016, and is delighted to return to the scene as the Logistics & Operations Manager for 2017. She has been working in the Toronto arts community since as a project manager, arts coordinator, technical and production manager, festival manager and independent theatre producer. Julia has produced stage works for the Toronto Fringe Festival and Theatre Bassaris, and has worked for the Toronto International Film Festival, the Harbourfront Centre, and Yonge-Dundas Square. Julia combines her management skills and passion for making art inclusive and accessible through her work with the ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival.

Ashley Watson
Art Encounters Coordinator

Ashley Watson is an arts administrator and arts educator with a proven commitment to improving the availability of the arts to diverse audiences. Ashley is a graduate of University of Toronto’s Arts Management BA program and has a MFA from the University of Leicester in Art Museum and Gallery Studies. Her academic knowledge is supported by over five years of professional experience working in the arts and cultural sector most recently as the Curator at Humber Galleries and as a sessional faculty in the Arts Management program at the University of Toronto.  She also relishes her time spent in the garden, riding horses and rock picking.

Matt Ryan
Marketing Strategist

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. He also led communications and was the national spokesperson at Nintendo of Canada, marketing gaming experiences to families and kids. Matt is currently the owner of 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.

Karen Lorenowicz
Publicist

Karen Lorenowicz is a communications specialist with more than 20 years professional experience in the not-for-profit sector. She is skilled in the development and implementation of integrated communication strategies that leverage marketing plans and ultimately achieve corporate branding objectives. She has managed more than 100 media campaigns covering a wide spectrum of events including performing arts productions, product launches, galas and fundraising events, national and international tours, and award presentations. In 2000, she launched KL Strategic Communications, serving clients in the performing arts, government and social services sectors. She is a former faculty member of Humber College where she taught Media Management for the Arts Administration - Cultural Management Program.

Onsite Logistics Supervisor
Cassy Zaccolo

Interns
Tiffany Zhan
Lydia Connor

Bookkeeper
Heather Campbell

Board of Directors 

Chair
Alex Ciappara

Secretary 
Sandy Stephens

Susan Card
Carrie Chisholm
Charles Collins
Kelly Dickinson
Harry Enchin
Brett Ledger
Sara Levine Petroff
Frances Patella
Samantha Rodin
Marjolyn van der Hart
 

For information about the Board of Directors, to get involved with the Board of Directors, or to contact the Board of Directors, please email [email protected].