STAFF

Allie Harvey

Allie Harvey (she/ her)

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.

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Renato Sologuren (he/ him)

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.

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Berma

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. 

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ganesh thava

Ganesh Thava is a Tamil-Canadian writer, director and actor working in film and theatre. He uses his artistic voice to explore everyday moments like family feuds or love affairs and investigate them from underrepresented perspectives. His fascination with how humanity survives change and adversity was inspired by watching his immigrant father raise a family and start a business. He especially seeks to explore the intersectionalities within these lived experiences through the lenses of ethnicity, status and sexuality. Above all, as a creator, his goal is always to create rich, exciting, challenging spaces for diverse voices to express their most profound, most complex truths. To learn more about his projects, visit ganeshthava.com.

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jessica bentu

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.

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abby Ho

Abby Ho is a community arts organizer and multidisciplinary artist working in Tkaronto. Her artistic practice uses sculptural drawings, paper cuts, and painting to create alternative scapes of rediscovering “home” or as meditations on memory and grief. She is half of jabs, a creative collaborative duo comprised of Abby Ho and Jasmine Gui.

 

Find her as @ayebbey or at abby-ho.com 

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ashley Abdul

Ashley Abdul has three titles: Mother, Founder, and Communications & Marketing expert. Ashley is the founder of the international organization, the Brown Girl Diary, which focuses on cultivating, creating, and collaborating within the Indo-Caribbean community to create representation and preserve cultural identity. Ashley has been featured on Breakfast Television Toronto, the Mississauga Local Radio Station, Toronto Caribbean, and Queens New York Library South Asian Heritage Month Panel. Graduating from York with a degree in political science, she has developed a career within the nonprofit sector focusing on communications, marketing, and branding. She has supported non-profits with strategies to grow and develop their storytelling through their digital platforms. Her latest endeavour includes exploring the impacts of diversity and inclusion within our professional experiences.

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sampreeth rao

Born near the cradling waves of Goa, India and raised in the diverse suburbs of Scarborough, Sampreeth is a filmmaker that tells South Asian diasporic stories. His experimental film, Watching TV with the Mind Off, combined music video, fictional narrative, and archival footage to profile the coming-of-age ruminations of Indian-Trinidadian artist Kevin Ramroop. The work featured in the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Film Festival and Regent Park Film Festival, where he was awarded the RBC Emerging Director’s Award. In 2019, he was a researcher/ curator with the Ward Museum, creating Block by Block, an oral history exhibition featuring four migrant communities in Toronto. Currently, he is working on Where the Trees Speak for Nuit Blanche 2022, an interactive audiovisual installation that utilizes the Rouge Park as a metaphor for migration in Scarborough. He is also the co-founder of Wave Art Collective, a creative arts incubator for Scarborough youth.