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 four Global Mural Conferences (in California, Nevada, Scotland and Georgia) 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.
In 1995 Karin developed the National Mural Symposium (Canada) and since that time has produced 17 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.
In February 2013 Karin was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee for her contribution to the arts and service to Canada and received an Urban Hero Award from the Mirror Newspaper in 2014.