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.
Keisha Nadi-ann Erwin is a beadwork artist, jewelry maker, and filmmaker with a passion for doing work grounded in anti-oppressive practice and that is community-focused. Keisha is an Urban Afro-Indigenous youth, who is finishing their undergraduate degree in Multicultural and Indigenous Studies at York University. They are Jamaican and Nihithaw (Woods Cree) from treaty 6 territory and a band member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in North-Central Saskatchewan. Their artistic focus is around identities and reclamation of identities. They are a non-binary youth in the process of reclaiming a 2S identity and their work focuses on navigating oppression and multiple identities.
Keisha Erwin has several years of experience on different student-run organizations such as York Federation of Students Access Centre (focusing on making campus more accessible and raising awareness about disability justice) and an elected position on the Aboriginal Students Association at York. They have also worked as the Aboriginal Students Success and Transitions Coordinator at the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services and as an intern for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. They have created a film as a participant in a 2S/ Indigiqueer workshop that was facilitated by Thirza Cuthand and Fallon Simard. Their film was screened at the Toronto Queer Film Festival and will be screened in Vancouver Queer Arts Festival in June. They are currently on Planned Parenthoods LGBTQ+ Youth Advisory Committee and are participating in an arts residency with Children’s Peace Theatre.
Vasundra is a creative professional with over 9 years of experience in planning, designing and delivering sales and marketing programs and projects.
With a background in multimedia content creation, production and project management Vasundra is a many-model thinker and a disciplined doer.
She is certified in Design Thinking by IDEO and her passion for “making things” fuels her to build diverse skills consistently.
Over the past 2 decades she has trained and immersed herself in Contemporary Dance, Indian Classical Music, Creative Writing, Illustration, Yoga and Meditation.
She is passionate about working with organizations that support art, community development and environmental causes.
As part of the AGM’s border crossings project, she is currently immersed in building and engaging with community through multimedia communication and outreach.