Panel Saturday, January 21st, 4:00 – 5:30
Women of Colour and Equity: Double Trouble
Sheniz Janmohamed (MFA) is an author, artist educator and spoken word artist and occasional land artist. She has performed nationally and internationally for over 10 years and has been featured at various venues including the Jaipur Literature Festival, TedxYouth@Toronto, and the Aga Khan Museum. She is also the author of two collections of poetry: Bleeding Light (Mawenzi House, 2010) and Firesmoke (Mawenzi House, 2014). Sheniz conducts workshops for youth and adults across the GTA, and has completed the Mentor-Artist certification at the Royal Conservatory. Through Mariposa in the Schools, Sheniz has visited dozens of schools and libraries to teach and perform. Sheniz is a firm believer in fostering community through collaboration, compassion and creativity. In her own practice, she strives to embody her words through performance, mandala-making and writing in the ghazal form.
Astrid Ho has been Open Studio’s Print Sales and Archive Manager since 2004, preceded by her role as Print Room Assistant from 2002. She is also an Open Studio member and artist working in printmaking and painting, and has shown in Canada and abroad. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with an Associate diploma, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University; and completed the OCAD study-abroad program in Florence, Italy.
In her position as Print Sales Manager and Archivist, Astrid has organized and curated various on- and off-site group exhibitions, including Open Studio’s booth at the Interior Design Show (2007-2012), the Airspace Gallery (2007) and the Malton Airport Gallery (2012), both at Toronto Pearson International Airport, and the booth at Art Toronto (2011-2015). Astrid has worked with various government, corporate, public and individual collectors, interior designers and art consultants including the Bank of Montreal, the Canada Council Art Bank, Ernst and Young, Global Affairs Canada, Fuller Landau, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, the National Bank of Canada, and TD Financial. In 2014, Astrid was one of six mentees accepted into the Leadership and Cultural Pluralism Project through the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. She was mentored by Pat Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts, Harbourfront Centre, and co-curated Past Stories, Present Sense with Suzanne Morrissette and organized Artists Talks for the exhibition.
As an artist, Astrid has a hands-on knowledge of contemporary original fine art prints. Working primarily in printmaking and painting, her artistic pursuits and achievements include being an active Open Studio member and a board member of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO); participating in a printmaking residency at the Vermont Studio Center; co-founding Propeller Centre for the Arts; teaching at the McMichael Collection, Harbourfront Centre, Latcham Gallery and Open Studio; and receiving a project grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s Career and Professional Development Program (2009). Since 1997, Astrid has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Toronto venues such as AWOL Gallery, Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, the Gladstone Hotel, Open Studio Gallery and Open Studio George Gilmour Members’ Gallery, as well as Galeria Juan Pardo Heeren (Peru), the Olive Branch Press (Ithaca, NY), Print London (ON), and Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery (NL).
Alicia Rose is manager of Community Investment Programs at Toronto Pearson. Prior to her current role, she worked more than 12 years in the arts and nonprofit sectors. Alicia has held positions at Framework, Business for the Arts, Pathways to Education, Harbourfront Centre, and co-founded the non-profit organization: Inspire Together. She is a graduate of the School for Social Entrepreneurs – Ontario and DiverseCity Fellowship programs. She currently sits on the Advisory Committee for Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario. Her life philosophy: Collaboration over competition.