Meet the Team

Christina Giannelia (she/her)

Executive Director

Meet Christina

Christina is inspired by the role the arts play in uplifting, inspiring, and celebrating communities. Born and raised in Toronto, Christina has over a decade of experience in the international arts /non-profit sector having held leadership positions in arts organizations in Canada and abroad. She is an alum and Board member of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and holds an MA in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Christina is thrilled to join NorthYork Arts as Executive Director as of August 2021.

What does art mean to you?

Creativity breathes life into community

Melissa Foster (she/her)

Interim Executive Director/ 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 

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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!

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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 our world

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Julián Carvajal (he/him)

Program Coordinator / 10th Anniversary Producer

Meet Julián

Julián is a multifaceted, colourful and vibrant queer Latinx Canadian Arts Manager/Producer with over 19 years of experience managing and delivering arts festivals and cultural events. He has worked across the city leading, coordinating, and producing both small and large-scale projects, developing marketing concepts, and has significant experience managing staff and building strong community relationships across cultural boundaries.

What does art mean to you?

The Big Bang of my life

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Josie Spalla (she/her)

Marketing Coordinator

Meet Josie

Born and raised in North York, Josie is continuously influenced by the distinct local art scenes in the city. Working in design, education, and public and private cultural sectors has deeply informed her interdisciplinary approach to the arts. She holds a BA in Art History and Asian Religion from McGill University, and an MA in History of Art from SOAS, University of London.

What does art mean to you?

Visual vocabularies of our existence.

 
 
 
 

 

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

info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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