Founder | Executive Director
Tasneem is an award-winning contemporary visual artist and educator. She holds a BFA from OCAD University and has over 9 years of experience in arts programming. Her work stems from the belief that art has the power to overcome ethnocultural boundaries that divide us. That is why she finds it so important to use her knowledge as an artist to connect and empower people. You can visit http://www.tasneemdairywala.com to view her artwork.
Program & Outreach Manager
Cecília holds a BFA in film studies and has built a diverse portfolio working in the Brazilian film industry. After arriving in Canada in 2014, she received a diploma in arts management from Western University and has since volunteered with multiple arts organizations in Toronto. Currently, Cecília works at North York Arts, and Queen Gallery. She is thrilled to be at Art Ignite to help to build communities through the arts.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Owais is a theatre artist, producer, and designer for Why Not Theatre. He has produced sold-out award-winning new works internationally and worked with various arts and cultural organizations as a producing consultant. Outside of his producing work, he is an active theatre maker. He is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Production and Design program and Harvard Business School’s “CORe: Credential of Readiness” certificate program.
Alannah is an artist and educator with a love for diasporic storytelling, community building, and engagement. Raised in Toronto’s Little Jamaica neighbourhood and a descendant of Grenadian and Jamaican ancestry, she has started an archival remapping project called Entangled, that documents erasure and resilience of black diasporic Canadian history through cloth and local narratives. She is also a Coordinator at The Regent Park Film Festival and holds a BA in Gender Studies and Politics from Queen’s University.
Dan is an independent accounting practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients both in the nonprofit and business sectors. He has worked with the fiscal aspects of projects funded by the Trillium Foundation, OAC, TAC, Heritage Canada and private foundations. He has also prepared CADAC reports and project budgets for various organizations.