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Meet the Curators: Amplified Voices

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Meet our Amplified Voices curators! We put together a panel of top creative minds to pour over submissions from our Call for Art. Each curator brings a unique perspective to help us make sure our selected art represents and amplifies a wide range of voices. Thank you to these wonderful, creative folks!

Ren Navarro

Ren brings more than seven years of experience in the beer industry to the table. She spent many of those years in the field as a sales representative for renowned and award-winning breweries. Working constantly as the face of breweries within her respective sales regions, Ren is no stranger to public speaking and has appeared frequently at workshops, conferences, and talks informing and entertaining people through her love of beer.

Ren is on the front-lines to initiate change both in and out of the industry. Additionally, using her perspective as a queer black woman within the industry, she has talked extensively about diversity in craft beer as the sole Canadian panelist at the 2019 Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, CO along with constant appearances in various forms of media, from podcasts, television and radio shows to newspapers.

Instagram: @beer_diversity
Twitter: @beer_diversity
Facebook: beerdiversity

Ashley McKenzie-Barnes

Ashley is a modern-day renaissance woman. She has over 15 years of integrated experience in creative direction, curating, cultural programming, teaching and visual art. She has worked in the media/broadcasting, entertainment, publishing, corporate, and non-profit sectors.

Recently she was one of the 2019 curators for Nuit Blanche Toronto, and her work has included programmed exhibitions, creative collaborations, design and installations for companies such as TEDxToronto, Scotiabank, Samsung, Bell Media, WE Charity, Manifesto Festival, Artscape and byMinistry. As a visual artist, Ashley’s own work has been featured inside establishments such as the Royal Ontario Museum, CBC’s Glenn Gloud Studio and Toronto and Brampton City Hall.
Her designs skills were most recently acquired by Lauryn Hill for her fashion collection celebrating 20 years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

She’s a part time Academic Professor in the Visual and Digital Arts program at Humber College and has directed the Creative Arts Academy for The Remix Project. She’s been a featured speaker, moderator, and facilitator across many forums for OCAD, Ontario Arts Council, TDSB, The Power Plant, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, FreshBooks, ArtReach, Nia Centre for the Arts, UofT, Artscape and others.

Instagram: @ashleymckenziebarnes
Twitter: @ashleymckenzieb

Julio Ferrer

Julio Ferrer is a Cuban-Canadian painter and printmaker whose Pop Art-inspired artwork originates from and comments upon political, societal, as well as personal experience. Julio was born in 1973 in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Trained at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Havana, Julio has participated 126 group exhibitions, 18 solo exhibitions, and a commissioned exhibition of the Canadian Prime Ministers for the Canada 150 celebrations.

His artworks are in numerous private and public collections in Cuba, the Americas and Europe.Since 1990, Ferrer has won 21 awards for his artwork, including 1st prize at Bienal International del Humor. In 2006, he was selected Artist of the Year in his home province of Cienfuegos.

Julio moved to Canada in 2006 where he continues his career as independent artist. Julio lives and works in his home/studio in Hamilton, Ontario.

Instagram: @julioferrerpopart
Facebook: Julioferrerpopart

Goldie Harris

Whether it’s behind the lens or curating the vibes, Goldie Harris is a creative force to be reckoned with. At the age of 25, the wunderkind has tapped into a lane uniquely her own through her precision in media and event production. As a self-proclaimed “dot connecter,” Goldie’s affinity for music has evolved into the founding of her own digital agency and studio – 24:OURS – where culture and community verge. 24:OURS has garnered the attention of The Black Enterprise, News12, Spectrum News and Essence Magazine.

Through 24:OURS, Goldie has launched 2 music series, #NoiseCtrl and TheLoftSessions a live music platform giving indie artists a chance to be heard on an authentic level. Goldie has previously held titles such as the Production Manager for the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases the positivity of Hip-Hop culture, the Festival Grounds Artist Relations Lead for the A3C Festival and creative Marketing lead for Roc Nation’s EQ Distro.

Instagram: @goldieharris
Twitter: @byGoldieHarris

Nate Dee

Born and raised in South Florida, Nathan Delinois (Nate Dee) has numerous influences… this includes his Haitian background and the use of color in a lot of Haitian art, as well as in street art. The design quality of the Art Nouveau movement and the drama of Greek art from the Hellenistic. These elements can be seen in his work. Additionally, he takes some influences from the pop surrealists.

Creating mural, public works , as well as studio-based art. He has work side by side with multiple brands, public arts projects, and community activations.

He has been featured in media outlets such as Delve, ABC, the NFL network, NBC, the Miami New Times, and many others. In 2014 The New Times listed him as one of the 10 Miami Artists to follow on Instagram. In 2013 he was also given an Honorable mention by the magazine for their 2013 Miami Masterminds awards. He’s been featured on multiple mural projects, and has displayed his work in exhibits throughout the world.

Instagram: @miaminate
Twitter: @artistnatedee
Facebook: nate.dee.731

Cadex Herrera

As a multi-disciplinary artist, Cadex Herrera bring awareness to humanitarian, social and environmental injustices by championing his culture, history, people of color, immigrants and marginalized peoples. He aims to create art that elevates and empowers the viewer as well as the subjects and themes that he explores through his creative processes.

Many of Cadex’s pieces live temporarily as salt on black paper; line art on a dry erase board; or watercolors between glass. As well as short animations and photographic series to bring awareness of the need to protect the environment. As a young artist in Belize with limited resources he had to always consider his materials and extend the life of his supplies for as long as possible. This has extended to his present practice as he consider appropriate material use, taking into consideration the impact it has on the environment as well as fulfilling his artistic goal of applying minimalism principles in my work.

Cadex’s aspirations as an artist is that through his art he can bring awareness and dialogue to a small fraction of the many social injustices that are part of his reality. He believes social consciousness and art can be tools to exact positive change, as well as inspire to create and make a difference in our local as well as our global community.

Instagram: @cadexherrera
Twitter: @cadex_h
Facebook: cadex.herrera

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