This event will kick-off with a panel discussion moderated by artist and writer Annie Wong. Panelists include: The Bentway’s Programming Director Ilana Altman, Toronto Public Library Cultural Events Producer Jorge Amigo, and the Aga Khan Museum’s Director of Collections and Public Programs, Ulrike Al Khamis.
The panel discussion will be followed by a chance to chat and network with the panelists, along with an array of arts & culture representatives from various corners of this city.
We look forward to connecting with you!
- 6:30 PM: Doors open
- 7:00-8:00 PM: Panel discussion
- 8:00-9:00 PM: Wine & Cheese Networking
- 9:00PM: Event ends
Annie Wong is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. Wong uses various platforms of participation and social engagement to explore the intersections of the poetic and political in everyday life. Her current research focuses on BIPOC feminist anger and diasporic hauntologies. Wong has presented work nationally, including at The Gardner Museum (Toronto, ON), the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Third Space (Saint John, NB) and has been in various residencies including the Power Plant’s Power Youth AIR. In 2019, Wong will be an artist in residence at the Khyber Arts Centre in Halifax, Open Studio in Toronto, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Recent publications include art writing and poetry in C Magazine, Canadian Art, Performance Research Journal, and the Shanghai Literary Review. Wong was the co-founder of Broken Pencil Magazine’s education wing, and formerly the the Young Mammals Director of the theatre company, Mammalian Diving Reflex. She holds a BA in English Literature and a MA in Communication and Culture from York University.
Ilana Altman is a cultural planner and designer who has a background in art and architecture. In her role as Director of Programming she works with the community to implement innovative and engaging programming, revealing new possibilities for public space.
Prior to joining The Bentway team, Ilana worked for a number of notable design firms including Studio Daniel Libeskind and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York and KPMB Architects in Toronto. She has led the curation and design of exhibitions and installations at the SFMOMA, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Additionally, she has worked closely with artists to realize public art installations for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. In 2014 Ilana founded the Artful City, a Toronto collective that aims to advance public art research, policies, and imaginations.
Additionally, Ilana founded and served as the Executive Director of the Pavilion Project from 2015-2017.
Fun fact: in 2012 Jorge created a popular social initiative called #bemyamigo to help reduce loneliness and social isolation in Vancouver.
In February of 2018, Jorge moved to Toronto to produce cultural events for the Toronto Public Library, the largest library system in North America. He programs the #OnCivilSociety series, where he gets to curate discussions on democracy, equality, urbanism, privacy, and the most pressing social and political issues of our time.
Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis
Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis has over 20 years of experience as a curator and senior advisor for museum and cultural projects, working with institutions including the National Museums of Scotland and Glasgow. More recently Ulrike served as Co-Director at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization as well as Senior Strategic Advisor to the Sharjah Museums Department in the United Arab Emirates.