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anahita azrahimi is a visual artist and professional arts manager. Anahita creates abstract collage paintings. Her love of collage has inspired her to commit to a year-long #collagediet challenge, where she creates an original collage each day. As an arts manager, Anahita is passionate about helping arts organizations and independent artists realize their goals and potential with high-impact and simple solutions. She has had the pleasure of working with established arts organizations such as Creative Trust, Theatre Direct and Dancemakers to name a few. She sits on the advisory board of the Arts Management program at Centennial College and Theatre Direct’s International WeeFestival. She has served on the board of Modern Times Stage Company, the steering committee of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement, and as a juror for Dora Mavor Moore Awards - Dance section, and the Ontario Arts Council.
"As an independent artist who has worked to build her own business, I am as passionate as one can be about opportunities that celebrate artistic excellence, help nurture an artist’s entrepreneurial spirit, and encourage public accessibility to fabulous art. It’s even better if these opportunities don’t cost an arm and a leg to participate in! Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is all those things and more. I have certainly found my perfect match and it is an honour to become a member of this dedicated team of board members and staff. I look forward to seeing this incredible organization continue to flourish and grow."
Logistics & Operations Manager
Julia Rocchi is a Toronto-based Producer, Arts and Events Manager. Julia teamed up with TOAE in 2016, and is delighted to return to the scene as the Logistics & Operations Manager for 2017. She has been working in the Toronto arts community since as a project manager, arts coordinator, technical and production manager and independent theatre producer. Julia has produced works for the Toronto Fringe Festival and Theatre Bassaris, and has worked for the Toronto International Film Festival, the Harbourfront Centre, and Yonge-Dundas Square. Julia combines her management skills and passion for making art inclusive through her work with the Reel Abilities Film Festival Toronto.
Artist Relations & Programming Manager
Arts administrator, curator and self-described 'recovering academic’, Simone brings her passion for the arts and 8 years of gallery and non-profit experience to the fair. Simone loves working with artists. For the last three years she worked at a teaching assistant in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at OCADU teaching Art History to the next generation of artists. Simone has BA in Art History from Carleton University, a graduate certificate in Museum Management & Curatorship from Fleming College, and an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. Before completing her MFA in 2014, Simone worked for organizations such as, Cube Gallery, the Heritage Canada Foundation, the Art Gallery of Burlington, and Propeller Gallery. When she is not busily working away at our office at 401 Richmond, Simone is an amateur yogi and incurable foodie.
Board of Directors
Sara Levine Petroff
Marjolyn van der Hart
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