Yeha Ahn was born in Korea and has been resident of Canada for over 13 years. She holds a BFA from NSCAD University and has since worked to support the arts community in a number of different roles. Yeha has volunteered with the Magnetic North theatre festival, worked as a volunteer docent at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and interned with the Halifax Opera Festival and New York’s Center for Book Arts. She is currently Nocturne’s Director of Volunteers and serves as a programming committee member for the Khyber Center for the Arts. She is excited about supporting and contributing to Start Festival’s mandate of showcasing and empowering emerging artists.
Tamar Dina is an inter/multidisciplinary artist living and working in Halifax. She has shown her work in a variety of festivals, such as Nuit Blanche, StART fest and Nocturne. Recently she created her first short animation with CFAT’s Media Scholarship Program and won the pitch competition at WIFT’s Making Waves Conference. Dina is also founder and coordinator of the Music Liberatory, a non-profit organization aimed at dramatically increasing the number of female instrumentalists.
Adrian Fish is a Toronto born photo-based artist and educator currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He holds an MFA from York University, as well as undergraduate accreditation from OCAD University in Toronto and the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, ON. His work has been shown nationally at numerous public institutions, artist-run centres and commercial galleries in cities such as Calgary, Halifax, Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg, as well as internationally in Atlanta GA, Brooklyn, NY, Chelsea, NY, Columbus, OH, Berlin, Germany and Tokyo, Japan. Adrian is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Media Art at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is represented by Loop Gallery in Toronto.
Jamaican Canadian Resident of Halifax, Kayla Borden is a freelancer music promoter, agent,event & social media coordinator and a talent scout for non for profit organizations such as Music Liberatory, Jamaican Cultural Association of Nova Scotia and the Emerging lens film festival just to name a few. Kayla enjoys working with young talent from low income communities on their goals for the future. She loves seeking out or creating opportunity for talent to be showcased and celebrated within a cultural background. She believes not forgetting where you come from and giving back is very important to our communities. And loves working with artists and other individuals that believe the same.
Leena Alawaid was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and got to pursue her artistic studies and explorations at NSCAD University. While at NSCAD, Leena was introduced to the process of Art Therapy after various struggles of her own. Though she remained a Photography Major, she began taking several Psychology courses to fill her open credits, as well as going on to complete a study abroad term at the University of New South Wales in Australia. At UNSW she got to focus more specifically on the Creative Arts Therapy aspect of her studies. Leena has developed a large body of work using several techniques taught during her undergrad, such as Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Chromoskedasic Sabatier Process, Albumen Plate negatives and conventional black and white photography in both small and medium format to portray psychological issues and matter. After graduation in 2014, her main focus was to try and bring forth the concept of Creative Arts Therapy and draw attention to the process in her community. Leena is currently working together with several organizations in the community, including Ronald McDonald House and the IWK, where she offers art sessions to the children as a form of healing. Growing up in Halifax she got to experience first hand how much of a tight knit community the city has and she is thrilled to join the team here as Associate Producer at StART Fest Halifax.