Panel #3 – Community Engagement

Sheila Sampath

SHEILA  SAMPATH is an artist, activist, educator and designer living and working in Toronto. She is the founder, Principal and Creative/Curatorial Director at The Public Studio, an award-winning, social justice and community-centred art and design practice and gallery founded on principles of anti-oppression, sustainability and capacity-building through meaningful participation and process design for community self-determination; the Editorial and Art Director of Shameless magazine, a national, feminist magazine for teen girls and trans youth; and an assistant professor of alternative and speculative practices in the Faculty of Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Sheila has facilitated workshops and given lectures on strategic design, radical art, and independent media internationally. Her first book, Letters Lived, was published under Three O’Clock Press’ women’s Press imprint. Sheila has appeared on TVO’s The Agenda, and CBC’s The Current speaking on issues of design and activism, and has most recently exhibited  work at Xpace Cultural Centre (2018), The Gladstone Hotel (2018), and The Art Gallery of Ontario (2016)

Clayton Windatt

CLAYTON WINDATT is a Métis multi-artist living and working in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. Clayton holds a BA in Fine Art from Nipissing University and received Graphic Design certification from Canadore College. With an extensive history working in Communications, Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts, Clayton now works as Executive Director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC-CCA). Through ACC-CCA Clayton works with arts organizations on national and global issues relating to social justice and how to better engage the public. Clayton maintains contracts with several colleges and universities and as a writer for various newspapers and magazines. Clayton is an active film director with works featured recently in festivals such as ImagineNative and the Toronto International Film Festival. Clayton works in/with community, design, communications, curation, performance, event coordination, technology, consulting, and is a very active writer, filmmaker and visual-media artist.

Jane Marsland

Jane Marsland has been an articulate advocate for the arts for many years and has served on a wide range of boards, advisory groups and committees.    She co-founded a number of community initiatives, such as: For Dance and Opera; ARTS 4 CHANGE; the Creative Trust:  Working Capital for the Arts; and Theatres Leading Change Toronto involving 18 small and mid-sized theatre and dance organizations.  Theatres Leading Change was designed to illuminate and better understand change: on an individual learning level; on a community co-learninglevel; and as a function of broad-based change that may hold within the possibility of paradigmchange in the field.  Ms. Marsland has managed arts organizations since 1970 and was General Manager of the Danny Grossman Dance Company from 1982 to 1999. Since 1999, Jane has been working as a free-lance arts consultant and has worked with more than 100 arts organizations.

She has been the recipient of two arts community awards: a “Harold’in 2001 and the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in the Arts in 2002.  In 1995, she received the first M. Joan Chalmers Award for Arts Administration for outstanding leadership in the arts.  In 2011, she was the winner of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Cultural Leadership Award.  In January 2012 Jane was awarded the first Metcalf Foundation Innovation Fellowship in the Arts to examine Shared Platforms and Charitable Venture Organizations and their applicability to the arts sector in Ontario.  In 2018, Jane was honoured as the recipient of the Silver Ticket as part of the Dora Mavor Moore awards.