When I moved to Toronto in 2007, I landed in one of Toronto’s most culturally diverse neighbourhoods and what in fact is also Canada’s most densely populated community. St. James Town – the ‘World Within a Block’ – has been the place I’ve called home ever since. Living within this vibrant environment has had a profound influence on my professional development, in the emphasis my understanding of art and art therapy has come to place on cross-cultural dimensions of practice; and indeed, much of my current activity is directed right here, in the virtual sandbox contained by Wellesley-Sherbourne-Bloor-Parliament. I have run art-based programming locally at Community Matters Toronto, Community Corner, Cabbagetown Arts, and Central Neighbourhood House. My ties to the area are visible in the public art I have created here (Welcome Home mural, St. James Town Banner projects, Wellesley Community Centre BellBox) and I continue to be committed to the development of arts in the area. I was one of the central members that began St. James Town Arts -a newly emerging co-op seeking to represent the arts & cultural needs/interests of both area artists and local residents. SJTA’s Facebook page can be seen here:
My passion for language and linguistics led me to study Mandarin, and I’ve also worked extensively with the Chinese community at Central Neighbourhood House, Community Corner, and the Toronto Cross Cultural Association. I am currently Artistic Coordinator at the Hong Fook Mental Health Association, where I’ve led initiatives including 2015’s Ontario Arts Council-sponsored ‘1000 Candles‘ exhibition, and 2016’s intergenerational ‘Yin & Yang‘ project.