The “Ghosts of Todmorden Mills” will see a lead artist train and mentor 10 youth artists living on the margins in Toronto. This is a paid training opportunity for Toronto youth to learn employment-ready skills, photography and photoshop techniques, historical research techniques, sewing and costume design and creative writing. They will learn, discuss, explore, create, and practice collaboration and creative thinking with professional artists. The lead artist will be a photographer with expertise in photoshop and a passion for the macabre. Secondary artists will include a costume designer and a poetry/creative writing artist. All of the artists Art Starts hires have experience working with marginalized populations and mentoring youth.
Ebti NabagLead Artist
A graduate of Ryerson University’s MFA program Documentary Media in Film and Photography, Ebti is a visual artist who works with photography, video, and installation. She is a digital and analogue photography instructor. She teams up with galleries and community centers to develop art programs that provide opportunities for creative self-expression and aid in the development of identity. Her documentations focus on telling stories of the everyday person who we often neglect. She also uses her work to connect with her home country, Sudanese, and the people and culture of Sudan.
Her previous exhibits include Movement in Tradition: Tobe (2016), Vitiligo at the AGO (2015) and, Intersections (2014) featured in the Contact Photography Festival. Her work is motivated by stories from the average human, and hopes her documentations serve as bridges between people and communities.
Ayodele HolasLead Costume Designer
A graduate of George Brown College, Ayodele has over 20 years of experience in Toronto's fashion industry. Her personal line has been showcased at the ONEOFAKIND Show, SKYE SSUTU Boutique and Snapped. Ayodele is the lead designer and Stylist for artist Lisa Banton. Ayodele is the owner of Zipette Fashion, and an advocate for accessible community arts and ethical and sustainable clothing. She is the Lead Instructor for Scadding Court's Sewing Repair Hub, where she teaches basic sewing and alterations for marginalized women in the Alexandra Park community.
Patrick WaltersLead Spoken Word Artist
Patrick Walters is a spoken word artist/public speaker and arts educator who has spent over four years professionally using poetry to place emphasis on mental wellness and overall well being - a simple message, but one of paramount importance in today's society. Through the execution of workshops and showcases, this message is passed on to the hearts and minds of the communities he operates within. Last October, he released his debut poetry album, The OffShore Account, a haunting and beautiful body of work which discusses the intersection between community and migration. Looking to the future, Patrick plans to continue to work towards spreading insight and creating a community of positivity for future generations to come.
Julian CarvajalProject Manager
Julian is a colourful Colombo-Canadian Media Artist, Arts Manager, Producer and Arts & Culture Promoter. He has over 18 years of experience in managing and delivering large scale arts festivals, coordinating personnel, producing shows, marketing, budgeting, managing staff, and building community and media relations. He has co-produced and co-directed the experimental short film “Sunrise in Juarez” and the documentary film “My Parent's Closet”. In 2014 he produced his first solo documentary, "Uniterra Peru". Julian has a bachelor's degree in Social Communication. He also holds a degree in Event and Media Production. He was a co-producer for a Latino alternative media network. In 2016, he produced the first LGBTQ radio show for the Spanish Speaking Community at a Latinx Radio Station, Julian is an Art(ivist) and he currently works at Art Starts as Special Projects Manager also the Pan American Food and Music Festival as Event Producer and he is also working on an international visual arts project called Muralis 13-6 between Canada and the Government of Medellín, Colombia.