FANNY MARTIN, Executive Director / Artistic Producer
Fanny Martin is the founder of ‘think-and-do’ platform Art of Festivals. Her work is focused on shaping cultural strategies, engaging people in the public space, designing arts-based learning programmes and creating experiences with artists, educators, academics, technologists and communities that disrupt and enchant the everyday.
Born and educated in France, where she completed an MA in Interdisciplinary Art Theory and an MSc in Business Management, Fanny spent 10 years in the UK (Manchester, Liverpool, London) working both as a creative producer for live music and art in the public space and as a consultant leading on sector-building initiatives and organisational development planning. She was selected as a TRAVERS Artist in 2019, a Danish-based cross-disciplinary international artistic residency.
In Toronto, she has managed events, programs and projects for organisations of various sizes and disciplines, from art & science symposium Subtle Technologies to literature mentoring charity Diaspora Dialogues, civic engagement global movement Jane’s Walk, multidisciplinary festival Luminato and Local Arts Service Organization North York Arts. She is Chair of Theatre Direct Canada (theatre for young audiences) and of the Marketing & Communications Committee of Arts Consultants Canada / Consultants canadiens en arts.
BRIDGET MACINTOSH, Creative Associate
Creative Director | Principal Strategist , Bridget MacIntosh & Associates
Bridget’s strategic work blends her love of culture and cities together. She has held senior cultural policy and programming management positions with the cities of Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton with portfolios spanning arts, events, public art, grants, partnerships and cultural planning initiatives. She has written about government workforce innovation for Municipal World Magazine and has shared her award-winning expertise and experiences as a frequent guest speaker at numerous conferences, educational institutions and mentorship programs. She has been named a Top 40 Under 40 Hamilton Business Leader and was the only Canadian selected as a 2018 NextCity Vanguard Fellow.
Her consultancy work has involved cultural planning collaborations with MDB Insights, piloting Mass Culture’s Digital Gatherings which have brought cultural practitioners together from across the country to discuss issues facing the sector, management work with major events such as Nuit Blanche Toronto and work with the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) as a presenter of their Diversity and Drivers of Arts Attendance research and Navigator for their upcoming Linked Digital Futures project to foster digital collaboration in the live performing arts sector.
As a passionate arts advocate, her extensive committee and board work currently includes the Canadian Arts Coalition Research & Policy Committee focusing on Creative Canada / cultural diplomacy and international trade initiatives, Project for Public Spaces’ Placemaking Leadership Council and serving as a director for foldA (Festival of Live Digital Art) and Industry – a Hamilton based performing arts collective.
METTE SLOT JOHNSEN, Creative Associate
Mette Slot Johnsen is a London based Danish artistic producer/ writer/ event programmer/ live music and performance coordinator, with an education background in a BA. Hons in Media & Cultural Studies from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. This degree included writing a dissertation in Popular Musicology on Danish government funding of non-classical music. Since moving to London in 2006 she has been working in Danish music project managing and producing a series of showcases, been a venue programmer at Kings Place, produced concerts for EFG – London Jazz Festival and worked for various music booking agencies, venues, promoters and festivals including End of The Road Festival.
RANI SANDERSON, Creative Associate
Director, StoryCentre Canada
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
HELENA GRDADOLNIK, Chair
Architect; Public Art Expert
Helena Grdadolnik is a Director of Workshop Architecture, an architecture and urban design studio based in Toronto that also specializes in cultural planning, public art and urban interventions. Helena leads the studio’s urban design work, creative and cultural projects.
Her project highlights include: developing a national public engagement project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; creating a public art program for the City of Mississauga; initiating the Green Line hydro-corridor park project in Toronto; and working with Partners in Art to develop LandMarks2017, a multi-disciplinary cross-Canada arts project for Canada150. Helena volunteers her time with many boards including the Toronto Society of Architects Executive Committee, Active Neighbourhoods Canada Advisory, City of Toronto Public Art Commission and the Creative City Network of Canada’s Public Art Network Advisory. Helena is the co-author of Towards an Ethical Architect and has lectured at the University of Toronto, OCADU, University of British Columbia and Emily Carr University.
She studied architecture at the University of Waterloo, where her Master’s thesis was recognized with the RAIC gold medal in 2002.
PETER MARTIN, Treasurer
Entrepreneur; Hospitality & Sales Executive; Musical Instrument Technologist
DEBORAH BREWSTER, Secretary
Media & Events Specialist