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.
Haja Raparison is a Montreal ex-pat making his way in Toronto. He studied Public Relation and Marketing at UQAM in Montreal. He worked as a Communication Manager for MassivArt, a creative agency that amplifies corporate strategies through art. Looking for more action, he became the Communications Director of Chromatic, a major immersive art festival in the Quebec's largest major city, for two consecutive years. He moved in Toronto in 2016 and began forging his path at a PR agency. Missing the excitement and his love and hate relationship with the art festival world he joined the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition team to spread the word, one social media post and media pitch at a time.
Rachel is an event programmer, volunteer coordinator and project manager whose primary focus is facilitating local, accessible engagement with diverse and initiative arts and culture. She commonly works on several Toronto wide events, mostly recently as Programming Project Manager for Toronto for Everyone an Honest Farewell. Annually she works on Nuit Blanche Toronto and Doors Open Toronto. Delving briefly into the education sector as Lead Event Coordinator for the Office of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University she returned to the arts as a volunteer for Story Planet, enabling child and youth access to the arts. Finding volunteerism as a deeply meaningful way to engage with the arts Rachel began volunteer managing. She coordinated the amazing volunteers for The SummerWorks Performance Festival in 2016. She is currently the Operations and Events Coordinator for Scarborough Arts and ever passionate about the transformative quality of the arts.
Artist Relations Coordinator
Ania Harmata is a visual artist, emerging arts manager, and an avid ‘glamping’ enthusiast. Born in Toronto, but raised in the ‘burbs of Mississauga, she has explored roles in retail, office management, administration, as well as arts education. She is a graduate of the collaborative Art and Art History program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College in Oakville and has recently completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Arts Management at Centennial College. Ania is thrilled to join the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition team as the new Artist Relations Coordinator and to get to know all the 2017 artists.
Board of Directors
Sara Levine Petroff
Marjolyn van der Hart
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