Mandy Salter is the Director and Curator of the Art Gallery of Mississauga. With two decades of experience in museums, academia and the private sector, including experience as a chief curator, collections manager, project manager and private consultant, Salter brings a new level of expertise to the AGM.
Salter graduated magna cum laude with an M.A. in art history and classical civilizations from the University of Miami in 1996. Her B.A. Honours in studio and art history is from the University of Windsor in 1994.
Salter’s experience includes strategic and curatorial work for the City of Windsor regarding their public art collection and cultural heritage holdings and with the Art Gallery of Windsor where she was chief curator and collections manager.
Her curatorial and scholarly achievements, combined with her collaborative spirit and skills in management, administration and community relations make her ideally suited to strengthen the organization and engage and motivate community members. Salter brings knowledge of the nuances in working with and fostering community.
Sadaf Zuberi, is a multi-disciplinary professional with international development experience. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration and was the International Visitor Leadership Program Fellow (IVLP) with the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, USA in 2008. Zuberi blends her commitment to social change with her focused expertise in financial and grants management, stakeholder engagement as well as photography and filming. She is committed to creating synergies, building networks, and ensuring efficient functioning of financial and administrative systems to maximize organizational capacity. Having over 10 years of experience working with civil society, community consortia, donor agencies, corporate and non-profit organizations, as well as the public sector, Zuberi is currently working as the Business Operations Manager at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.
Sharada Eswar’s passion for words, spoken and written, began at an early age. She hosted her first Children’s Program on All India Radio when she was 11. A trained Indian classical musician (Carnatic School), she was part of the team representing India at the India Abroad show in Paris and New York. She was also one of the three chosen by the Centres Culturels des Lions Clubs de Paris to present Indian culture in France. Since then, Eswar has been performing and teaching in Toronto and internationally, drawing on her own South Asian ancestry and heritage. Recently she curated and hosted Kootir, South Asian Storytelling, at the Toronto Festival of Storytelling. She has been invited by Royal Ontario Museum to be a speaker for their Ornamenting the Ordinary Program. Through the Ontario Arts Council’s Artist in Education program, she teaches storytelling through shadow puppetry and Narrative Writing for the Toronto District School Board’s International Languages Program.
Eswar is a published children’s author: her book, Ram’s Caps, was recently published by Harcourt, Canada and she is working on two graphic novels. Currently, she is the Community Activator with the Art Gallery of Mississauga and a Core Artist with Jumblies’ Theatre, a Community Arts organization in Toronto, where she works extensively with diverse communities.
Sonja Rainey is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer and arts facilitator with a rampant curiosity for new ways of creating performance experiences and arts engagement. Her work encompasses installation, set and costume design; puppet and mask work; illustration and sculpture as well as the creation of short films and exhibition design. She has presented her work at the Vancouver Art Gallery, PAMA, Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Prague Quadrennial and most recently, Rainey has been an artist educator with the Canadian Opera Company and instructor at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. She has worked extensively with MABELLEarts, Jumblies’ Theatre, Making Room Community Arts, the Community Arts Guild, The Bicycle Opera Project, urbanvessel and Ahuri Theatre.
Salaha Javed was born in Pakistan, and raised in Mississauga since the age of 4. She is pursuing a Bachelors in Interior Design at Ryerson University. Her passion for arts of all kinds consistently grows, and she wishes to share her enthusiasm with the community; developing arts and culture in Mississauga through her role as community project coordinator for Border Crossings in 2016.