Jaclyn Rodrigues, Community Engagement Manager (she/her)
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 (she/her)
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 (she/her)
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 & Marketing Coordinator (she/her)
Alandra is joining the Arts in the Parks initiative for her fourth summer. 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.
Liz Tsui, Outreach and Event Assistant (she/her)
Liz is an emerging artist and curator based in Tkaronto/Toronto who received her BFA in 2021 and is currently continuing her studies toward a MA in Art History and Visual Culture at York University. Her artistic practice and research interests are grounded in technology, popular culture, and Asian diaspora. She is interested in the manipulation of humorous content and dissecting it to critique the cultural context that situates it as disposable culture, responding to the fluctuations of social media, and emulating fads. Her artwork is often derivative of memes: currently in the form of 3D print, ultimately casting the object in bronze. Memes are of particular interest as a virtual phenomenon because the content they translate is tailored to the user and their activities online. Using this information as a foundation, Liz seeks to uncover erased histories surrounding migrant and diasporic communities in Canada.
Randi Bowron, Outreach and Event Assistant (she/they)
Randi is a Toronto based theatre artist with experience in event planning, outreach, and marketing. Randi graduated with a degree in Theatre from the University of King’s College (Halifax), and considers both Halifax and Toronto to be home. They have worked with Halifax Fringe Festival for the past three years helping with sponsorship, advertisements, and programming. Randi has also worked with 2b theatre company as their Event Coordinator, and as part of the creative team for the world premiere of “One Discordant Violin.” Since moving to Toronto, Randi has participated in the Toronto Fringe Festival’s TENT program, Tarragon Theatre’s Extended Playwrights Unit, and has taken courses in Marketing and Communications at George Brown College. Randi enjoys long walks in High Park with their dog, Birdie.