Jaclyn Rodrigues, Community Engagement Manager
Jaclyn has been working on Arts in the Parks since it started in 2016! In addition to working on this program, she supports Toronto Arts Foundation by engaging stakeholders through outreach efforts, marketing campaigns and communications efforts. Her favourite part of her job is planning special events such as the Mayor’s Arts Lunch.
She graduated from Ryerson University’s Performance Production program, where she studied performing arts management and behind-the-scenes work – including carpentry! After graduating, she worked with The Banff Centre, The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Canada’s National Ballet School and Kaeja d’Dance.
One of her favourite things to do is spend time outside in the sunshine. Whether it’s in her parents backyard in their pool, on her balcony catching rays, or taking a picnic with her partner to High Park, you’re likely to find her spending her free time outside.
Alexandra Loewen, Program & Events Coordinator
Alexandra is a graduate of Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management program and holds a BA in Film Studies from Brock University. She is the Program & Events Coordinator for Toronto Arts Foundation where she provides logistical and administrative support for events and programs.
She feels extremely lucky have been involved with Arts in the Parks since it started. She was volunteer for Arts in the Parks in 2016, was an intern in 2017 and joined the Foundation full time in 2018. When she isn’t working you can find her going for long walks, curling up with a good book or playing highly competitive, epic game tournaments with family.
Hasanika Mediwake, Program Outreach Coordinator
Hasanika is a recent graduate of the Community Worker Program at George Brown College. As the Program Outreach Coordinator for Toronto Arts Foundation, she connects with so many exceptional individuals and organizations to implement initiatives and strategies that increase program visibility in all communities across the city. She started at Toronto Arts Foundation as a placement student for their strategic initiative, Neighbourhood Arts Network and then as an Outreach & Event Assistant for Arts in the Parks in 2019.
She is passionate and especially moved by artistic and cultural endeavors that work to address social justice and is grateful to be part of an initiative that brings artists into communities that have historically had limited access to quality arts events. Working with community organizations and artists of all disciplines across the city leaves her inspired every day. When she isn’t holed up in her house reading you’ll probably find her outside trying to bring her plants back to life and getting distracted by another good book.
Alandra McKirdy, Events & Communications Coordinator
Alandra is joining Arts in the Parks for her third summer, this year as Event & Communications Coordinator. She has a long history in the arts and most recently completed a post-graduate program in Arts Management at Centennial College. Alandra is passionate about connecting Toronto’s communities with accessible, art programming that can inspire creativity and ignite conversations. Alandra’s favourite park is Amos Waites Park, located at Etobicoke’s waterfront. In her spare time, you can find her drawing, watering her plants, and listening to music!
Sarah Fellows, Outreach & Events Assistant
Sarah is a recent graduate from York University, holding a Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies. She also studied at the University of Toronto and obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in Cinema Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and English. Sarah has worked with both Inside Out and Baby Daal Productions to focus on queer film and the queer community. Sarah is passionate about queer cinema, as she wrote her entire eighty page thesis on a new mode of queer female spectatorship. Some of her favourite queer films include Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Shiva Baby, Pariah, Bessie, The Watermelon Woman, and Go Fish.
In her free time, Sarah loves to bike around the city and explore new parks, communities, and coffee shops. She is also a mixed media artist working primarily with embroidery. Sarah’s art speaks to her core values as an intersectional feminist, and is her form of activism for a number of causes including women’s rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA2S+ rights, indigenous claims to land and indigenous rights, climate change, and much more
Sarah Nguyen, Outreach & Events Assistant
Whyishnave Suthagar, Outreach & Events Assistant
Whyishnave Suthagar is visual artist and has recently been involved in arts administration roles for local GTA based initiatives. She is a graduate from McMaster University’s School of the Arts and was a part of the 14.0 Remix Project. To date she has shown her work at the McMaster Museum of Art, MUCH Music HQ, the Gladstone Hotel, Manifesto TO, the Drake Hotel, Stackt Market, MOCA Toronto, Artscape Daniels Launchpad, the Toronto Distillery District and has been selected to create an immersive art installation for Nuit Blanche 2022. As a visual artist herself, she is passionate and committed to the opportunity to support fellow artists in exhibiting their work across Toronto parks by being a part of the Arts in the Parks team. Through this opportunity she is hoping to aid in the presentation of innovative and accessible artworks that showcase the range of talent, diversity and excellence the city of Toronto has to offer.