Born and raised in the 💚 of Scarborough, Sylvie Stojanovski is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, community organizer and facilitator inspiring social change through creative entrepreneurship
+ community art-making.💕
With over 10 years of experience building community partnerships and resource-sharing in the arts & culture sector, Sylvie currently works at the intersection of art, business and sustainability to realize sustainable futures where people feel safe and empowered to be themselves + live in reciprocity with the natural world.
SELECTION OF CURRENT ROLES
Founder of the youth-led working group Artists 4 Sustainability, which supports emerging creatives in building their capacity to work with natural materials and incorporate regenerative principles into their art making.
Co-founder of the hyperlocal artist collective Scarbrite, which brightens the streets of Scarborough through co-creating visual works of art with members of the community that bring to light the stories of the suburb.
Arts Educator at VIBE Arts, where I work collaboratively with partners in under-resourced communities to create a lasting impact on the lives of young people through arts education programming.
SELECTION OF FORMER AFFILIATIONS
Director of Community Relations and Development of the youth-led multidisciplinary arts Festival ARTSIDEOUT (ASO) at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where I managed a portfolio of 30+ community partners consisting of local businesses, schools and festivals.
Fellow for the Flourish: Arts and Social Wellness Cluster of Scholarly Prominence in the department of Health & Society at the University of Toronto, which explores how creative arts engagement enriches social connection and wellness across the lifecourse.
Artist for the Youth Climate Lab, where I developed a series artworks to prompt conversation around how to accelerate the low-carbon transition here in Canada and #MoveTheNeedle on climate conversations.
Research Assistant at Mass Culture, where I supported the development of Artifex–a publicly accessible database of research resources.
“I am passionate about working as a liaison between sectors, places and people. I find facilitating connections + conversations to be a fulfilling experience.”
I have an Honours BA from the University of Toronto Scarborough with a Specialist in Arts Management, and a certificate in Graphic Design and Web Development from UforChange.
In my undergrad, I completed two independent research projects. The first focused on determining the common traits and processes that underpin “successful” entrepreneurial work in the arts & culture sector. This led to the creation of a working model of artrepreneurial success or “artre/cess” for short, that was workshopped at the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Educator’s conference in 2019, and later awarded the UTSC Undergraduate Research Prize in 2020. The second focused on coalescing a series of resources around embodied learning, community arts, and well-being into an online digital garden, which is currently in development.
I have given guest lectures and developed a series of talks, workshops and mentorship opportunities to help emerging artists jumpstart their careers. To date, have spoken to over 300 students in 2 countries about how to make their dream creative careers a reality. I have also directly supported 30 young people in devising their own creative business/project ideas, pitches, and arts journey maps to help support them in their evolving career identities.
I create art alongside nature and communities, inviting them to become active participants in the genesis of work. Since 2013, I have led over 200 arts-based workshops in a wide variety of disciplines including visual art, poetry and embodied movement. Since 2016, I have designed and delivered over 20 different “art-ivations”—interactive public art installations in the greater Toronto area and abroad that invite people to see the earth as an extension of themselves.
My main areas of interest at the moment are in the intersections of community art-making, entrepreneurship and climate justice.
Community Art-Making Consulting Teaching & Facilitating Network Building Event Planning & Management Program Development Curation Public Speaking Leadership Mentorship Outreach Partnership Development Grant Writing Research & Policy-work Branding Social Media Website Development
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