Lila Karim | Executive Director
Lila is the founding Executive Director of North York Arts. Over her 17-year career in the cultural sector, Lila has worked for several non-profit arts organizations including the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, ReelWorld Film Festival and The Harold Greenberg Fund. Lila has held various roles including artistic producer and programmer. Through community and commercial partnerships, Lila has helped generate upwards of 500,000 cultural patrons and has created opportunities for artists and cultural-leaders to thrive. Lila is a digital photographer with a B.A.A. in photographic arts from Ryerson University. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, and she regularly serves on visual arts juries.
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Melissa Foster | Program & Outreach Director
Melissa joined North York Arts in 2014 and has since worked on numerous initiatives to provide opportunities for artistic participation within the community. Melissa has over 10 years working in the public sector. Throughout her career, she has collaborated on several community arts projects and facilitated arts programs both abroad and within Toronto. Her primary focus is on the development and implementation of public art and community driven, arts-based programming. Melissa holds a BA (hons) in Theatre Studies as well as a Community Arts Practice Certificate from York University. She also holds a post-degree diploma in Arts Management from Western University.
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Cecilia Garcia | Program & Volunteer Manager
Cecília holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film studies from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil and has built a diverse portfolio working in the Brazilian film industry. After arriving in Canada, she was fascinated by the Canadian cultural landscape; her experience as a volunteer for London Community Players drew her to pursue a career in arts management. Cecília received a diploma in arts management from Western University and has since volunteered with Airsa Art & Thought and Regent Park Film Festival, and has worked as a gallery assistant at Queen Gallery in Toronto. In 2016, She completed an internship with North York Arts where she further developed her skills and passion for arts programming and volunteer management. She is thrilled to be at NYA and to help to build communities through the arts.
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Rachel Birnberg | Development & Communications Manager
Rachel has always had a passion for art and all things creative. As a graduate of the Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT) program at Western University, she was able to foster these passions though various creative courses, a semester abroad at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, as well as a four-month internship at The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. Now, Rachel holds a post-graduate diploma in arts management from Western Continuing Studies. Through this program (and an internship at NYA), she learned to effectively apply professional management skills to the arts (taking specific interest in marketing and communications), and she has become interested in the importance of art and creative expression as a catalyst for community development.
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Kavita Gurm | Communications Assistant
Kavita is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, where she is studying Book and Media Studies, Writing and Rhetoric, and Equity Studies. After interning for First Book Canada last summer, she developed an interest in learning more about working in communications and marketing in the non-profit sector. Kavita is very excited to join the North York Arts team this summer and help make a difference in the local community through arts and culture.
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North York Arts (NYA) collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities
North York Arts
(Toronto Centre for the Arts)
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm