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Welcome to our second edition of Committee Corner featuring our Programming team for this year’s symposium:

Cultural Kaleidoscope: Migration in the Arts

Committee Corner will be highlighting our efforts and thoughts as we move closer to the symposium date which is right around the corner! We will be posting every week from now until the Symposium date which is February 21.


Join us for a day of important conversations!

This week we put our Programming team in the Committee Corner, let’s see what they had to say!

This week we want to introduce you to our Programming team, Madelaine Lyons Cooper, Emily Johansen, Patricia Navarro-Labastie, Annie Chen. We asked them a few questions in order to get to know them better and understand what they think of this year’s symposium, which is fast approaching. Our Programming team has put together an impressive itinerary for the day and we are excited to experience the thoughtful conversation to be had at our fourth annual Arts Ahead symposium on February 21, 2019.

Let’s get to know our Programmers for this year’s Arts Ahead cohort.

Madelaine Lyons Cooper

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Favourite Chip Flavour: I actually prefer popcorn…

Why Arts Management?

I was a poor artist and I’m here to help other poor artists become artists who can afford to both live and make their art.

What art do you want to discover more about?

Everything. I never want to stop exploring and asking questions. Right now I’m researching reptiles.

Patricia Navarro-Labastie

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Favourite Chip Flavour: Sour Cream and Onion

Why Arts Management? 

After completing my degree in Art History, I decided to take a year to just work and think about what I wanted to do next. I’ve always been interested in Museum Education, and I was thinking of either applying to U of T’s Teaching program or their Museum Studies program until I came across this program through lots of googling. I wanted to make sure I got some practical experience and not just theoretical. I love that this program covers different job fields in the arts but still allows you to gain experience in each of these areas. I never thought I’d be interested in fundraising or event management.

What art do you want to discover more about:

I have always been really interested in visual arts and even opera and music are still something I’m comfortable with. But I never really had an interest in theatre. Since our class went to see the Wolves at Crow’s theatre I am curious to learn more about this art and see more plays like this.

Annie Chen

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Favourite Chip Flavour:  BBQ

Why Arts Management?

I just graduated my B.A in China and my major is music performance. I hope that I will have more choices in my future career, and I am interested in the management of art institutions, so I am here.

What art do you want to discover more about:

I want to discover more different art forms from the world, especially performing arts. I hope that I can explore the impact of art on people from a macro perspective.

Emily Johansen

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Favourite Chip Flavour: Sun Chips!

Why Arts Management?

I graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Film & Media Studies.  I am passionate about films but I struggled to find a place in the film industry where I could put my skills to use.  While applying to jobs I began to notice that many of the postings I was interested in stated that “Arts Management background is an asset”.  So I decided that was what I was going to do. It has been a great experience learning skills like marketing, finance and event management that are transferable too many positions and fields.   

What art do you want to discover more about:

Film will always be my first love, but after taking this program and learning more about the different arts fields around Toronto I am more interested in museum and gallery curation.  I have always loved art history so I think it would be cool to learn more about how pieces are chosen, collected and organized in an exhibition.

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