Originally from Toronto, Colina Maxwell moved to Hamilton in 1999. Maxwell is a practicing visual artist, as well as the co-founder and Executive Director of Centre for Artistic + Social Practice. The centre has helped fuel a growing arts community in Hamilton with Maxwell at the helm. She meaningfully engages the core of our community through boundary-breaking contemporary art and pushing the barriers in presentation, education, and community arts. In 2011, Maxwell was awarded the Arts Management for the City of Hamilton, and in 2013, she was awarded the Women of Distinction award for Art and Culture. As a feminist and an artist, Maxwell’s artwork is politically charged, exploring gender, social constructs, and labour. Maxwell has a substantial amount of formal training in visual arts and art history: BA of Art History and English Literature (University of Toronto), Visual Arts (University of Toronto, Sheridan College joint program), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and a summer at the Glasgow School of Art. She has successfully secured a wide range of project grant funding from the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.
Julie Shea is a life-long Hamiltonian where she has raised two daughters, successfully ran a business, and participated heavily in her community. Julie graduated with an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, followed by a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. Upon completion of her formal education, Julie began a career in financial planning and eventually became a managing partner of GIC Financial Services, where she worked for 15 years. Julie eventually sold her business and decided to shift gears and begin an entirely different career in public service. While not a visual artist, Julie is a musician and songwriter. Julie has always been very community minded and recently served as Volunteer Co-Chair for Telling Tales Festival, President of the Hamilton Rotary Club, and is currently the Chair of Body Brave.
“I came to Centre3 after being inspired by its roll in rejuvenating James St. North as an anchor organization in the ARt Crawl. I joined the board and over time realized the impact the work at Centre3 was making beyond Art Crawl. I witnessed the truly transformative power of art and wanted to share my talents and be part of making our city a better place.”
TJ Charlton grew up in a small rural town in Niagara Region called North Pelham, Ontario. He has been living in Hamilton since 2013. Currently, TJ balances two roles at Centre: the Studio Manager and Project Manager for Direct[Message]: Digital Access to Artistic Engagement.
TJ has over 10 years of experience working in various capacities at artist-run centres and galleries in St. Catharines and Hamilton, working in arts education, community arts, exhibition preparation, administration, and so on. TJ is a musician, multi-instrumentalist, designer, artist, screen-printer, and ephemera collector. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts from Brock University and a Master of Information degree, with a concentration in Archives and Records Management, from the University of Toronto.
“I work at C because it is continually inspiring to be surrounded by other artists, makers and critical thinkers. It is the perfect setting for aligning all of my interests in design/print, media art, education and community building. Having access to the amazing studio facilities and production equipment is a serious perk too.”
Arturo Jimenez is a second-generation Filipino and Italian born and raised in Ontario. He graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies. He has taken part in various artistic and non-profit initiatives in Hamilton through Centre, McMaster University, and various organizations and artist-run centers throughout Hamilton. He is a practicing musician and artist and has collaborated with both emerging and established artists.
Assistant Project Coordinator
Ron Siu is a Toronto-based artist and arts administrator who graduated with his BFA from OCAD University in Drawing & Painting. As an artist Siu works in painting and printmaking where he is particularly interested in intersectional art history and Queer subjectivity. He has been in shows across Canada and participated in multiple residences, including Centre 3’s Emerging Artist Residency in 2019.
Siu was very taken by Centre3’s dedication to being a point where contemporary art, studio production and accessible, community-engaged programming could share space simultaneously. Siu appreciated the support he received from staff during his residency and was excited to join the team, hoping to do the same for other folks engaging with Centre3.
Lesley Loksi Chan
Lesley Loksi Chan is an artist, educator and Artistic Director of Centre. Lesley was born in Hamilton which is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the “Dish with One Spoon” wampum agreement. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from McMaster University and a BFA and MFA in Film from York University.
“I am thrilled to be a part of Centre for Artistic and Social Practice which is known for its strong support for artists locally and internationally, its outstanding exhibitions and its impactful community-based and education programs. It’s a privilege to have this opportunity to continue cultivating the critical and creative dialogue that exists through the Centre’s collaborations and I hope to bring a spirit of openness, curiosity and care.”
Emmali Branton grew up in Dundas, Ontario, where she currently resides. She is the Administrative Coordinator at Centre, where she supports programming, schedules facilities, and handles membership. This means she’ll often be the friendly face greeting you at the front desk or in the gallery, or the person responding to your emails.
Emmali is an emerging interdisciplinary artist who has worked and volunteered in various capacities in the arts sector. She holds a BAH from the University of Guelph in Studio Art and English. Emmali works at Centre because she is passionate about empowering community, amplifying social justice, and making art accessible.
Christina Tarsitano was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. Christina’s roles at Centre include Project Coordinator for the Shift Program and Job Developer for the 360Youth Program. As the Shift Project Coordinator, Christina builds and maintains relationships with employment programs in Hamilton and the surrounding areas, as well as collaborates with artists to build and deliver soft-skills programming to assist youth in obtaining and maintaining employment. As the Job Developer for 360Youth, Christina designs and implements training in hard- and soft-skills,, working directly with youth to help them navigate the system and build assets to retain employment.
Christina received two Emerging Artist Awards from the Hamilton Arts Awards in 2018 in Arts Education and Community Arts, and Arts Management. Christina works at Centre because it allows her to collaborate with innovative and creative minds to provide access and equal opportunities to the Hamilton community. She is honoured to have the opportunity to focus on social justice and support the amplification of voices using art as a vehicle to drive valuable community growth.
Matt McInnes is a visual artist based in Dundas, Ontario. His artistic process is informed by over 14 years as an arts educator. His work focuses on social histories and topographies of urban change. Matt was the recipient of a City of Hamilton Arts Award for Visual Arts in 2020.
Currently, Matt works at Centre as the Print Technician for the NuSteel Alternative Education program. Here he supports high school students who earn credits through hands-on, arts-based learning.