Arts for Children employs professional
artists for our Outreach and
Professional Development programs
across Toronto. To become involved, please contact Julie at (416)
929-9314 ext. 102.
Monique Bergeron is a Toronto-based dance artist and performing arts
educator. She has recently performed at the Toronto International
Dance Festival, the Bata Shoe Museum, and the Capitol Event Theatre.
Over the past thirteen years, Monique has trained dancers from all
across the city of Toronto in jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics, hip hop,
creative movement and musical theatre. Her extensive teaching experience
encompasses numerous dance studios, theatre companies, and academic
institutions including Claude Watson School for the Arts, where she
was on the artistic staff for five years. Monique has been with AFC
AFC Programs/Workshops: Hip Hop, Creative, and Percussive Rhythm Dance
Watson School for the Arts
Linda Blix is a professional printmaker, arts educator and muralist.
As a graduate of the Ontario College of Art's printmaking
program, she has worked extensively as an arts educator with the Toronto
Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), as well as the Toronto District
School Board, the McMichael Canadian Collection, and the Haliburton School
of Art. Her work with AFC includes working in many schools across the
GTA. Creating large-scale murals and beautiful collographs printed by
children of all ages. Linda is involved with Open Studio and has received
many Ontario Arts Council grants for Artist in Education programs. Linda
is well-loved veteran artist with AFC.
AFC Programs/Workshops: Printmaking and Mural-Making
Affiliations/Links: Linda Blix
Jennifer Chin holds an Associates Degree in Visual Art from the Ontario
College of Art and Design and a Master's Degree from the University
of Windsor. As an artist of mixed cultural heritage, her practice
has been concerned with the metaphoric potentials of the in-between
and transformation, often employing dissimilar materials with experimental
processes. Through her investigative approach to art-making,
she has gained a wide breadth of material experiences and proficiencies
ranging from traditional bronze and plaster works to painting, printmaking,
digital photography and video. Jennifer has been working with
AFC since 2003.
AFC Programs/Workshops: Mural-making, Mask-making, Clay, Digital Discoveries,
and Printmaking at Jane-Finch and Lawrence Heights.
Cathy Clark is a painter and mixed-media artist, who combines
collage, photo transfer and printmaking with drawing and painting.
She graduated from York University and the Ontario College of
Art. For the past 14 years, Cathy has worked as an art educator
for both the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto
Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). Working with AFC since
2003, Cathy has delivered a variety of programs, which allow
teachers/students to explore and experiment while developing
art-making skills, art appreciation and critical thinking.
AFC Programs/Workshops: For the past 3 years, Cathy has been
teaching art to students in the Eating Disorder Program at North
York General Hospital. Last year she presented a Media Literacy
Workshop at Ryerson Public School and was involved in a mural
project this summer at Humber Summit Community Centre.
Karietha Cooke is a modern/contemporary dancer whose training
combines West African dance, the Martha Graham, and Katherine
Dunham techniques. Karietha has worked with the Collective of
Black Artists (COBA) for four years and is currently the lead
choreographer and dance instructor at The Children's
Dance Theatre. This is her first year working with AFC.
AFC Programs/Workshops: African, Folk and Modern Dance at Parma
Barb Lilker graduated from the Faculty of Architecture
at University of Toronto in 1995. She is presently partner
in the design firm Lilker Hecht Design Studio, which concentrates
of small-scale residential and commercial projects. As well,
Lilker has written and implemented an architecture program
for both middle and elementary schools. This program ties together
the arts, science, and social studies objectives of the Ontario
curriculum. Lilker has worked with AFC for the past 2 years.
AFC Programs/Workshops: At Parma Court Community Centre (Spring
2006-07), Barb led a 7-week architecture course for children,
ages 7-12, where each child designed their own space using model-building
and drawing. In 2007, at St. Thomas Aquinas, she used architecture
as a vehicle to study the human impact on the environment and
to explore environmental literacy. Each student designed and
built their own treehouse, which was put together with the class
to form a green community.
Affiliations/Links: Mother Earth News
Audrey Mah is a ceramic artist who has been working with clay
for over 15 years. She also teaches at the Art Gallery of Ontario
(AGO), the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Avenue Road Art School,
the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and the Ontario Arts Council.
Audrey has been working with AFC for 4 years.
AFC Programs/Workshops: Clay and Mixed Media
Sharron McLeod is a jazz composer, vocalist, performer and writer
who has shared the stage with Jane Bunnett, Archie Alleyne, Salome
Bey, Jimmy Lovelace, Jackie Richardson, and many others, as well
as a vocal and music teacher for grade school students. This
is her first year working with AFC.
AFC Programs/Workshops: Parma Court Youth Choir
Ibrahim Rashid has a BA from the Academy of Art,
Baghdad University. He has taught art classes in Sweden and
Iraq. Ibrahim has exhibited his work in several museums and galleries
throughout Scandanavia, Europe and the USA. His public art
pieces have been awarded several prizes and grants in Sweden.
He has been working with AFC for 2 years.
AFC Programs/Workshops: The Cultural Chain, Meals on Wheels
Art Program, Drawing and Painting Workshops
Joseph Romantini has created a brand of contemporary realism
that has been part of the Toronto art scene for the past twelve
years. His paintings have been exhibited in reputable galleries
throughout Toronto and New York. He completed his formal studies
at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). Joseph has
been working with AFC for one year.
AFC Programs/Workshops: Pop Art and Graffiti Art
A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD),
Allycia Uccello is an experimental multidisciplinary artist
who owns and operates a summer arts camp for children in Campbellville,
Ontario. As an artist whose work has exhibited internationally,
her artwork has become part of several collections and she
has been commissioned for both private and public spaces. Paralleling
her career in art has been the interest in sharing her ideas
and energy teaching young people throughout Ontario with various
boards of education and community centres. She has been working
with AFC since 2002.
AFC Programs/Workshops: Mural-Making in Central Toronto and
Affiliations/Links: Allycia Uccello Studio
Cindy Ashton, Trayon Baksh, Allison
Beula, Sherri Brass-Haas, Jim Bravo, Caroline Cloutier, Luke Davis, Cristina
Delago, Lois Dellert, Mai Duong, David Lapp, Yale Massey, Hart Massey,
Steven McCabe, Brenda McDonald, Jamie Miranda, Eva Ormut, Andrea Pillar,
Judy Pisano, Sandy Pool, Rami Posner, Daniel Sadavoy, Pamela Schuller,
Elizabeth Snell, David Straus, Susie Whaley, Quammie Williams