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 has 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 through 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 has also 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 in realizing and reaching 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 has a Legal Secretarial and Accounting background in business, as well as the business of raising a creative family. After studying Art in school, Rita maintained an interest in Art, and as a mom, she fostered her children’s creativity through exposure to a wide variety of art forms while encouraging 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. As an active working member of our creative team, she feels privileged to give families a break from these demands and welcomes 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.
Terri is a native New Yorker with a background in Restaurant/Hotel Management and HR Management. In her spare time, we have the pleasure of having Terri on our team. She’s been with us since 2016, and her skills and knowledge have immensely helped this small business grow in policy, practices, procedures and health and safety. She is a regular at our Parent and Child Painting Workshops and our Paint Nights. Terri’s outlook on working with us is; “I love working with Raising Artists because I have a great respect for the owners, Alessandra and Rita, their creative ability, values, community involvement in their growth and success but also admire the culture that has been created in our work environment.” Terri truly is inline with Eleanor Roosevelt’s theory that as adults, we need to keep inspiring these budding artists because, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Prior to joining our team, Santina worked at WSIB for 31 years. Upon her retirement, Santina joined the Raising Artists’ team, and has been working with us since 2017. She’s been an intricate part of the team working exclusively with our Seniors and at our PA Day Workshops. Santina has found a new love in working with children since joining Raising Artists. She states that, “It brings me great joy when I am at a workshop just watching the children’s expressions on their faces while they are working on their art.” In working with us and visually witnessing our focus in process art, Santina believes that we don’t make mistakes when it comes to art, everything we create are just happy little accidents.
Samantha comes to us with a Bachelor of Commerce background from University of Toronto, and is working toward obtaining her CPA designation. Sam ( as we like to call her ) joined our team in 2017, and has explored and dipped into her left side of the brain working with us. You’ll always find Sam at our School Workshops, Special Events and our PA Day Workshops inspiring and helping out our budding artists. She is a great asset to the team, always smiling and ready to jump into the next big project. When we asked Sam why she liked working with our team, she simply said “It’s an amazing team with brilliant participants!” After joining our team, Sam believed that “Art enables us to find and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Anthony is our Renaissance man, forever searching for new mediums to explore! He is a photographer and an artist with a background in Illustration and is currently working toward becoming a Creative Director. Anthony joined our team in 2017 as our Paint Night Instructor teaching and reminding adults about their inherit creative skills that live deep inside of them. He also assists in some of the backend work like helping Alessandra create content, brainstorming on future workshops and brand management.
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 in holding a paintbrush, to exploring the colour wheel.
Our outstanding team is here to assist in 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!