Community Arts Committee
Cara Eastcott, Chair is a multidisciplinary performance artist and creative producer whose main objective is to contribute to socially conscious artistic endeavors. Cara has developed a wide range of skills that fuse community development and the arts through her work on documentary films, ensemble theatre projects, and youth arts programs. Such initiatives include The Youth Documentary Project (The City of Toronto), Urban Griots Project (Art Starts) and Emerge 2008: Kenya, Canada and Brazil (Schools Without Borders). In addition to contributing to a developing youth driven community arts scene in Toronto, Cara has also worked on community arts projects in India. Currently Cara is the Program Director for Tangled Art + Disability.
Afi Browne, Creating safer spaces for the queer and trans community is an integral part of Afi Browne's life. They are a black, Trini settler, queer, gender queer, multi-disciplinary artist and community worker who is committed to social justice. Afi is most passionate about integrating the arts with their community work as the arts can be used to bring about healing in individuals and communities. In their personal art practice, they are primarily a jeweler, using recycled materials to make Afro-futuristic pieces. Afi is also a costume designer, vocalist and performer. They are the founder and program coordinator of Krafty Queers, an award-winning arts and crafts skill share for queer and trans people. They also work at Skylark as an LGBTQ Youth Outreach Worker.
Mark V. Campbell, Banting Fellow in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Regina, is a DJ and a scholar. Mark has worked with several community organizations including Literacy thru Hip Hop, CHRY radio, the Manifesto documentary team, and the United Way of Peel. Additionally, Mark is a co founder of Nia Centre for the Arts and founder of Northsidehiphop.ca. Mark produces performance lectures on the arts both nationally and internationally.
Erika A. Iserhoff is a Toronto based multi-disciplinary artist. She is Omushkego/Eeyou Cree and French Canadian and is a member of Constance Lake First Nation. She holds a degree in design from the Ontario College of Art & Design University with a major in Fiber Arts and is the recipient of a Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding Costume Design. She is the Artistic Producer for Native Women in the Arts based in Toronto.
Joy Lapps-Lewis is a musician, composer and arts educator. Her instrument of choice is the steelpan and she is passionate about using steelband music and other artforms to enhance quality of life and build stronger communities. Joy has worked and volunteered with several organizations such as Sistema Toronto, the Neighbourhood Arts Network Advisory Committee and Mariposa in the Schools. She currently sits on the board of directors at Drum Artz Canada.
Victoria Mata is a Venezuelan-Canadian choreographer, dancer, and director. Mata’s career has involved self-directed training, residencies – for example at the Banff Arts Centre, Counter Pulse, African American Art & Culture, and Centro de Investigación Coreográfica del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes de México – and mentorships with internationally renowned choreographers such as Debbie Wilson, Nicola Pantin, and Jose Carret. Mata has been an active member of Toronto’s progressive arts and activist community for over a decade, and is the co-founder of MataDanZe Collective and conSECUENCIAS. Mata is an audacious visionary rooted in community, inspiring risk and utilizing art as a vehicle for social change, and creating spaces to voice marginalized communities. Mata’s emotive work has journeyed through Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, U.S.A. and Canada. As a director, Mata recently produced 200 celebrations in eight weeks in over 130 Canadian communities for the Torch Relay of the Toronto 2015 PanAm/ ParaPanAm Games. Since completing her Masters of Fine Arts in Contemporary Choreography at York University, Mata continues to be a catalyst for artistic curiosity and the unpacking of the diaspora experience by exploring migrant identities. With Aluna Theatre, Mata was awarded a Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship, and as Artistic Director Intern is exploring a hybrid of languages in performance under the mentorship of Beatriz Pizano, Dora-award winner, playwright and director of Aluna Theatre.