Allie Harvey

Allie is ArtReach's Program Manager and has been a member of the team since 2013. 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 Pride Toronto, AVNU, Social Planning Toronto, MyStand, Feed the Need, Community Care, and the Boys and Girls Club, among others.

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.

Sahar Golshan

Sahar Golshan 杜秀秀 سحر گلشن is a Teochew Chinese and Persian writer living as a guest on Turtle Island. She is a passionate language learner and communicates in Teochew, Farsi, Spanish, French, and English. Sahar is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph and co-host of the Speakeasy Reading Series. She is a current participant of the Diaspora Dialogues GTA Long Form Mentorship. Sahar is the director of the 2019 short documentary KAR and the recipient of the Air Canada Short Film Award presented by the Shorts Jury of the 23rd Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. KAR will be available for viewing on Air Canada flights in May 2020 during Asian Heritage Month. Follow Sahar on Twitter @SaharGolshan

Patrick Walters

Patrick Walters is a poet and arts educator who is dedicated to sharing stories that speak to the issues we all battle daily. His work is a reminder to us to keep going and to not give up on our own hopes and dreams, until we can make them a reality. After graduating with a degree in Psychology from York University, Patrick has been focused primarily on his arts education career as well as sharing his works of poetry on stages across Canadian and American cities as well as St. Kitts & Nevis in the Caribbean where he grew up.

Rinchen Lama

Rinchen Dolma is the Founder and Artistic Director of MADE IN EXILE. She is an emerging creative who uses different mediums of storytelling to explore the complex identities of being a Tibetan navigating exile-hood. She is a community arts practitioner who is passionate about engaging her peers in creating art for themselves so to become the next generation of culture makers. MADE IN EXILE is a past grant recipient of Artreach's funding program.

Lex Leosis

Lex Leosis' roots are in the competitive world of slam poetry and rap, and she has a notable spot in the Toronto underground scene. Lex has played on the same line-ups as Joey Bada$$, DVSN, Michie Mee, Maestro Fresh Wes, Drake, Jidenna, Miguel, and is also a trained and practicing teaching artist. She has worked for BAM! Toronto Youth Slam, Hamilton Youth Poets, Louder Than a Bomb Canada, and the Ministry of Education's program Experience Ontario.

Joshua Watkis

A lifetime immersed in the performing arts has made Joshua “Scribe” Watkis entirely devoted to the gift of storytelling. Through Spoken Word Poetry and Hip-Hop, he has taken thousands into his world to experience it as he does. Scribe has performed on stages across Canada, appeared on CBC and has even opened for the legendary Hip-Hop band ‘The Roots’ with ‘The Uncharted’ collective. Joshua is also an Arts Educator and event organizer, a Board member of BAM! Youth Slam, and a curator for the Roots Lounge Open Mic & Poetry Slam.

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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