Aitak Sorahitalab | Co-founder & Executive Director
Aitak is an award-winning visual artist, art instructor, researcher, and art manager with more than 15 years’ experience in the field. She holds a Master of Design and Production from the University of Art of Tehran. She had held several exhibitions of her artwork and was commissioned to create public art installations all around Iran. She worked as an Artistic Director of “Artistic and Cultural Activities” Department, and International Affair Assistant at KANOON; lecturer at University of Applied Science and Technology; and worked with UNICEF, UNODC, and UNAIDS as an NGO Art Director in Iran. Since immigrating to Canada in Oct 2013, she continued to research and teaching while maintaining her artistic production in a professional ceramic and sculpture studio. She won six art grants and awards in Canada, and have curated two exhibitions in Toronto. Aitak is working with several art organizations in Toronto and is the co-founder and Executive Director of Airsa Art & Thought Association.
Mehran Azarbad | Co-founder, media designer
Mehran is an award winner UI/UX designer, and digital media Artist with over 15 years experience including 8 years of experience in the field.
His areas of expertise are digital design, User Interface design, advertisement, corporate identity, typography, publication design and other core design fundamentals. These are supported by vast knowledge of photography, storyboarding, videography, video editing, and 3D design.
Cecilia Garcia | Program Manager
Cecília holds a BFA in film studies from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil and diploma in arts management from Western University. She has built a diverse portfolio working in the Brazilian film industry. She previously worked on a variety of projects in the art department of films and commercial productions and ultimately started managing her own set decorating and production service company. After arriving in Canada, Cecília was fascinated by the Canadian cultural landscape; her experience as a volunteer in a community theatre drew her to pursue a career in arts management.