Alessandra has a background in art, early childhood education, and child psychology. She began her educational career teaching preschoolers with the City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry & Recreation. Due to her strong belief and advocacy for education, she not only holds degrees from Seneca College and Ryerson University, but she also completed a Creative Entrepreneurship Business Program while in the process of completing her Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH) in Art History at the University of Chicago.
Alessandra believes in bettering the community through the arts, and as such, she sits on the board for the Artscape Communities Advisory Committee. Alessandra also has taken her own steps in revolutionizing art education, and, five years ago, founded Raising Artists as a way to engage children and the community through the creative process. Due to all of her experience, Alessandra is an expert in assisting individuals to realize and reach their full artistic potential; with this strong conviction, she lives out her passion by developing, designing, and managing innovative artistic programs with the goal of unlocking each child’s inherent creativity.
Rita is a retired Legal Secretary, has a background in business, as well as the business of raising a creative family. As a mom, she fostered her children’s creativity through exposure to a wide variety of art forms and encouraged them to seek joy in the arts, as well as innovative and independent thinking through creative expression.
Rita sees that the quality time parents spend with their children is constantly encroached upon by the demands of a fast-paced life. She feels privileged to give families a break from those demands and welcome them into a world of curiosity and exploration.
As our Chief Financial Officer, Rita is the senior executive responsible for managing the financial actions of our company, as well as analyzing the company’s financial strengths and weaknesses and proposing corrective actions for Raising Artists.
We fill the room with a phenomenal team of Creatives, Parents, Teachers, Early Childhood Educators, and Artists who all have professional training and experience in early childhood education, visual arts, and/or art history.
We as a community are here to encourage, guide, and support you and your child; whether they need assistance to hold a paintbrush, to exploring the colour wheel.
Our outstanding team is here to assist educating parents on how to foster a child’s creativity, as a foundation for critical thinking in various subject areas; while providing everything you would possibly need to allow you and your child to translate your imagination on to a blank canvas, in every colour you can imagine!
We firmly believe that we are working together as a community to raise an artist!