Our Staff

 Tamara

Tamara Haberman

Interim Executive Director

Tamara is a textile artist with more than twenty years of experience in the community arts field. Her extensive work in arts administration has given her an in-depth knowledge of community art and organizations. Tamara has worked as artist, project manager, general manager and grants officer at both the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Councils. In her independent artistic practice Tamara creates unconventional fibre-based work, sculptural basketry, wands and wall pieces.

 Amiga

Amiga Taylor

Program Director

Amiga Taylor is a multi-media artist, producer and poet. Over the last eight years, Amiga’s service in not for profit sector has landed her features in SWAY Magazine, CBC News and MTV Canada. While pursuing her B.A in Radio and Television Arts, Amiga produced two award winning documentaries for CBC Radio (99.1FM) and a hip-hop talk radio program on CKLN 88.1FM. Amiga currently holds an M.A. in Media Production and is a visiting lecturer on the topic of the ‘Racialization of the Media Industries’ at Ryerson University’s School of Media. Amiga believes firmly in the power of creative expression as a means to inspire positive changes in the GTA.

 Devon

Devon Potter

Operations Manager

Devon is a writer, Stage Manager, Producer and performer based in Toronto. She is happy to be combining her organizational skills with her love of all things artistic as Art Starts’ Operations Manager, and she brings with her years of experience in Arts Administration and Talent Payroll. With a background in theatre and film, she has worked on countless professional and community theatre productions in the GTA, and has completed two contracts with the Toronto International Film Festival. When not at the office or at a rehearsal, she can usually be found reading some Shakespeare, watching an Independent film, or working on a script of her own.

 Sari

Sari Zon

Development Manager

Sari is an encaustic artist, writer and musician with more than 20 years of experience as a development professional. She has worked at both the community and major giving levels for non-profit organizations within the health care, social service and educational sectors. Sari’s diverse background includes fundraising, grant and corporate writing and campaign management as well as leading musical theatre programs for youth groups and teaching art workshops in mixed media and encaustic painting. Sari maintains an art blog, and her paintings hang in private and corporate collections across North America. Sari holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts Studies from York University.

 Julian

Julian Carvajal

Special Projects Manager

Born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, Julian is a passionate, colourful human being, a militant activist and artist who has worked and volunteered at multiple NGOs in the Americas, Africa, and Europe. He has co-produced and co-directed experimental short films and documentaries. In 2014 he produced his first solo documentary, “Uniterra Peru”, funded by the DFATD. Julian has a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He also holds a degree in Event and Media Production from Seneca College. Julian was previously the Marketing and Events Coordinator at Art Starts. Before joined our team, Julian was the co-producer of a Latino alternative media network, and coordinated the School of Alternative Media while hosting a radio show in CHHA1610AM.

 Carol

Carol Clarke

Fundraising Coordinator

Carol is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program, where she won numerous screenwriting, directing, and communications awards. Her production experience includes co-producing at CBC Radio, and production coordination for organizations including the Canadian Film Centre, TVOntario, TIFF, and Jazz FM91. Carol has acted in many feature films and television movies and series. She is a literacy tutor and youth advocate, mentoring at-promise youth through non-profit organizations. A sample of her writing and painting was featured in the October 2014 issue of Ornamentum magazine. As an emerging stand-up comic, Carol has written and performed as an activist for mental health awareness, using humour to deflect her obsession with chocolate.

 

Darlene Genoway

Program Administrator

Darlene has had a lifelong passion for arts, recreation and nature and started an arts-based club when she was eight. She majored in ceramics at Sheridan College and completed a BA in philosophy at York University. Her varied experience includes supporting continuing education programming at a school board, managing the editorial aspects of a law report series, and contributing to pilot project and program initiatives at small non-profits. More recently, she’s been a salesperson, Toastmaster and soapmaker.

 Cleopatra

Cleopatra Myers

Office Coordinator

Cleopatra comes to Art Starts with a decade of education and student advocacy experience.  A recent graduate from the University of Toronto‘s Women and Gender Studies program, Cleopatra considers herself a social activist, advocating for marginalized individuals in the community. Upon moving to Toronto in 2015, Cleopatra has become immersed in volunteerism. She currently facilitates English Conversation Circles and is an active supporter of mental health initiatives in various organizations across the city. Cleopatra continues to find fulfillment through her participation in the non- profit sector and is pursuing the field as a career change. Cleopatra is confident that Art Starts will encourage her passions for the Arts (singer, songwriter, and painter) and social service contributions- the perfect harmony.