Jasmine Sawant - Actor, producer, writer, manager, co-founder and artistic co-director of the award-winning SAWITRI Theatre Group and producer of the Mississauga multilingual fringe festival. Award-winning writer/co-writer of plays for SAWITRI Theatre Group, she is passionate about community-engaged arts projects, and works to make a difference in lives of vulnerable sectors. She is General Manager at Sampradaya Dance Creations, Board member of several Mississauga arts organizations, a member of the Arts for Mental Health Steering Committee and part of the Starﬁsh Collective.
www.sawitri.ca | fb: @SawitriTheatreGroup
Tuula Redditt - Founder of Sky Studio and award winning Toastmaster, Tuula strives to live every day to the mantra "You must be the change you wish to see in the world. "- Mahatma Gandhi. An illustrator in digital and traditional media, she helps create visual art programs for seniors, adults and children. A member of the Arts for Health Steering Committee, and part of the Starﬁsh Collective, Tuula helps others embrace their creative side and become that change she wishes to see in the world.
www.skystudio.ca | fb:@tuula.Redditt | Ig: @trekapotamus
Suma Nair - Asst. Artistic Director at Sampradaya Dance Creations, an award winning south Asian dance company, Suma holds an MFA in dance from York University. Mississauga based, Suma draws upon her training as an Indian classical dancer to create the foundation to explore new forms of dance expression that combine Indian classical and contemporary styles. Through Sampradaya, she has worked with organizations such as Artists in Momentum and Punjab Community Health Services in community engaged arts and dance activities. She is also the winner of the MARTY'S award for Outstanding Dance in 2019.
fb: Suma.Nair | www.sampradaya.ca
Liberty Silver - Multiple Juno award winner Liberty is the ﬁrst black woman to receive a Juno Award. She has won a Grammy (in collaboration), to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. Using adversity as her wings of inspiration, she is lifted to realms that has only made her innately strong voice even stronger. She has performed for/shared the stage with inﬂuential ﬁgures that include US President Barack Obama, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole and many others. Bullied as a young girl, Liberty has held on to her love for God and music. Her incredible talent is channeled to help at risk youth through her Brampton based charity.
Anna Silgardo -Founder of Artists in Momentum (AIM), Chair of the Arts for Mental Health Steering Committee, Mississauga Peel Region, has pioneered The Starﬁsh Collective. A strong advocate of the arts as a vehicle to promote emotional health, she uses it as a platform for creative self-expression. Working with community and corporate partners, she develops and facilitates programs, to encourage engagement in the arts for mental well-being. Recipient of the 2020 Toastmasters Community & Leadership Award (to a non-toastmaster), and the 2019 Mississauga Arts Council Arts for Health award – Anna is a visual artist and a graduate of Fine Arts.
www.artistsinmomentum.com fb: @aimforbreakingthemould | Ig: artists_inmomentum
The Starfish Collective is a group of artists and art lovers, coming together with different experiences of the arts; from theatre, classical Indian music, visual arts, storytelling and performance arts. The group spans three generations, and hails from different countries. They all have different artistic focuses yet are unison in their agreement that the arts are an important foundational form that empowers the individual.
With the need to raise more awareness around mental health and to drive inclusion in the work place The Starfish Collective have set sail on a new journey. They hope to partner with many more corporates in Canada and run programs that can be fun, safe and built seamlessly into a regular work day.
Click on the link to hear the story behind 'The Starfish Collective'.