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LeadArtists
Lead Artists
who curate monthly themed programs at The Jamii Hub

In February 2024, Jamii embarked on a transformative journey towards fostering community bonds through shared leadership and agency of what’s happening at The Jamii Hub. For three weeks every month, daily at 7pm, Jamii gives the keys to lead artists tasked with curating diverse immersive activities at The Jamii Hub. As such, each month, one artist is entrusted with shaping the Jamii experience, intertwining their voice with our collective narrative.

The selection of our lead artist prioritizes relationality, trust, and a commitment to nurturing genuine connections within our community. We seek talented artists who appreciate engaging communities through creativity and are eager to share their talents and networks. It's about fostering meaningful engagement and dialogue through art.

Lead artists are empowered to conceive a thematic vision for their three-week tenure, supported wholeheartedly as curators of the Jamii Hub. This opportunity offers a platform for curatorial expression, collaboration, and deeper community engagement in the arts. Thanks to the support oof Canada Council for the Arts, Metcalf Foundation and Rama Gaming House, we rejoice in opening our space to these artists, witnessing their brilliance illuminate our community with fresh perspectives and practices.

Meet our lead artists and their visions below.

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Nickeshia Garrick

"Connectedness" - June 2024

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Tamar Ilana

"Migration" - March 2024

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Takako Segawa

"Roots" - May 2024

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Aline Morales

"Forró" - February 2024

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Waleed Abdulhamid

"Motherland" - April 2024

who are featured at Jamii's events & workshops
Artists

At Jamii, we consider ourselves fortunate to collaborate with over a hundred artists each year—some joining us for the first time, while others have engaged in years of artistic dialogue within our community.

These artists, whether leading workshops, gracing our events with performances, showcasing their works through photo exhibitions, or beautifying our community with murals, are pivotal in defining the essence of Jamii. They weave together the fabric of our shared experiences, crafting memories, narrating stories, and enriching our collective identity. Their contributions resonate deeply, shaping the very soul of what Jamii represents.

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Aline Morales

Singer, Musician

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Ayelen Liberona

Dancer, filmmaker

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Andrew Patterson

Visual Artist

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Brescia Nember Reid

Puppetry

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Anita Boey

Sewing

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Daniel Hamin

Cellist

artists
with the support of RBC's Emerging Artist Program
Emerging Artists

In 2023, thanks to the support of RBC’s Emerging Artists program, Jamii launched its first Emerging Artists Initiative that invited 6 artists, from different arts forms, in the emergence of their artistic career for a one-year programme that supported their artistic growth.

This one-year (about 88hrs/artist) programme was customized to each artist participating and offered:

1) Artistic practice support (through mentorship and access to a creative space);

2) Creative industry management and networking support;

3) Public exposure with exhibition, screening, performance and more.

This initiative follows in the footsteps of Laini, a 2022 RBC funded initiative that supports young women in creative leadership programme. This is also an initiative the community has directly requested Jamii to pursue as part of a strategic planning initiative in the Summer of 2022. 

The six emerging artists who benefited from this exceptional programme are Sabrine S Hakam (photographer), Yasmine Omar (photographer), Karen Lam (visual artist and actress), Gillian Mapp (photographer), Darwin Peters (painter) and Morningstar Quill (photographer) - all 6 identifying as BIPOC.

Based on the success of the programme, we foresee Jamii’s Emerging Artist Initiative growing in 2024 and beyond.

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Karen Lam

Acting, Visual Arts

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Darwin Peters

Visual arts & Murals

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Gillian Mapp

Photography & Videography

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Yasmine Omar

Photography

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Morningstar Quill

Photography

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Sabrine S. Hakam

Photography and Curation

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