Meet the Team

Lila Karim (she/her)

Executive Director

Meet Lila

Lila is the Founding Executive Director of NYA. In her 20-year career, Lila has worked for several non-profit arts organizations and has held roles as an artistic producer, programmer, and administrator. Lila has helped generate 500,000+ cultural patrons to attend various programs, events and have created opportunities for artists to thrive.

What does art mean to you?


Melissa Foster (she/her)

Program & Outreach Director

Meet Melissa

Melissa joined North York Arts in 2014 and has 15 years working in various roles throughout the public sector. She  holds a BA (hons) in Theatre Studies from York University and a Community Arts Practice Certificate from York University. She also holds a post-degree diploma in Arts Management from Western University. 

What does art mean to you?
Exploring our shared humanity 


Cecilia Garcia (she/her)

Program & Volunteer Manager

Meet Cecilia

Originally from Brazil, Cecilia holds a BFA in film studies. After arriving in Canada in 2014, she received a diploma in arts management and has since volunteered and worked with multiple arts organizations in Toronto. She is thrilled to be at NYA to help to build communities through the arts.

What does art mean to you?
Art creates connections and community!


Rachel Birnberg (she/her)

Development & Communications Manager

Meet Rachel

Rachel has always had a passion for art and all things creative. She holds a BA in Media Studies and a diploma in Arts Management from Western University. Rachel joined NYA in 2017 and is interested in art and creative expression as a catalyst for community development.

What does art mean to you?
A window into someone’s world


About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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