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, Marketing & 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 Marketing & 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, Outreach & Event Assistant
Alandra is an Outreach & Event Assistant for the Arts in the Parks initiative for the second 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!
Nicholas Fassbender, Outreach & Event Assistant
Nicholas Fassbender is a recent graduate from the Ryerson School of Performance and is inspired by the intersections that connect art, culture and people. Nicholas has a passion for traveling and new adventures and has had the opportunity to work with colleagues in Europe, Asia and Oceania. Nicholas has worked with The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), London South Bank University, International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston, UK, and The Asian Pacific Bond Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam, to name some of his international experience.
Finding new and innovative ways of incorporating voices from underrepresented groups, LGBTQ+ persons and BIPOC from around the world and in the city of Toronto is something that Nicholas has set out to do in his career. Nicholas is excited to start working with Toronto Arts Foundation and the Arts in the Parks team as they all share the same values – inclusivity, equity and making the city more creative, block by block.