Sally Lee is the new Executive Director of CARFAC Ontario

June 11, 2015

For Immediate Release

Toronto, ON - CARFAC Ontario Board of Directors is pleased to announce Sally Lee as the new Executive Director of CARFAC Ontario. 

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As an active member of Toronto’s arts community, Sally brings to CARFAC Ontario over 25 years of experience as an arts administrator. She has held management and leadership positions at a broad range of not-for-profit organizations, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Artists for Peace and Justice Canada, Samara Canada, and the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, where she was Executive Director. She has also worked at artist-run centres such as the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, and served on the Board of Directors at the Images Festival. She currently sits on the Advocacy Committee of the Toronto Arts Council, the Board of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, and the Advisory Board of Reel Asian. Sally has a BA from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Philosophy and Literary Studies.  

śSally brings to this position a depth of experience, a glowing reputation and good humour.  We, the board, are thrilled to have her join our team. Welcome, Sally!“ - Yael Brotman, President 

Sally will assume her new role on Monday, June 22, 2015 and can be reached at sl[at]carfacontario.ca or 416-340-8850 / toll-free: 1-877-890-8850. 


For further information:

Yael Brotman, President
CARFAC Ontario  
www.carfacontario.ca   
Toll-free: 1-877-890-8850  
carfacontario@carfacontario.ca 
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CARFAC Ontario Executive Director, Kristian Clarke, taking his passion for helping Artists to Canadian Actors Equity

Release Date: March 17, 2015

For Immediate Release

Kristian has spent the last fourteen years working towards improving conditions for visual and media artists in Ontario.

Kristian is pleased to have overseen the doubling of CARFAC Ontario's membership since he began in 2001. During that stretch he has also increased operating funding from the Ontario Arts Council by over 80%, supervised the acquisition of numerous Visual Arts Ontario's assets, and developed a long-lasting partnership with Torys LLP in which hundreds of thousands of dollars of pro bono services have been offered to CARFAC Ontario members.

"It took me a long time to find a job where the purpose really mattered. CARFAC is an essential voice and has been a big part of my life. I have been humbled by the artists and administrators I have worked with. Their commitment to bettering the environment for artists is contagious. A definite highlight was standing on the steps of the Supreme Court when on May 14th, 2014 when the judges unanimously ruled in favour of CARFAC's case in relation to the National Gallery of Canada."

As an advocate in the broader arts community, Kristian has played an essential role in Co-Chairing the Coalition of Provincial Arts Service Organizations (PASO) and serving on the board of WorkInCulture. He hopes to continue in his role as a board member of the foundation, CANVAS, which provides emergency funds to artists in distress. For him, "the work of Canadian Actors Equity is similar to that of CARFAC. I have always viewed them like a big sister organization and having an opera singer wife who has benefited from their services, it seems like a natural transition."

"We are truly appreciative of Kristian's enthusiasm, diligence and vision over the past fourteen years. He has assisted in guiding CARFAC Ontario through its growth into a more vibrant organization. His legacy is his passion for helping artists achieve and maintain professionalism. We are confident that he will succeed in his new position." comments Yael Brotman, President of the CARFAC Ontario Board of Directors.

CARFAC Ontario is engaged in a detailed search and hiring process for a new senior staff person. The goal is for the individual to be in place this June with training and transition during the month of May.

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Press Inquiries:
Kristian Clarke, Executive Director
CARFAC Ontario
kc@carfacontario.ca


CARFAC Ontario President Finds Money for Beautiful Places

Release Date: January, 25, 2013

For Immediate Release

Toronto, January 25, 2013 - After twelve years of hard work, Toronto City Council has directed the billboard tax to arts and culture. Starting with an investment of six million in 2013, City Council has committed to a four year plan to increase Toronto's yearly arts investment by $17.5 million and meet the long sought after $25 per-capita goal. This will be accomplished by utilizing a $22.5 million arts and culture reserve created from billboard tax revenue. An alliance of over 60 arts organizations in Toronto titled BeautifulCity.ca kept City Council focused on reaching the per capita target. As Co-Founder of this organization and President of CARFAC Ontario, Devon Ostrom had this to say about the historical outcome:

It is a fantastic day for the arts in Toronto. There is going to be increased support for young people across the city, our public spaces will be rejuvenated and our economic vitality as a city will be strengthened.

Devon is a co-founder of them.ca and Manifesto Festival, is a member of the Toronto City Summit Alliance’s ELN, Ryerson’s Top 30 Under 30, and not only serves as President of CARFAC Ontario, but also serves on the Toronto Arts Council and Manifesto Boards.
Some of Devon’s other accomplishments include: the HYPE series at the Art Gallery of Ontario; a mural and research project at Kingston Penitentiary; and Canada’s first major exhibition of street art (held at the ROM). His curatorial record also includes the acclaimed Streetscape programming for Luminato 2008 simultaneously occurring at Regent Park and the former Tent City.


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Press Inquiries:
Kristian Clarke, Executive Director
CARFAC Ontario
kc@carfacontario.ca


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