Staff & Board of Directors

 

Staff

Marta Keller-Hernandez, Managing Director  marta@muralroutes.ca
Originally from Spain, Marta Keller-Hernandez holds Degrees in Tourism and Humanities, a Masters in Social Media Marketing from the University of Alicante (Spain), and a Graduate Certificate in Culture and Heritage Site Management from Centennial College. In Toronto, Marta has worked with a wide range of arts and culture organizations such as Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue, Latin American Canadian Art Projects and Sur Gallery, Heritage Toronto, and Art Starts. Also, Marta is the co-founder of Paralia Newcomer Arts Network, the recipient of the Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant in the capacity of mentor and a Toronto Arts Council 2018 Leaders Lab fellow.

Tara Dorey, Program Director  programs@muralroutes.ca
Tara is passionate about the field of community arts and murals, a field that bridges her backgrounds from a Bachelor of Fine Art in Drawing & Painting from OCAD University and a Community Arts Practice Certificate from York University. She has worked with community arts groups across Toronto since 2012, in roles as artist, arts educator, facilitator, and curator. Tara worked with Mural Routes as Program Coordinator and Instructor from 2012-2016. After a year spent in London, England, she returned to in 2017 as Project Manager, as curator of the Toronto Mural Archive, and then as Curriculum Manager. Over the years of working in the field, she has built a personal rapport with many of the artists and groups creating murals in Toronto and beyond.

 

Nazli Nahidi, Program Assistant  nazli@muralroutes.ca
Nazli is an artist, writer, and arts administrator. She holds a BFA from OCAD University and a postgraduate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College. She has worked with organizations such as Luminato, Walnut Studios, and the Artist Project and regularly writes reviews for an online art magazine called ARTORONTO. Within the span of her career she has gained experience in a range of departments in the arts including teaching, marketing, communications, outreach, and staff management. She believes in the power of art to educate, heal, and bring people together in a critical and relevant way that is felt immediately and appreciated culturally.

 

Rob Matejka, Lead Instructor  rob@muralroutes.ca
Through his artistic journey Rob Matejka has embraced art as a medium for positive social intervention and is enjoying animating the communities and people he works with – making art accessible to all through workshops, mentoring, and adding to the growing outdoor public gallery. Rob has been an arts educator and mentor for Mural Routes for over 10 years, and has worked freelance with The City of Toronto, Toronto school boards, Toronto Public Libraries, and arts organizations across the city such as VIBE Arts, Lakeshore Arts, and Arts Etobicoke. Rob enjoys using murals to create spaces we enter and experience physically – while coordinating large scale projects engaging large numbers of community members to beautify communities and build community pride.

 

Jackie Santos, Membership & Technical Coordinator
membership@muralroutes.ca
Jackie has a long and rich history volunteering and working with Mural Routes.  From database management to website design to assisting at the first mural symposia, she has been involved with the organization for many years. After working as a Project and Account manager at a busy marketing firm, Jackie was the first to hold the position of Executive Director of Mural Routes (from 2003-2005).  She took a break to have her two children and pursue a career as a Nutritionist but always remained involved with Mural Routes.  As someone who is passionate about the arts and community – Jackie is thrilled to be working in the Mural Routes office twice a week as the Membership and Technical Coordinator. Jackie studied Business Administration and Computer Science at Ryerson University and is an Honours Graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. 

 

Karin Eaton, Specialist Advisor
Founder and Past Executive & Artistic Director (2005-2018)
karin@muralroutes.ca

Karin has been involved in arts management with a focus on community engagement for over 30 years. During that time she has developed extensive knowledge and global contacts in the field of mural art production and is recognized as a leader in the field of community mural production in the City of Toronto. In addition to providing advice and consultation to many artists, organizations and municipalities, Karin has been invited to speak at five Global Mural Conferences (in California, Nevada, Scotland, Georgia and Newfoundland) and has presented papers at the Modern Mural Experts Meeting at the Getty Center in California and the Modern and Contemporary Mural Paintings Conference in Valencia, Spain.

Since 1990, Karin has managed the production of more than 50 murals in Toronto and has consulted on a variety of mural art related topics with artists, organizations, municipalities and community groups. In 1995  Karin developed the National Mural Symposium (Canada) and since that time has produced 18 symposia in towns across Ontario. Since 2001, she has managed a range of mentorship and mural art education programs and learning opportunities, which evolved into the (mobile) Mural Art Learning Institute funded through an Ontario Trillium Foundation GROW grant.

Karin has volunteered on numerous arts and community committees including several City of Toronto’s Public Art Committees. She was a board member of Harbourfront Centre for nine years and is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Festival of Authors.Karin was responsible for the publication Mural Production: A Resource Handbook, in 2005 and the 2nd Revised Edition in 2015.Her paper “The Disappearing Murals of East Toronto” was published in Conservation Issues in Modern and Contemporary Murals by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2015. In February 2013 Karin was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee for her contribution in the arts and service to Canada and received an Urban Hero Award from the Mirror Newspaper in 2014.

Board of Directors

President
Allan Bender

Vice President
Cristina Delago

Treasurer
Donald Dority

Secretary
Rob Watson

Javid Alibhai

Lauren Gould

Michael Li

Rebecca Stubbs

Vandana Taxali

Member Emeritus (Advisory)

Hedi Greenwood
Carol-Knowlton Dority