We're a small but powerful core team of creatives, community organizers, activists, and above all, visionaries, working hard to elevate the impact, quality, reach and relevance of the Sea Walls mandate from a fresh water perspective. This June, join us as we strive to open people’s eyes, hearts and minds to the issues facing the majestic Great Lakes in Toronto, Canada.
Amy has always had a fascination with cities and urban structure. Coupled with a passion for the arts, she has been working at the interstices of Urban Planning and Art for the better part of a decade and has been involved in projects with NXNE, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, and the Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture, to name a few.
A delightful mix of dry humour and organizational precision, Amy is a leader in Project Management and Coordination and thrives on unique challenges and bringing art in to accessible spaces and the public realm.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / PANGEASEED CANADIAN REGIONAL PROJECT COORDINATOR
A graduate from the ACAD in 1997, Botkin is an artist and community organizer that has been involved in the creation of over 200 murals internationally since 2009, while exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions throughout canada, the united states, and europe.
His body of work includes the co-creation of the EN MASSE project in 2009. This is an ongoing, multi-artist, black and white collaborative drawing initiative that depends upon an ever-expanding global network of visual artists drawn from diverse backgrounds. EN MASSE explores the boundary melting aspects of individual artistic authorship toward the creation of a collective vision and effort, greater than any one could create on their own.
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PANGEASEED FOUNDATION/SEA WALLS
Tre’ has travelled throughout Asia documenting some of most remote locations bringing to light never before documented fisheries contributing to the destruction of ocean ecosystems and the often illegal trade of threatened marine life. These experiences coupled with his interest in contemporary art led him to establish PangeaSeed in 2009 to cultivate a new era in marine conservation.
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS & HQ PROGRAMMING
HERMANN & AUDREY.
Jacquelyn focuses her attention towards art and cultural engagement strategies for brand, public art and place-making projects. Active in the creative communities her work supports, she acts a bridge uniting art with commerce to a series of top international brands and toward creative economy stimulus in Toronto through her role at Hermann & Audrey.
Hermann & Audrey's Ossington gallery space RALLY will host the HQ to our festival activities...a base camp featuring workshops, exhibitions, presentations, parties, and a place to gather and share perspectives on the key issues.
COMMUNICATIONS & INTERNATIONAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
PangeaSeed Regional Creative Director Latin Ameria
Based in Mexico City, Arias has a passion for all things art and media. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and a minor in Art & Communication from L’Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris. She acts as a liaison between PangeaSeed and international media outlets as well as Latin American artists.
Stuart Pearce is an interdisciplinary artist, art director and magazine founder based in Toronto, Canada. Stuart currently works in the Canadian film industry as a graphic designer and art director and has also been creating murals and public art interventions for well over a decade. In 2012, he founded Bizarre Beyond Belief Magazine, a free online magazine dedicated to extraneous and misunderstood sub-cultures.
VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY COORDINATOR
Originally from Vancouver, Molly moved to Toronto in 2008 to attend Ryerson University and fell in love with the city. Since then, she has since become involved with several cultural and city-building initiatives. Molly currently works in research, managing international projects with a focus on youth engagement. In the summer she can be found swimming in Lake Ontario, wishing for more urban beaches.
Gabriella's BA in Global Studies and MA in Art & Gender History are utilized through community engagement projects in academic, non-profit, and social spheres. She passionately increases public awareness through arts, education, and environmental initiatives.
She acted as communications coordinator for an international development project in Ghana and produced media content at the 2014 UN World Urban Forum in Colombia for a Toronto based urban research organization. Gabriella facilitates communication between the internal Seawalls team and our local media partners.
ORGANIZING PARTNER - DON RIVER SITE
Devon is a curator, artist and advocate with a history of creating projects that connect across sectors, cities and neighbourhoods. Typically involving large assemblages of organizations — greatest hits include collabos such as: the Pan Am Path, Arrivals Canada, Streetscape, Housepaint at the ROM, Hype at the AGO, t.h.e.m., Ignite the Americas and mural and research project in Kingston Penitentiary. A co-founder of Manifesto Festival, Devon was also a founder of Beautifulcity.ca. (A successful campaign that put a levy on billboards to fund art in Toronto.) Devon co-taught Arts Advocacy at UofT, has graduated from Nonprofit Management and HR Management programs at Ryerson and holds an MA in Curating from Goldsmiths. See: ostrom.ca for more.
FESTIVAL OPERATIONS - DON RIVER SITE
AMP earned a BA at Queen’s University, and an MBA from U. of Guelph, to pursue a mission, to live, work + surf in Hawaii. Detours on this mission exposed her to many Drake Hotel cultural events + a fascination with Style in Progress + Resurface art in the city overhauls. This new love stuck as she left for the promised land.
In 2012, AMP established AMPlove + in 2014, co-founded not for profit, Surface Art. She has facilitated over 20 large-scale public art projects and participated in 5 festivals. 2016 brought her back to warm Hawaiian waves to help Keep it Flowing with a 3000sqft mural in the Nānākuli Community, Oahu; and the pleasure of witnessing a Toronto artist paint in Pow! Wow! Hawaii. Nothing brings this surfergirl more joy than seeing her home city mix aloha for the Great Lakes with beautiful art.
Jean deMers makes illustrations and comics in Toronto, with work full of surreal and fantasy-inspired imagery. After graduating from OCAD university’s illustration program, he became co-manager of Wavering Line Press, which works with local illustrators to publish a bi-annual arts magazine. Whether through music or visual arts, Jean always looks for opportunities to share ideas and work collaboratively.