Workshop details

1Available grants and funds in Ontario 1TuesdayFeb 14:30-6:30 pmMarta Keller-Hernandez
2Available grants and funds in Ontario 2ThursdayFeb 34:30-6:30 pmMarta Keller-Hernandez
3Tools, services, and art organizationsTuesdayFeb 84:30-6:30 pmCecilia Garcia
4Writing artist resumeThursdayFeb 104:30-6:30 pmLyla Rye
5Writing artist bioTuesdayFeb 154:30-6:30 pmStephanie Draker
6Writing artist statementThursdayFeb 174:30-6:30 pmLyla Rye
7Portfolio reviewTuesdayFeb 224:30-6:30 pmLamis Haggag
8Opportunities and creative jobsThursdayFeb 244:30-6:30 pmLyla Rye
9Education systemTuesdayMar 14:30-6:30 pmEly Lyonblum, Nasim Niknafs
10Idea generationThursdayMar 34:30-6:30 pmAitak Sorahitalab


Lyla Rye is a Toronto based artist who works in installation, sculpture, video and photography to explore our experience of architectural space. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally including in New York, San Francisco, Adelaide, Auckland, Paris, and Berlin. She has shown at The Power Plant, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Southern Alberta Art Gallery and in the Karachi Biennale, Pakistan.  Her solo exhibition, Mirage, was recently presented at Prefix ICA in Toronto. Her work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Cadillac Fairview Corporation, The Tom Thomson Art Gallery and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. She has taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, University of Guelph, Queen’s University, University of Toronto Continuing Studies, Toronto School of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute and in the Art and Art History Department at Sheridan College joint with University of Toronto Mississauga.  For over 5 years Rye coordinated the studio intensive, post-degree program at Toronto School of Art, leading group seminars as well as mentoring a student in the program each term. Recently she been an admissions juror for both secondary and post secondary programs, a juror for provincial artist grants and an examiner for 5 Master of Fine Arts thesis defenses and an external advisor for 3 MFA candidates.

Lamis Haggag is an Egyptian multimedia artist, living and working in Toronto since 2016. She received her MFA from The University of Calgary in 2013 and her BFA from Helwan University, Cairo in 2008. She participated in exhibitions and residencies in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, St. Thomas Ontario, Cairo, Beijing, Dakar, Lagos, Berlin and Incheon. 

In addition to her art practice, Haggag is an art instructor, installer and proposal writer. She received various grants and scholarships in Canada from CCA, TAC, OAC, AFA, Interaccess Artist-run Center and the University of Calgary.  Haggag is also the recipient of awards and grants from the Goethe Institute in Lagos, the Goethe Institute in Cairo, Incheon Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC) in Incheon, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy in Beirut and various awards from the Ministry of culture in Egypt.

Stephanie Draker is a creative, and results-focused arts manager. Over the last 14 years she has worked in progressive roles at several prominent arts organizations and institutions. Stephanie joined the WorkInCulture team in 2015 and has since worked on numerous initiatives to support the career advancement of artists and cultural workers throughout Ontario and beyond. In her role with WorkInCulture, Stephanie oversees the development, delivery, and evaluation of a range of programs, projects, and partnerships focused on elevating the cultural workforce and supporting the life-long career development of the people who belong to it. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University and a Certificate in Project Management from Humber College. Outside of her arts organization experience, Stephanie has exhibited as a visual and craft artist and has served as a production and stage assistant for Fly By Night Theatre Company and Kaeja d’Dance. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Art Starts Toronto.

Stephanie is committed to enhancing the capacity of the arts and culture sector and sits on several committees in support of this effort including Ontario Nonprofit Network’s Decent Work Committee, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Professional Immigrant Network Initiative, and most recently was nominated and elected to serve as the Multi-disciplinary Arts Service Organizations representative for Cultural Human Resources Council’s national Cross Sector Recovery Roundtables Project.

Cecília Garcia is an arts worker, community organizer, and emerging textile artist based in Tkaronto. Originally from Brazil, Cecília holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Diploma in Arts Management. She has built a diverse portfolio working and volunteering in the arts sector at multiple organizations, including CONOSER, Queen Gallery, Regent Park Film Festival, Airsa, Hot Docs, and others. Currently, Cecília is the Senior Manager of Programs at North York Arts and contributes as a facilitator and lead artist at Art Ignite. Her artistic practice has included film, media, community arts, and textile arts. Throughout her career, Cecília has had the immense privilege of being a part of organizations and projects that have helped build communities through the arts.