Catherine has been working through art and drama with families, children and teachers for over fifteen years in Toronto. She has worked for places such as the Bloorview MacMillan Center, Spiral Garden, Bloor JCC, Toronto Parks and Recreation, Clay and Paper Theater, Jumblies Theatre, Shadowland Theatre, Cottingham Public School, Art works Art School, Learning Through the Arts (Royal Conservatory) City of Toronto Culture Division and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Catherine studied theater and voice at the American Academy in New York as well as various private workshops in Toronto including Second City Improve training. On the visual side she studied at the Ontario College of Art and has a BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practices. Catherine has a MES (Masters in Environmental Studies) from York University where she focused on community art, walking and storytelling. She also has a certificate in Environmental Education. Catherine presently works at the Art Gallery of Ontario as an Education Officer and for Montgomery's Inn Museum as an Historical Interpreter and Community Outreach.
Cath has curated a number of art exhibitions and community art events including a large exhibition for University Settlement for their 100th Anniversary as well as facilitating Poster Making Workshops for TNC (Toronto Neghbourhood Centres). She has been the Artist in Residence at Greenest City since 2010.
Thoughts about art and community:
one of my favorite quotes about community by Starhawk
"We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been — a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free".