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Allison Yearwood | Chair

Allison Yearwood (she/her) is an alumnus of the University of Winnipeg, with a political science and business administration degree, and brings a fresh focus to the business of arts administration. Allison returns to her hometown, Winnipeg, from the Banff Centre, where she was Program Manager at the Indigenous Arts Department. Previously, Allison served as Art and Business Manager at Yamaji Art, an Aboriginal art centre in Australia, and was the General Manager of Collective of Black Artists in Toronto. Allison was the Programming and Events Coordinator at the Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre in Fort Smith, North West Territories, and was the first non-Indigenous staff member at Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg. Allison advocates for racialized and disenfranchised groups to decolonize institutions of power from the ground up. She is exceptionally skilled on issues of equity and a powerful and transformative voice for anti-racism action. Allison is a proponent of equity justice in media and digital production and has acted as program manager for digital art residencies at Banff Centre. Allison’s institutional critique articulates the creation of safe spaces for underserved communities within the institution. Currently sitting on the boards of aceartinc. and Spiderweb Show.

Marie-Anne Redhead |

Marie-Anne Redhead (she/her) is the Assistant Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English from the University of Winnipeg, where she is currently working on her MA in Curatorial Studies. Her creative practice includes writing, beading, and drawing and her curatorial focus is on destabilising settler normativelyMarie-Anne Redhead in Canadian art while centering Indigenous survivance, resistance and futurity. 

She is an Ininiw Iskwew/Francophone and is a member of Fox Lake Cree Nation.

Rob wears a black button-down shirt. A park with trees and a walking path is in the background.

Rob Crooks | Treasurer

robcrooks (he/him) is a musician from Winnipeg whose work contains traces of hip-hop, post-punk and psych-folk. Using a sampler, vocal modulation, synthesizers and live percussion, Rob’s one-person-band approach to performance creates a sound as rich and full as many ensembles. Rob has performed his genre-bending music across Canada and Europe, and has opened for artists such as Buck 65 and Ceschi. More recently, Rob’s music has become increasingly conceptual, exploring the idea of the sample as revenant, and the themes of memory, history and hauntings. When he is not performing, listening to record or reading, Rob is facilitating beat and rap workshops with youth throughout Winnipeg’s Downtown and North End.

Antoinette Baquiran | Secretary

Antoinette Baquiran (she/her) is of Filipinx descent and was born and raised on Treaty 1 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She completed her Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba in 2019 and is currently doing her Master of Interior Design at the University, focusing on creating sincere cultural spaces for third-cultural individuals. Her role on the Board of the Kultivation Festival Inc has inspired her focus. This non-profit organization creates programs to celebrate the modern Filipinx culture in Winnipeg. Antoinette is an Interior Designer at Architects at Play, where they say, “Play is in our DNA,” which enforces the concept that Play is everywhere, like how design is in our surrounding environments.

Janell Henry | Secretary

All the way from Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation, Janell Henry (she/her) can be seen on screen a few seconds as an extra near the end of the film, Mr.Hockey, as a reporter chasing the big story. In real life, the main gigs she chases are those as curator, writer, audio engineer and project manager. Janell’s interest in media began in radio production where there are no rules – interning on CKOP 100.5 Renegade Rez Radio. In pursuit of becoming a producer, she’s studied in many different areas including audio, video, writing and psychology.  Currently she works at the Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery.

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