2016 Executive Team

ARTSIDEOUT has all hands on deck in preparation for the 2016 festival! We are happy to share that our 2016 executive team includes the following wonderful individuals.

 

  1. Patrick Atienza

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Position: Artistic Director

Cultural group you Identify with: Canadian Born – Filipino

Program: Studio Specialist

Reason you joined ASO: I joined ARTSIDEOUT to make the most of out of my university experience

  1. What are some of the simple things you are able to appreciate about life now that you didn’t while growing up?

I am able to appreciate time. I used to have so much, now I have so little.

  1. Is there any particular artist/artwork that never fails to inspire you?

I am particularly interested in the artist James Jean and Kim Jung Gi, both have crazy intricate styles that never fail to captivate and convey stories.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” -J. Lennon

 

  1. Helen Su

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Position: General Manager

Cultural group you Identify with: Asian Canadian

Program: Arts Management Specialist, Studio Major

Reason you joined ASO: Our previous GM Sydney Cabioc actually got me involved in ASO very early on at the end of my first year. It was a lot of fun and I was able to first handedly experience an arts festival from a behind-the-scenes perspective. From there I kept rolling with it, and I’m thrilled to be able to lead ARTSIDEOUT this year!

  1. Many people think art is superficial and “fake deep”, what would you say to that? Mention one lesson you’ve learned through a creative experience.

Art is a really interesting area that can take many different forms, and spans a wide spectrum. Everyone creates art for different reasons, but we can also see it as a reflection of the time and space we live in. Through the body of work you create, you begin to learn more about yourself and your thought processes.

  1. What are some of the simple things you are able to appreciate about life now that you didn’t while growing up.

Maybe this isn’t so simple, but it would be change itself. When I was younger I really resisted change, but I find myself becoming more comfortable with it as I grow older.

  1. Is there any particular artist/artwork that never fails to inspire you?

I’m constantly inspired by my classmates and friends, but if I had to name one it would be my friend (and our amazing Studio Director) Carol Cheong!

 

  1. Sally Pang

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Name: Sally Pang

Position: Artistic Director’s Assistant

Cultural group you Identify with: Chinese

Program: City Studies and Studio Major

Reason you joined ASO: To become part a wonderful student community at UTSC in order to inspire other students in university.

  1. What are some of the simple things you are able to appreciate about life now that you didn’t while growing up.

My favourite medium is photography and it is a wonderful creation that can help anyone capture the simple moments in life. Seeing old photographs of the past is nostalgic and I still like to have prints of photographs to keep with me! If I could go back in time, I would definitely take more photographs of things or people I’ve spent time with.

  1. What is your most memorable art experience?

The most memorable art experience is being able to create artwork with my own choice of medium, expanding my imagination to explore diverse ideas, and inspiring other people with art.

  1. Is there any particular artist/artwork that never fails to inspire you?

Interestingly, artworks that are created by my friends around me are my biggest inspiration because their passion and the results they have achieved through their time, effort, and creativity is a motivation for me to challenge my own creativity!

 

  1. Mauriene (moh-ree-yen) Tolentino

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Position: Exec Assistant (aka Helen’s slave)

Cultural group you identify with: U of Tears

Program: Human Biology and Mental Health

Reason you joined ASO: Awesome people and event and it’s PINK!

  1. Many people think art is superficial and “fake deep”, what would you say to that?

Ugh, you just don’t get it. *eye roll* (I don’t completely understand art either but I think that’s the point.)

  1. Is there a saying you live by?

Breathe lightly, love heavily. It’s a simple reminder to kick ass despite unfortunate situations.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

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  1. Esther Wong

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Position: Financial Slav- Officer

Cultural group you Identify with: Extraterrestrial

Program: Arts Management and Art History

Reason you joined ASO: They offered me candy and said I had to go into the white van to get it…

      1.What is your culture known most for? Now, name one impressive thing about your culture that many people don’t know.

Holographic Space Unicorns, and Holographic Space Unicorns.

  1. What are some of the simple things you are able to appreciate about life now that you didn’t while growing up.

Oysters, rope, women, and Innocence

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Eat it while it’s still hot!

 

  1. Jennifer Runxin Zheng

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Position: Branding Director

Cultural group you Identify with: Chinese

Program: Studio x New Media Major

Reason you joined ASO: In my art classes, I have been enjoying seeing artworks created by my young artistic fellows. And I always wish these works could involve more people outside the art classes because I consider art is a way of seeing world, of living your life. I believe this what ARTSIDEOUT is striving for.

  1. What are some of the simple things you are able to appreciate about life now that you didn’t while growing up.

The answer is definitely seafood. I grew up in a city which is close to the sea. Fishes, crabs and clams were the main dishes on my dinner table every night, yet I was not very fond of them. However, studying in Canada and being away from home give me a second chance to really appreciate these seafood as they offer me the taste of my hometown. Now every time I miss family, I will be craving for seafood.

  1. What is your most memorable art experience?

I remember the first time I saw Vincent van Gogh’s painting Green Wheat Fields, Auvers, I was really touched. I’ve seen so many images of his works online; however, seeing the work with my own eyes is totally a different experience. Each brush stroke carries a different kind of strength and motion. Each one of these strokes are absolutely unique. They carry such heavy paint that it stands out of the canvas and almost becomes a three-dimensional sculpture. I just could not get enough of looking at them.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Never look for excuses. I have been trying not to use excuses for anything. Though I’ve failed doing so from time to time, I found it a great piece of advice to myself as I will start looking at my own mistakes and learning to take responsibilities.

 

  1. Patricia So (Meiwa)

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Position: Marketing Director of Communications

Cultural group you identify with: Honduran/Chinese

Program: Arts Management and Art History

Reason you joined ASO: It’s a must!

  1. What are some of the simple things you are able to appreciate about life now that you didn’t while growing up.

Letting my inner child express herself freely.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Sleep it off. It works every single time.

  1. Is there any particular artist/artwork that never fails to inspire you?

Vincent Van Gogh will have a special position in my heart forever. I don’t care if it sounds cliche.

 

  1. Annie Duong

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Position: Graphic Designer

Cultural group you Identify with: Vietnamese

Program: New Media Studies

Reason you joined ASO: ARTSIDEOUT is an inspiring festival for young artists and I wanted to be a part of the team that made it happen.

  1. What are some of the simple things you are able to appreciate about life now that you didn’t while growing up.

The precious free time I have. When I was younger I had so much free time, that I was always “bored.” Now as an adult, I value free time. I am never bored.

  1. Is there a saying you live by? (Share what it is and what it means to you)

“Arouse the mind without letting it settle anywhere.” A phrase by Kankei to describe a technique of meditation. To free the mind.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Choose to have confidence in yourself, as an artist will need it.

 

  1. Dominic Stephenson

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Position: Digital and Social Media Director

Cultural group you Identify with: Jamaican

Program: Health Sciences (Major) Bio and Psych(minors)

Reason you joined ASO: I was always fascinated by how the campus transformed during ASO. I was that one student who wanted to volunteer but kept missing the application deadline! After second year, I was determined to become involved. You can say the third time’s the charm.

  1. Is there a saying you live by? (Share what it is and what it means to you)

There is no cage big enough to hold you.

  1. What are you most proud of about your culture? Music, language, etc…

Much of my cultural identity is the way music keeps me going! As the motherland of Ska music, Dancehall and Reggae, Jamaica’s second language is music. It is a spiritual affair, a type of wisdom, a gateway drug- that hits home every time!

  1. What dream project were you always interested in achieving?

I always wanted to tell stories and help other people do the same. In this dream, I’d drop everything I’m doing- pick up a camera, connect with strangers and document as much as I can!

 

  1. Mavigail Sergio  

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Position: Outreach Director

Cultural group you Identify with: Filipino

Program: Arts Management Specialist, and Studio Major

Reason you joined ASO: To help strengthen the arts community within UTSC

  1. Many people think art is superficial and “fake deep”, what would you say to that? Mention one lesson you’ve learned through a creative experience.

To be honest I do understand how that interpretation came to be. However, after learning not only about art, but about humanity I believe that art can reflect humanity, or vice versa. Maybe art would be more recognizable as sincerely deep if it was similar to more classical pieces, but as time has progressed so has many other things, including art. I remember in my first year how I continuously learnt about Marcel Duchamp and his piece “Fountain”, because that artwork was significant in the change of art, and sometimes I question if was for the better since many people consider contemporary pieces as “superficial”, but I guess what’s done is done.

  1. What are some of the simple things you are able to appreciate about life now that you didn’t while growing up.

My parents doing stuff for me like cleaning up my mess and calling my doctor or dentist for appointments.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Just do it. I’m sure you know where that quote is from.

 

  1. Laura Enriquez

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Position: Outreach Assistant

Cultural group you Identify with: Filipino and Sri Lankan

Program: Specialist in Arts Management. Double Minor in Urban Public Policy and Curatorial Studies

Reason you joined ASO: I was a volunteer during my first year, and I was inspired to be more active in the UTSC community and join a supportive team that cares to engage students with art!

  1. Did your family have any quirky tradition when you were growing up? If so, what was it? Is it still something you practice?

On New Year’s Eve, my family would wait for the clock to strike 12 so they can throw coins around the house to symbolize wealth for the upcoming year — We do not practice this quirky tradition anymore.

  1. What are some of the simple things you are able to appreciate about life now that you didn’t while growing up.

Having a home-cooked meal for breakfast and dinner! Now that I am in university, I often spend my days on-campus or at work. A portion of my savings have been spent on food, and I regret that I took this “luxury” of having a meal prepared daily for granted.

  1. Is there a saying you live by? (Share what it is and what it means to you)

Even when you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

 

  1. Carol Cheong

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Position: Studio Director

Cultural group you Identify with: Chinese/Canadian

Program: Studio x Art History

Reason you joined ASO: Having participated in it through submitting and then seeing everything come together moved me into wanting to see what happens behind the scenes and take part in it.

  1. What are some of the simple things you are able to appreciate about life now that you didn’t while growing up.

Not having to adult, to be able to depend on parents financially without having a job. HAHA

  1. What is your most memorable art experience?

I can’t name only one; some of the most memorable experiences include partaking in an Ai Weiwei art piece, Say Their Names, Remember in 2013, seeing a Monet painting in person at the Pittsburgh museum in 2014, and spending countless hours labouring in the studio to complete paintings and sculptures.

  1. Is there any particular artist/artwork that never fails to inspire you?

As of late, Daniel Segrove, Ali Cavanaugh, Cj Hendry, and Soey Milk

 

  1. Kali Banner

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Position: Studio Special Projects Director

Cultural group you Identify with: Canadian, Cree

Program: Arts Management

Reason you joined ASO: to be a part of a collaborative project dedicated to celebrating the arts at UTSC

  1. What is your most memorable art experience?

That’s difficult to choose. One of my first experiences with art was when I was quite young. My mother kept her old art history textbooks from University and, for fun, I would lay them on the floor and flip through the pages. I couldn’t read yet so I would just admire the pictures. The images were few and far between, lost within a sea of text, and when they did surface they would only be black and white copies. However, if you were patient enough you would eventually stumble upon the fold-outs. Those pages were gold mines because they would always be drenched in colour.  

  1. Is there any particular artist/artwork that never fails to inspire you?

Frida Kahlo. She’s unapologetic. I admire that kind of confidence.

  1. Did your family have any quirky tradition when you were growing up? If so, what was it? Is it still something you practice?

It’s not quirky because I know several families who do this but, board game night was a ritual at my house. Scattergories and Stockticker were my two favourite games. Therapy is the worst. Don’t do it.

 

     14. Name: Ruba Al-Wakeal

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Position: Studio Logistics Coordinator

Cultural group you Identify with: Lebanese and Egyptian- Canadian

Program: Studio & Media Studies

Reason you joined ASO: To get involved and become familiar with how things work as well as meet new people.

  1. What is your culture known most for? Now, name one impressive thing about your culture that many people don’t know.

I think Lebanese culture is known for their great food and Egypt is known for its rich history! The city of Beirut was destroyed and rebuilt 7 times.

  1. Many people think art is superficial and “fake deep”, what would you say to that? Mention one lesson you’ve learned through a creative experience.

It’s subjective. You can’t control how your audience see your work. They might not have background information and they carry baggage from their walks of life. Do you. For me it’s really a challenge to create art I don’t identify with through my experiences and other factors. I make art about me and things I have strong emotions and passion towards.

  1. Did your family have any quirky tradition when you were growing up? If so, what was it? Is it still something you practice?

Not really but we used to go on roadtrips through the desert from Muscat to Dubai and it was something we did regularly. They’re trips that hold a lot of memories.

 

15. Name: Hewot Dawit

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Position: Performance Director

Cultural group you Identify with: Ethiopian

Program: Human Geography (Major) Film and lit studies (minor) GIS (minor)

Reason you joined ASO: I was a volunteer last year and I loved the entire experience of being a part of something so grand. decided to take a bigger role, one that would get me directly involved with the festival

  1. Is there a saying you live by? (Share what it is and what it means to you)

Be honest with yourself before you are with others.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Don’t over think things and be in  your head too much

  1. What dream project were you always interested in achieving?

I always wanted to create this massive scrapbook of all the memories and people that mean something to me. So tickets to galleries, receipts from outings with friends, pictures, that sort of thing.. Also knitting a scarf, that would be something I would love to achieve.

 

16. Name: Olivia Wallace

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Position: Performance Special Projects Director

Cultural group you Identify with: Jamaican-Canadian

Program: Arts Management, Studio & Art History

Reason you joined ASO: I love art and I love UTSC!

  1. What is your most memorable art experience?

My most memorable art experiences were in dance. As a suburban Brampton kid, I started out taking lessons at local dance schools and copying my older brother at home. When So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew came out, my brother and I were the biggest fans.

In high school, dance took on a whole new meaning for me. I attended Peel Region’s largest high school (Turner Fenton S.S.) where for three consecutive years I participated in a grand annual event called “CultureFest”. Through CultureFest I learned about styles that my dance schools couldn’t teach me, but my classmates could. From tinikling, to garba, to my personal favourite – bhangra. The highlight of my high school experience was performing in a Bhangra routine in my final year.

     2. What dream project were you always interested in achieving?

As a child I wanted to be an artist, then I dreamt of being performer, then I thought I’d be an art teacher. As of now, my goal is to curate and facilitate arts programs in Peel Region. My dream project is to open a studio space where young artists across disciplines can gather to train and exhibit their work.

 

17. Name: Jason Li

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Position: Performance Logistics Coordinator

Cultural group you identify with: Chinese Canadian

Program: Specialist in Arts Management, Major in Music & Culture, Minor in Sociology

Reason you joined ASO: Was the PLC last year and rehired as the PLC again for this year. To be able to make a difference in the UTSC community. My involvements in various student initiatives, for example, running and managing Ruckus: The UTSC Alumni & Community Choir on campus, have provided me with the experiences to be a successful PLC and more!

  1. Did your family have any quirky tradition when you were growing up? If so, what was it? Is it still something you practice?

Chinese pancakes with green onions on Sunday mornings with ketchup 😀 Not anymore, but now I kind of want to start it up again… since I’m craving for some now!

  1. Is there a saying you live by? (Share what it is and what it means to you)

Live in the present, do not let the past or future get in your way. Focus on what you need to do now in order to help shape your future and reflect on your past. Prioritizing on what’s important at the moment has been helpful to me.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Become the person you want to be and not what you want to have.

 

18. Nishkka Vora

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Position: Performance Assistant

Cultural group you Identify with: South East Indian

Program: French and Studio Arts

Reason you joined ASO: I am passionate towards the arts and wanted to get involved. Thought ASO would be a good opportunity.

  1. Is there any particular artist/artwork that never fails to inspire you?

I think any artist that is still improving inspires me, because a lot of artists stop trying to grow and improve their art once they have enough fans.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Best piece of advice I’ve ever been given: draw with your whole arm not your whole arm, not your wrist.

      3.What are some of the simplest things you are able to appreciate about life now that you didn’t while growing up?

Eating more than one meal a day, sleeping more than 4 hours a night, not having to cook, and all the free education I got. University killed me.

 

19. Anyonam Tutu

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Position: After Dark Coordinator

Cultural group you Identify with: Afro-Caribbean

Program: Psychology (Major) Anthropology (major)

Reason you joined ASO: I was a participant last year and worked the after-party as a Bartender and knew planning the next ASO after party event was a way I contribute my skills and passion to such an awesome programming.

  1. What is your culture known most for?

Ghanaian culture is most known for its elaborate and distinct dyed or weaved  cloths known as “Ankara” and “Kente” which involves skilled dying and weaving, which they do at an impressive speed! Despite being known also for a dish called “Fufu” we are a huge exported of Cocoa and amazing high quality chocolate!

  1. Many people think art is superficial and “fake deep”, what would you say to that? Mention one lesson you’ve learned through a creative experience.

It can be, but it’s also the meaning you attach with it and the message the artist was trying to convey. It took them time and skill and creativity to produce something positive in the world so why not just embrace it for that fact Alone. One lesson I’ve learned is that art in any medium can break down barriers and speaks as universal language.

  1. Did your family have any quirky tradition when you were growing up? If so, what was it? Is it still something you practice?

My mom’s family is spanish…they have a lot of funny and awkward traditions…like Period Parties!!!…yea awkward.

 

20. Nelly Choi

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Position: Volunteer Coordinator

Cultural group you Identify with: Korean

Program: Mathematics

Reason you joined ASO: I loved the experience I had last year as Clubs Coordinator

  1. What is your culture known most for? Now, name one impressive thing about your culture that many people don’t know.

Korean culture is known for the language, Hangul. It has countless adjectives that can describe almost anything on earth, including sounds.

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

If you cannot avoid, enjoy it.

 

21. Name: Karen Jane Del Rosario

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Position: Volunteer Assistant

Cultural group you Identify with: Filipino/Canadian

Program: Life Sciences (but I’m in Music too!)

Reason you joined ASO: Why wouldn’t you want to join ASO?

  1. Did your family have any quirky tradition when you were growing up? If so, what was it? Is it still something you practice?

I mean, I hope this is quirky enough. After church we always have to head out to McDs because that

was the thing to do.

  1. Is there a saying you live by? (Share what it is and what it means to you)

“Have a day” – My high school teacher.

I could go on forever about this, but it goes back to when one of my best friends passed away in first year and I was heartbroken. We both planned on going into the medical field, and our health care class was one big family. Have a day was what our teacher would say because you never know what kind of day you’re going to have. Some days are good, some bad, but be grateful that it’s still a day.

  1. What are you most proud of about your culture? Music, language, etc…

The amazing food that they make. Man, that stuff is blessed!!!