Racial Equity in the Workplace I

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Racial Equity in the Workplace I

What is this moment asking of us?

To support and nurture diverse art and artist-led city building to foster not only a resilient and sustainable arts ecosystem, but also to achieve a truly equitable, inclusive and accessible city where everyone belongs.

Calgary Arts Development is committed to bettering our systems regarding equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA). As a public agency stewarding public dollars for the benefit of all Calgarians, we aspire to foster a resilient and sustainable arts sector that is safe and welcoming for all, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical or mental abilities.

As part of our series of Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Halls, the first of three sessions focused on racial equity in the workplace will take place on July 27, 2023. These sessions take place over Zoom and are free and open to everyone.

Racial Equity in the Workplace I

Hosted by Toyin Oladele in conversation with Sanja Lukac, Visual & Media Arts Curator at Arts Commons, and Maud Salvi, Executive Director at Sled Island. This will be a conversation with arts organizations discussing hiring policies, practices and internal procedures that help them hire and engage artists, staff and volunteers in an equitable way.

Date: Thursday, July 27, 2023
Time: 12 – 2pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free with registration


Toyin Oladele

Toyin Oladele is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, arts manager, creative strategist, and community builder, originally from Nigeria. She is a motivated and results-focused professional with two decades of experience, she has demonstrated excellence in organizational development, strategic planning, program development and implementation, community and arts-based event planning, production and event management, engagement, and equity & diversity.

As a consultant and in her diverse roles, Toyin has overseen the development, delivery, and evaluation of a range of programs, projects, and partnerships focused on elevating the cultural landscape and supporting arts and culture professionals from all backgrounds. Her professional strengths are firmly rooted in her passion to invigorate community spaces with arts and culture, infusing inclusivity and vibrancy into her community, through a strategic approach that is highly collaborative.

Toyin has been named as Canada’s Top 100 Black Women to watch by CIBWE in 2022, Top 25 EDIA Persons of the year by Canadian Multicultural Group in 2021 amongst other awards and nominations

In her spare time, Toyin loves to watch movies in Yoruba language, her mother tongue and engage with creative people. She also enjoys coaching, mentoring and assisting newcomers, especially women, to find their voice as professionals in the city of Calgary and across Canada and North America. Toyin is married and is a mother of three.

Sanja Lukac

Sanja Lukac (she/her) is a visual artist, curator and community activator passionate about equity in the arts and elevating the work of emerging artists. As an immigrant artist herself, Sanja works to create meaningful opportunities in the arts for all artists and is a mentor to many emerging and newcomer artists.

Her passion for the arts extends to her local community as the Visual and Media Arts Curator at Arts Commons, Canada’s 3rd largest art centre. She is actively helping other artists thrive in the Calgary/Mohkinstsis arts ecosystem through her dedicated mentorship with the RBC Emerging Visual Artist Program, and support with the TD Incubator Program at Arts Commons, as well as in her volunteer work for the board of directors of the Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI) and the Exposure Photography Festival.

She is a founder and the executive director of SEITIES STUDIO, a traditional photography publication + gallery dedicated to international artists who work with traditional production methods in contemporary photography. In her spare time, she explores nature or is in her environmental darkroom.

Maud Salvi
Maud Salvi was born in France, where she got involved with the arts community from a young age, spending years volunteering at festivals and in a music venue housed in a community center, where she fell in love with live music and grassroots organizing.

She has over 15 years of experience working in the music sector, both in France and Canada. After immigrating in 2008 and settling in Montreal, she joined the POP Montreal International Music Festival where she honed her skills as an arts administrator, producer, and curator. In 2013, she moved across the country to join the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival as Executive Director. Six months into her new position, the Calgary flood forced the cancellation of the festival halfway through, leaving hundreds of artists stranded, staff and volunteers displaced, and the fate of the organization more than uncertain. Through hard work and incredible community support, Sled Island survived and Maud has led its rebuilding ever since, further establishing it as a Calgary institution and an internationally acclaimed event.  As a festival director and curator, she has participated in conferences across Canada, in the United States, Mexico, and South Korea.

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