Perry Lupyrypa, Interim Executive Director
Maggie Hutcheson, Lead Curator and Researcher, Block by Block
Maggie Hutcheson is a community-engaged artist, educator, curator and consultant. Over the past 15 years she has collaborated with other artists and Toronto residents to animate oral histories of war, gentrification, homelessness and migration. Maggie has worked with a range of arts and non-arts organizations, including the CBC, Jumblies Theatre, MABELLEarts, Toronto Arts Foundation and York University. In 2011, she co-founded the award-winning Department of Public Memory, an arts collective that commemorates overlooked public institutions in Toronto. Maggie authored the Ontario Arts Council’s recently published handbook on best practices in community-engaged art, has extensive teaching experience and holds a PhD in Environmental Studies.
Maggie grew up in Toronto. Her father immigrated to Montreal from London in 1955. Her mother’s family migrated from Kent (England), Alsace and Bukovina between 1860 and 1910.
Maggie Hutcheson, chef commissaire et chercheuse, Quartier par quartier
Maggie Hutcheson est une artiste impliquée dans la communauté, une éducatrice, une commissaire et une consultante. Depuis 15 ans, elle collabore avec d’autres artistes et résidents de Toronto afin d’animer des récits de guerre, d’embourgeoisement, d’itinérance et de migration. Maggie a collaboré avec une variété d’organismes artistiques et non artistiques, y compris la CBC, Jumblies Theatre, MABELLEarts, Toronto Arts Foundation et York University. En 2011, elle a cofondé le Department of Public Memory, un collectif de création primé qui commémore les institutions publiques négligées à Toronto. Maggie a écrit le guide sur les meilleures pratiques en art communautaire, récemment publié par le Conseil des arts d’Ontario; elle possède une vaste expérience en enseignement et détient un doctorat en études environnementales.
Maggie a grandi à Toronto. Son père a immigré à Montréal depuis Londres en 1955. La famille de sa mère a migré de Kent (Angleterre), de l’Alsace et de Bucovine entre 1860 et 1910.
Brannavy Jeyasundaram, Assistant Lead Curator/Researcher
Brannavy Jeyasundaram is an Eelam Tamil writer and bharatanatyam dancer born in Toronto. Her father arrived in St. Jamestown (by-way of Berlin) as a refugee following the 1983 anti-Tamil pogroms in Sri Lanka. This same event prompted her mother’s displacement and forced her to settle in Toronto’s west-end. Brannavy is moved by expressions of diasporic memory, survival, and place. Currently, she helps organize participatory arts initiatives with the Tamil Archive Project and is the managing editor of Adi Magazine. In 2020, she was a researcher/curator in the Block by Block program for Agincourt and had an incredibly transformative experience. Her experience, especially within the context of the pandemic, solidified the importance of storytelling and collective gathering as necessary to survival. As a future leader of the TWM she hopes to help nourish our wonderful programs that value migrants as makers of Toronto’s past, present, and future. She looks forward to working with Henrick to help build a lasting legacy for our museum without walls.
Henrick Sales, Digital Content Creator and Marketing Outreach Coordinator
Henrick “Shoolie” Sales is a spoken word artist, youth advocate, program facilitator, and the founder and creative director of Stay Golden, a grassroots initiative in the Agincourt community that gives young people the ability to share their stories through arts and community engagement. Henrick was a researcher/curator for with the 2020 Block by Block team and alongside Brannavy, helped organize and host the 2020 Beyond the Block Virtual Finale.
Henrick started as an artist for UNITY charity back in 2011 while in high school. Throughout the years, he has done different creative programs in the communities of Toronto, ranging from spoken word, mental health, creative thinking, and design workshops. He has also been featured and performed in multiple events throughout the city.
Henrick is the 2010 Grand Slam Champion for Bam! The Toronto Youth Slam. He has two poetry books called “Take Me Home” and “Blue Lips.”
Jay Patel, Intern, Dishing Up Toronto
Jay is a third year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in History and English and a candidate in the Concurrent Education Program at York University. Born and raised in Toronto, food and dance were two of the ways his family connected him to his Indian roots and heritage. His hobbies include dancing, reading and traveling. Jay is particularly interested in how language, food and dance impact the immigrant experience in Toronto.
Johnny Lau, Research Intern
Johnny Lau is a first generation Chinese-Canadian who is an undergraduate student in History at York University, currently in his final year. He enjoys learning about the cultural history and practices of different societies and people, as well as historical events that continue to influence contemporary issues. Johnny is interested in exploring the usage of digital media as a medium for outreach and engagement with diverse communities and its potential for change in a new world.
Randa Tukan, Intern, Journeys to the Frontline
Randa Tukan is a founding member of AnD Collaborative for art and design consulting. She has over 25 years of extensive experience in the creative field of art and design, and applied research experience in urban planning for settlement of refugees. Randa is fluent in English, French, and Arabic, and has worked on projects in over 20 countries.
With an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute of Art, Randa also holds an MA in Liberal Arts, and a Certificate in Management and Administration from Harvard University. She has taught design studio at the Ontario College of Art and Design’s Environmental Design program and is an advisory committee member for Humber’s Interior Design program.
Randa is currently Master of Museum Studies candidate at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto focusing on curation and heritage preservation. Being of a Palestinian-Lebanese origin, her interest lies in museum activism around issues of migration, displacement and
refugeeism. She has curated and designed the upcoming Toronto Ward Museum’s “Journeys to the Frontline” exhibit of 2018.
Niusha Niki Assadian, Student Intern, Dishing Up Toronto
Born and raised mostly in Iran, Niusha Niki Assadian migrated to Canada for a short period during her childhood and returned to Toronto for university. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto Scarborough with a Major in Anthropology and Minors in Sociology and Culture, Creativity, and Cities. She enjoys learning the life stories of others and firmly believes in grassroots activism. Her hope is to become involved with social justice and community-based projects around the world.
Amani Hasin Farook, Student Intern, Dishing Up Toronto
Amani is currently a student at the University of Toronto. She is majoring in English and minoring in both Anthropology and Sociology. Amani was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and immigrated to Toronto, Canada with her family at the age of 3. Her hobbies include kickboxing, travelling and reading. She is particularly interested in migration stories that teach us about the diverse array of cultures around us. She is delighted to be working on the Dishing Up Toronto project alongside the Toronto Ward Museum.
Rumaisa Khan, Student Intern, Dishing Up Toronto
Rumaisa Khan is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a major in Health Studies and double minor in Political Science and Anthropology. Rumaisa is interested in projects around refugee and newcomer youth and and has a particular interest in migration studies and public health. She is also interesting in exploring the ways in which we can use storytelling and narrative to advocate for change.
Akash Kovoor, Student Intern, Dishing Up Toronto
Akash Kovoor is an Indian – Canadian undergraduate student who is currently finishing his last year at the University of Toronto. A willing adventurer in terms of food, he is excited to try new and different items from an array of cultures. He is very enthusiastic about participating in Dishing up Toronto and is excited to see what this venture holds for the Ward Museum now and in the future.