Staff and consultants

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.

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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.

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Amy Gottung | Consultant

Funded by Ontario Art Council Compass Grant

Amy is a contractor and consultant with over a decade of experience in media, culture, and non-profit. She has worked with Airsa for more than a year to provide consultation that direct and deliver an environmental
scan including a targeted needs assessment report (of Canadian newcomer artists), a survey of existing and developing services for these populations, and (c) an internal capabilities assessment of Airsa’s present configuration, delivering a summary report and SWOT analysis to inform the organization’s strategy, activity, and ongoing positioning to best advance its mandate. Amy’s service is funded by OAC Compass project.

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