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Jaclyn Rodrigues

Senior Manager, Events & Initiatives (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

Senior Coordinator, Events & Initiatives (she/her)

Alexandra is a graduate of Humber College’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management program and holds a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership for Impact from U of T’s School of Continuing Education as well as a BA in Film Studies from Brock University. She is the Senior Coordinator, Events & Initiatives 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.

Liz Tsui

Coordinator, Program & Awards (she/her)

Liz is an artist and curator from Markham, Ontario. Her art practice is centred on representing pop culture icons through bronze and wood sculpture, digital media, painting, and drawing. Her curatorial practice is grounded in engaging and building relationships with audiences to deliver excellent programs that bolster their communities. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Art History from York University. Liz is currently a member of Long Time No See: a collective of artists, educators, and community members committed to preserving the hidden histories of Toronto’s various Chinatowns.

Alandra McKirdy

Coordinator, Special Events (she/her)

Alandra 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. In her spare time, you can find her drawing, watering her plants, and listening to music.

Cynthiya Sri Rangan

Assistant, Events & Outreach (she/her)

Cynthiya is a dancer and advocate for the arts, blending her roles as a dancer, teacher, and arts marketer. She completed her Bachelor’s in Arts Management, with a minor in Theatre and Performance, at the University of Toronto, where she gained the tools to amplify diverse voices promote inclusivity within the arts community within the arts community. Throughout her career, she has worked with many non-profit arts organizations with the goal of connecting with local communities and bringing diverse art forms to the forefront. Cynthiya’s dance journey led her to co-founding Irudaya Dance Company in 2015, a Toronto-based non-profit dedicated to promoting Bharathanatyam and diversifying the Canadian arts sector. Through her work as marketing director, the company has flourished, staging two sold-out productions, raising funds for charitable causes, and earning global recognition for their innovative choreography.
Recently, Cynthiya has started a new venture with the creation of “Cyncerely Yours”, a brand aimed at catering to diverse artistic needs through graphic design and content creation. Committed to bridging the gap between artists of color and the Toronto arts scene, Cynthiya hopes to cultivate greater diversity and empowerment through arts education and cross-cultural dialogue. Her vision extends beyond the stage, aiming to empower individuals to embrace creativity as a catalyst for social growth and transformation.

Holly Hebert

Assistant, Events & Outreach (she/her)

Holly is a graduate of Brock University’s Dramatic Arts program. Throughout her years there, she grew incredibly passionate about supporting the arts. Since graduating in 2021, she has been a participant in Toronto Fringe’s New Young Reviewers program, volunteered as an arts in education facilitator at Mohawk College, and worked at the Kingston Theatre Alliance as the Editor of their Performance Blog. Beginning this fall, she will be attending York University to earn a Master’s Degree in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, with the goal of focussing on arts in education and communities.
She feels very lucky to be working with Toronto Arts Foundation and Arts in the Parks as Assistant, Events & Outreach. As a nature-lover, she is most excited about supporting the arts in outdoor environments. When not working, there’s a good chance she’s knitting. You might catch her on a run instead. But she’s probably knitting.

Jeff McGilton

Assistant, Events & Outreach (he/him)

Jeff is a queer creator, collaborator, and facilitator with a passion for community-based arts. Trained in applied theatre, Jeff acknowledges the power that art can have in the bridging of gaps and building of communities. He is a firm believer in the importance of access to art for all and has worked in multiple settings to facilitate that process. Jeff’s experience in coordinating events blossomed in Kingston, where he supported multiple organizations and projects, either in person or administratively during his time at the Kingston Arts Council. He is thrilled to be joining the Toronto Arts Foundation to continue this development and to connect communities with Toronto’s vibrant and essential arts scene
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