Arts Impact Study

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Research Team St. James Town

Sara Mohammed is a mixed-race mask maker. She presently works in women’s health research and is also finishing up her masters in Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.

Benjamin Edelberg is a Toronto-based film maker and mixed-media artist. He is a graduate of Ryerson Image Arts Program and is currently completing his MFA at OCADU.

Zita Nyarady is a dance-theatre artist, stilt walker and PhD student in Theatre Studies at York University.

Ida Sharma Dhungana is from Nepal and currently lives in St. James Town. She has a bachelor degree in Social Science and training in community engagement and leadership development. In Nepal, she worked as a trainer, facilitator, and researcher and since coming to Canada has worked on a variety of community initiatives including a community index of wellbeing.

Research Team Weston Mount Denise

Colanthony Humphrey is the twenty-something year old artist from the Weston community. Graduating from Humber College with a B.A. in Creative Advertising, Colanthony busies himself with music composition/performance, the arts, media, and the west side of Toronto.

Mary MacDonald is an artist and curator hailing from Pictou, Nova Scotia. At present she is studying towards a MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University. Her research interests include working with communities to present contemporary art in rural places and performative, participatory art works.

Benton McKnight is completing an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts Cultural Studies at York University. Benton has a keen interest in community-engaged arts and is enrolled in York’s Community Arts Practice certificate program.

Amy Gaizauskas is a Criticism and Cultural Practices student at OCAD University. Currently, she is working on a project that tracks representations of the AK-476 assault rifle around the globe.

Malvern Research Team

Aden Abebe is an artist, student and a community leader in Scarborough. Currently completing her Bachelor degree in International Development Studies at the University of Toronto, Aden has a passion for documentary photography and advocacy for youth and new immigrant communities. In the future she plans to work abroad as a photojournalist and community support worker in the Eastern hemisphere.

Naila Laliji is a under graduate student at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and a student in the Community Arts Practice program. She is a visual artists focusing on collage and assemblage work.

Katherine Dennis is a second year Masters candidate in OCAD University’s Criticism & Curatorial Practices program. Her thesis research focuses on the interaction amongst art, artists and audience through a collaborative curatorial strategy that is based in curating, education and artistic practices.

Poster - St James Town

Poster - Artists of St James Town

Poster - Malvern

Poster - Malvern Youth Artist Workshop

Arts Impact Study Presentation

Download the study report that was presented at the Collaborators' Meeting on Wednesday June 6, 2012 at Toronto Arts Foundation. It is saved as a PDF file.