Allie is ArtReach's Program Manager and has nearly a decade of experience working in the non-profit sector. She's also an administrator, database manager, grant writer, bibliophile, writer, and dog mom. She has a Bachelor's degree in social work with a focus on gender diversity studies and psychology, and her work is rooted in anti-oppressive practice, critical anti-racism, and processes of decolonizing. She has worked for and volunteered with organizations like Sketch Working Arts, Pride Toronto, AVNU, Social Planning Toronto, MyStand, Feed the Need, Community Care, and the Boys and Girls Club, among others.
Renato is ArtReach’s Program Coordinator, and brings over 3 years of community work experience, as well as his lived experience immigrating from Peru to Canada to the role. He is a graduate of George Brown’s Community Worker Program, and Humber’s Music Business Postgraduate Program, and has experience working with various underserved communities through organizations such as the Daily Bread Food Bank and Acclaim Health. Renato is also a musician, an avid record collector, and a firm believer that the arts have the power to unify and transform communities.
grant review team
The Grant Review Team (GRT) reviews applications for funding and makes the funding recommendations for ArtReach. The GRT is made up of a group of qualified volunteers with extensive experience in youth engagement through the arts, and includes young artists and community workers from across the City experienced in a wide variety of artistic disciplines.
Randell Adjei is an entrepreneur, speaker, and spoken word practitioner who uses his gifts to empower through Edutainment. He is the founder of one of Toronto's largest youth led initiatives: Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment). In 2018, R.I.S.E received the Toronto Arts Foundation’s, Mayor’s Youth Arts Award. In 2018, Randell authored the powerful anthology, “I Am Not My Struggles”. He is a cohort 2 Studio Y MaRS DD Fellow and a coach involved in the Toronto Public Library’s Poetry Saved Our Lives project. Randell was the Black Canadian Awards- Best Spoken Word award winner in 2015, was named CBC’s Metro Morning’s Torontonian of the Year in 2015, and NOW Magazines Local Hero in 2017. Randell recently opened for President Barack Obama at the Economic Club of Canada, and has also opened for Terry Crews, Paul Mooney, Saul Williams, and Mayor John Tory.
A competitive dancer through her teen years, Cassey was taught that dance is what feeling looks like and never lost the sentiment. After being a member of Canada’s national dance team, she quested for a deeper understanding of the holistic human experience, graduating with an undergrad in social work and a post-grad in psychotherapy. She spoke at the 2017 National Social Work Conference, discussing how art can be used as a conduit for incorporating spirituality in the helping professions. In collaboration with Cyndy Baskin and Shima Razavi, she contributed to the textbook chapter, Spirituality and Social Justice through Art: Creating Inspiration, Unity, and Action. Today, Cassey integrates her adventures in her private practice as well as in the ArtReach-funded, Pretty Wings, an embodiment program that she co-directs.
Jessica is a Toronto based creative with many versatile talents. As a model, actress and creative director, she brings a piece of her in everything she does. Jessica has her Bachelors in Social Work from Ryerson University and uses that experience and expertise into Power to Girls Foundation where she is the co-founder. Power to Girls has a vision of empowering and engaging young Black girls in finding their purpose and self-worth. She is a lover of Afrobeats and hopes to become one of Toronto’s renowned female DJs.
Neetika is a GTA-based dance artist who started performing at age 10. Born in Libya to Indian parents, today she actively works as an independent Kathak performer, creator, choreographer, arts manager, and culture & diversity advocate. In 2019, she received an ArtReach grant for her project, Katha-Ras Dance Lab. The 2020 digital edition of the project was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and her community-focused work has also been supported by the Laidlaw Foundation. She has worked with renowned organizations like Fall for Dance North, Muse Arts, Theatre Oculus, North York Arts, Akumal Arts Festival, the Tortuga Escondida Residency Centre, DanceWorks, Caribbean Tales Media Group, and Nia Centre. Neetika has a bachelor's degree in Business Management from U of T and has worked in Arts Management for 7+ years.
Jasmine Gui is a Singaporean-born interdisciplinary paper artist, arts programmer, writer and researcher based in Tkaronto (Toronto). She is the founder of Project 40 Collective, an interdisciplinary artist collective, managing editor at LooseLeaf Magazine, and co-founder of TACLA, an Asian Canadian living archive initiative. Her work is grounded in grassroots action, and explores archives, texts, translations, traversals, memory and grief. She is the author of two chapbooks, If A Carp Dreams of The Milky Way (2019) and boke (2017), and has been featured in publications like Room Magazine, Held Magazine, SineTheta, GUTS Magazine, The Spectatorial, Panorama Journal, Softblow and others. You can find her working on collaborative projects at Teh People Studio.
Storyteller, selector, traveller. Three words that accurately describe the life of Berma. With his roots in the Toronto arts community from a young age, he has crafted himself into a versatile artist. Based out of Scarborough, he originally started with poetry where he was featured on several international stages as well as local forums like CP24, YTV, REBEL and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Now, Berma has added the skill of sound selection to his arsenal of talents. Being featured in several venues across the city of Toronto, he has created a lane for himself to use his ability to curate sounds and atmospheres to help host and be featured as a DJ at events all across the city. Whether it be snapping to his words, or toe tapping to the music, Berma is an artist that cannot be forgotten.