Barb Danielewski, Chair
Barb Danielewski is a social artist and facilitator who is committed to supporting community through mentorships, peer to peer learning, and group coaching. She has designed and led over 170 experiences for community partners such as the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, H’art School, Boys and Girls Club, Peacequest, Providence Care, KFL&A Public Health, OPIRG, Kingston Immigration Partnership, and the City of Kingston. From 2013-2019 she received an OAC Artist in Residence grant to implement collaborative inquiry projects with intermediate students at the Limestone District School Board. Her studies since 2014 with Partners for Youth Empowerment have led her to receive a certificate in the Art of Facilitation, a mentorship grant from the Ontario Arts Council in Community Arts, and training in co-facilitation from her mentor Nadia Chaney. Her screenprinted activist neckties, clothing, and patches have been shown in artisan stores and gallery shops from Vancouver to Halifax. In her secret life as a mechanic and tradesperson, she has repaired bikes, designed sustainability and conservation workshops, including for Kingston Utilities, and worked as a farmhand.
Will Britton, Treasurer
Since arriving in Kingston to attend the Concurrent Education program at Queen's University as a Drama Major twenty-five years ago, Will has been actively involved in both the professional and amateur theatre community. He has filled the role of producer, director, designer, stage manager and/or performer in well over 100 productions. He was General Manager of Theatre Kingston when they became the resident company of the Baby Grand, and later served on the Board of Directors. He has also completed a board term with Domino Theatre, and was recently the Chartering Secretary of Kingston Waterfront Rotary Club, of which he remains a member. While still engaged with Kingston's vibrant theatre scene and maintaining his own production company (Op Knox Entertainment), Will began his career in Financial Services with Sun Life in 2007, earned his Certified Financial Planner designation in 2012, and now provides financial planning to his clients through his own independent firm, Tidal Financial Management Inc., established in 2017.
Megan Sirett, Secretary
Currently the associate director of the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Megan Sirett has a strong background in cultural management working for organizations in both Kingston and Toronto including the Kingston Arts Council, the Kingston Symphony, Cantabile Choirs, and Soundstreams. She studied communications and culture at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and graphic design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. In addition to arts administration, Megan worked as a freelance designer and event planner and ran a bespoke floral boutique before realizing it’s not as nearly as charming as it sounds. She spends her free time meditating, trying to like gardening, and chasing after the perfect cup of coffee.
Mariah Horner, Board Member
Mariah Horner is a theatre creator and producer based in Kingston, Ontario. Selected credits include: directing Hana Hashimoto: Sixth Violin (Thousand Islands Playhouse), assistant directing Behaviour (GCTC), assistant directing Butcher (Theatre Kingston 2018); assistant directing The Revolutions (SpiderWebShow 2017); and directing girls!girls!girls! (
Elizabeth Hesp, Board Member
Elizabeth Hesp is a self-taught, practicing visual artist and fine art photographer since 2011. Originally from India, she has been a resident of Kingston for 23 years. She advocates arts entrepreneurship and cross-cultural collaborations in the community through her volunteering, mentoring, and artist projects. Focused on arts education, she engages elementary students and the public, with tours and talks at her solo exhibitions. She has been a recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grants, in 2014 and 2018. Her first artist project, Visual Rhythms, Architecture Dance Music (2013 – 2018), was a collaboration with youth performance artists from Queen's University and Kingston. The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts hosted the exhibition. Her project book Finding Rhythm in the City is being released later in 2019. As a member of the Professional Development Working Group (2018-2019), she contributed to the research and survey included in the recommendation to the City’s Arts Advisory Committee. As the owner of Elizabeth Hesp Fine Art, she created her Art for Business service to provide interior art for design projects. She is a mindfulness practitioner and a trained, solution-focused Coach and facilitates perspective shifts for those seeking change. She enjoys long walks by the lake.
Erin Ball, Board Member
Erin Ball is a Mad and Disabled circus artist. She runs Kingston Circus Arts and is the co-founder of LEGacy Circus (a performance company co-created with Mad artist, Vanessa Furlong). Erin took a year off in March 2014 due to life changing events that resulted in having both lower legs amputated. She has since returned to her passion of training, coaching and performing with a focus of including as many people in her audiences, as collaborators and performers in shows, as well as students in her classes. She has traveled world-wide to perform and teach. She strives for representation, access and inclusion in the arts. Erin loves collaborating, adapting and creating new/different ways of executing skills. In 2017, Erin developed a course and manual for movement-based coaches (specifically circus but it applies to movement in general) called Flying Footless. The course centres around dismantling ableism, Disability theory, an inclusive method of teaching and how to welcome the Disability community into movement-based classes. She has won accessibility awards and in 2018, she was the recipient of the Creator’s Award at the Mayor’s Art Awards.
Mauricio Montecinos, Board Member
Mauricio Montecinos is a Classical Guitar Graduate from the Carolina Klagges Music Conservatory, Chile. He furthered his study of Flamenco, Latin Jazz and World Music at various music conferences and workshops in Chile and Canada, and has performed internationally in festivals as a soloist and in ensembles with his large Latin Fusion Band. He has been teaching music since 1986 in elementary, secondary, and university institutions and given master classes in Argentina, Chile, and Canada. He holds a Bachelors degree in Special Education from University of the Lakes in Chile, with a focus on Mental Health and Music Therapy. He recently completed his diploma in Social Work Services and Counselling from St. Lawrence College and is currently pursuing a Masters in the Art of Counselling Psychology with Yorkville University. He has worked as a youth counsellor at the Mohawk Service Centre in Tyendinaga, as a clinical placement worker with Immigration Services Kingston & Area, most recently as a crisis relief worker for Home Base Housing. Mauricio was the board chair of Village International Non Profit (Sudbury), and has sat on many boards and committees including the Multicultural Center of Sudbury’s (Diversity and Human Rights Committee); Kingston Latino Association (Community & Art Committee); La Unión and Río Bueno City’s Arts, Sport and Recreation Associations (Chile), and University of the Lakes Students Human Rights Committee.
Billyann Balay, Advisory Board Member
Billyann Balay was a dancer, teacher and director before joining the Ontario Arts Council in 1991 as Dance Officer. She was then Director of Granting Programs for 11 years. When she retired in 2013, she and her husband were delighted to make Kingston their home. Billyann has served on the boards of the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Kingston Arts Council and Kingston WritersFest .
Habibah Haque, Advisory Board Member
Habibah Haque is an avid arts professional with a background in grants administration, doing outreach for underrepresented artists, and community engagement. Human rights and inclusion have been the center of her work and she’s previously held equitable roles at the Ontario Arts Council and the Art Gallery of York University. Habibah has a creative practice as a photographer and filmmaker; her first short film, Rust and Release (2016), tells a story of female independence and violence against women. Habibah holds a Master of Arts in Human Rights from the University of Sussex. While completing her degree, she was working in London, UK doing research and programming on minority rights.