About

Vision

Strengthening and enlivening communities through inclusive art activities

 

Mission

Art Ignite provides free or low-cost visual art workshops and exhibitions catering mainly to Flemingdon Park residents. Many of these residents are new immigrants living in low-income households with limited access to art activities. Led by professional artists, these activities aim to transform community spaces into creative hubs where residents can unleash their imaginations, connect with their community, gain skills, and become leaders of change.

 

Values

Openness
Offering art workshops and exhibitions that are accessible to a diverse range of audiences, and free of socio economic barriers
Harmony
Cherishing differences, without which there would be no growth or excitement
Wonder
Cultivating wild ideas and imaginations, which are vital to envisioning and developing positive change
Connectedness
Bridging the distance between Flemingdon Park residents and the wider Toronto community
Growth
Developing participants’ confidence in their roles as artists and community builders

Our Team

CORE STAFF

TASNEEM DAIRYWALA
Founder | Executive Director

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Tasneem is an award-winning contemporary visual artist and educator. She holds a BFA from OCAD University and has over 8 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.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OWAIS LIGHTWALA
Board Chair

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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 JOHNSON
Board Member
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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 SALLAY
Treasurer

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.