So you can get to know me better, here are some of the experiences that have influenced me and inform my direction as a consultant……
- most importantly, 40 years of non-stop art-making coming out of the artist-run, DIY tradition
- training as a mediator and facilitator
- I was honoured to be the only non-native member on the Steering Committee of the Three Fires Community Justice Program, the diversion program of the Niagara Regional Native Centre and served on its first Advisory Committee
- working as a consultant to the Visual Arts Office of the Ontario Arts Council and a Policy Analyst for the Ontario Ministry of Culture
- Executive Director of both St. Catharines and Area Arts Council and Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Ontario Chapter (CADA-ON)
- the stimulating environment at Centre for Social Innovation where CADA-ON was a tenant for 3 years – I would not have imagined the Microfinance of Artists Research Project without it
I initiated the project, Microfinance for Artists Research Project* because it has the potential to make real change in Ontario artists’ lives and work (which directly impacts on the larger cultural context and society). Highlights of my work as Executive Director of CADA-ON included working on Professional Standards for Dance, Version 2 & 3, which is the guide for contracts amongst independent dance artists, and talking to artist about the important of contracts. A highlight for me as ED of St. Catharines and Area Arts Council was program development including James St. Night of Art and development of community arts practices in St. Catharines. I played a major role in the development of the first municipal cultural policy for the City of St. Catharines in my position of Cultural Policy Corordinator.