Advisory Committee

Allan Bender
Allan is owner and art director of Blinc Studios. He is an artist, community activist, educator and mural painter for communities, institutions, corporations, themed environments, museums and zoos. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art, York University, Allan established arts and crafts programs for Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services and as a Prison Arts Foundation board member facilitated the establishing of prison arts programs inside Canadian Institutions. Allan was the Executive Director for Ontario 7th Steps Society tasked with establishing pre-release programs for youth and adults in correctional facilities. He also aided Ontario Fortune Society in transitioning Correctional Services half-way houses to be solely governed and operated by Fortune Society community programs. From 1985 to 2008 Allan worked as a producer and production manager in the television and film industry in North America, Scandinavia, Russia and Australia. He is a member of Mural Routes, educator with MURALi and currently president of the Mural Routes board of directors.

Anya Mielniczek
Anya Mielniczek is a Toronto based mixed-media artist whose work explores combinations of both fine art and street dirt mediums in portraiture, installation and public art. Inspired by garbage bits, human consumption and the divine feminine her practice is emotionally charged, experimental and responsive to the time and place she’s creating in while playing between a real and fantastical aesthetic. A Queen’s University graduate, Mielniczek is a 2014 Mural Routes Mural Art Career Development alumni and has since worked with various arts organizations, city BIAs and Councillors offices as well as corporate partners such as DELL, RBC and 1800GOTJUNK.

Adrienne Costantino
Adrienne Costantino is an arts educator and print-maker who has a passion for developing and facilitating programs that provide audiences of all ages and abilities with the capacity to connect to the arts in deep and meaningful ways. Currently, Adrienne is the Community Programs Coordinator at Lakeshore Arts and has experience working with Mural Routes staff on the Eighth Street Skatepark Mural Project.  Before joining Lakeshore Arts, Adrienne held a two-year TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellowship at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and has worked for Harbourfront Centre, Toronto International Film Festival and the Textile Museum of Canada.

Bareket Kezwer
Bareket Kezwer is a visual artist, muralist, graphic designer, curator, and eternal optimist. Her work is motivated by a desire to spread joy, nurture present minded living, cultivate gratitude, and foster new social interactions. She works with bright colours and bold patterns to captivate people’s attention and fill them with delight. She is passionate about creating art that both aesthetically and psychologically brightens the streets and wants to build a community around positive living and empowerment.

She loves engaging with the community and empowering people through art. For the last two years, she has organized Womxn Paint, a street art jam that has created 7,000sq.ft. of murals. She facilitated the creation of a 40 ft. intergenerational mural with 60 community members at Baycrest Health Sciences; led a group at the Elm Street YWCA/Winona’s House in the painting of a patchwork quilt, co-created a mural with the community at St. Felix Centre. Over the last five years, she has created custom large-scale artworks for clients including the City of Toronto, the City of Mississauga, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Toronto, the STEPS Initiative, Arts Etobicoke, East End Arts, and private clients.

Jade Lee Hoy
For nearly a decade, Jade has worked in arts and culture with organizations like OCAD University, MANIFESTO Community Projects, Friends of the Pan Am Path, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division. Her passion for social change and learning from diverse cultures has taken her to over a dozen countries calling four her home. These experiences lead to the creation of her practice in Creative Placemaking and Community Building. Jade holds a BA in International Development from Trent University and an MDES in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University.

As the former Executive Director of Friends of the Pan Am Path, Jade’s passion for public art and mural creation sparked collaboration with Mural Routes. She now joins the Advisory committee ready to share her expertise and sectoral knowledge.

Javid Jah
Javid Jah (MRAIC, M. Arch) is a street artist and an emerging industrial designer based in Toronto, Canada. Developing a studio with projects migrating between public art murals and site-specific installation, Javid’s practice explores how marginal identities (graffiti, Islam) impact spatial design. Much of this effort has been manifest in commission projects for Muslim communities, including the Dome of Madinah Masjid on Danforth ave, Toronto. After completing a Masters in Architecture at the University of Toronto in 2013, Javid has been experimenting with space-making via modified shipping containers, engaged in design and fabrication for public and private use as a member of Wonder Inc. Since 2005, Javid has been involved in various programs at Mural Routes, including the launch of Scarborough’s first graffiti festival, CANspace, at Malvern Public Library. Recently, Javid has become a member of the Board of Directors at Mural Routes.

Jieun Kim
Jieun June Kim (b. Seoul, Korea) is a painter and muralist who lives and works in Toronto. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, U.S in 2012 and her BFA from Duksung Women’s University with honors in Seoul, Korea in 2009. In her painting Jieun explores different ideas of “home” using colorful patterns and dynamic natural forms. Since moving to Canada in 2016, her works has been shown at notable galleries and events in Toronto and she has been commissioned to paint numerous murals across GTA. After taking Mural Routes Career Development (MACD) program in 2017 Jieun formed artists collective named KJ Bit with one of her classmates and coordinated murals and street art events such as “Laneway Light Up” project (2018). Jieun is also the recipient of the Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant from the Toronto Arts Council (2018).

Komi Olaf
Komi Olaf (Nigeria, 1985) is a visual artist, poet and architectural designer who is best known for his ability to represent, both visually and poetically, the complexities of the world and generation he finds himself within. In recent years, Komi’s art has been shaped by a cultural and artistic movement known as Afrofuturism, which explores African and African diasporic cultures in intersection with technology. Through the lens of Afrofuturism, Komi has been able to transmit his sense of pride in the African cultures from which his perspectives emerge, while reflecting his interest in using artistry to reconnect Black people to a shared sense of history, resilience and strength. Komi completed Mural Routes’ Mural Art Career Development certificate program in 2018.

Michael Li
Michael Li is a mural-art enthusiast who has a background in finance. Outside of work, he is heavily involved in the mural arts community in Toronto, as a participant, as well as being a member of the Board of Directors at Mural Routes. Michael is a recent student of Mural Routes’ Introduction to Mural Art course and the Mural Art Career Development program in 2018. Michael is committed to supporting the continued growth and development of the programs facilitated by Mural Routes.

Rebecca Stubbs
Rebecca Stubbs is an arts programmer living and working in downtown Toronto. As an avid dancer and amateur artist for years, Rebecca’s passion for arts and culture was ingrained in her since youth. With degrees in both City Studies and Urban Planning, Rebecca has spent the past six years preserving and programming for Canada’s extensive art scene. Some accomplishments include being part of the first-of-it’s-kind neon sign museum in Edmonton, and while working as the arts and cultural liaison for the Downtown Yonge BIA, implementing and managing a pop-up art gallery, establishing Toronto’s first ever music museum, and managing the erection of a pair of history of music murals, 22 stories in height; each project garnering awards. After the excitement and success of the dual music murals, Rebecca has put effort into developing a mural strategy in Downtown Yonge with the main aim to brighten and bring awareness to the rich cultural identity of the area. To enhance her knowledge in mural management, Rebecca completed the Mural Art Career Development certificate offered by Mural Routes in 2018.

Rob Matejka
Through his artistic journey Rob Matejka has embraced art as a medium for positive interaction and enjoys animating the people and communities he works with – making art accessible through; classes, workshops, mentoring, and adding to the growing Toronto outdoor public mural gallery. Rob has been a Toronto-based artist, art educator, and art mentor for over 15 years, and has worked freelance with business and organizations across the city such as; Mural Routes, VIBE Arts, Lakeshore Arts, TCDSB, and more. As a part of the Mural Routes advisory committee team Rob is particularly interested in the continued growth of Mural Routes, as well as making mural production increasingly environmentally sustainable, and projects which engage and benefit marginalized/vulnerable communities.