Mujer Artista, as a multi-year project, emerged from the idea that community-engaged processes could have a transformative effect on art practice, especially for demographics that have been historically excluded from access to institutional development systems.

The Community Effect panel will examine different approaches to triggering and using community-engaged approaches by others locally, in communities near and far.

Hybrid in-person + zoom event

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Tani MikiYolanda Paulsenshimby Zegeye-GebehiwotFacilitator: Franci Duran

ABOUT Tani Miki

Tani Miki (she/her) is an arts administrator and curator. Tani holds degrees in History (BA) and Art History (BFA Hons.) from the University of Manitoba. She previously held positions as Program Officer at The Japan Foundation in Toronto, Project Manager and Manager of Communications at On Screen Manitoba, and served on the board of directors of Gendai Gallery. In late 2018 she joined aceartinc. as Interim Director where she is currently the Director of Finance and Administration.

ABOUT Yolanda Paulsen

Yolanda Paulsen (Azul ) is a Mexican artist who divides her time between Winnipeg, Manitoba and Mexico City. Her bronze sculptures, ephemeral installations and drawings incorporate organic and inorganic materials to examine the interconnectedness of the living and the inanimate. Paulsen studied at the Art Students League in New York City and in Mexico at the National School of Visual Arts, La Esmeralda. She was invited to create an installation for the exhibition ArtLine 5”. Interactionen-Natur & Architectur in Borken, Germany, and was a keynote speaker at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Sculptural Symposium. In 2020, her work was published in Libro OMR. Arte Contemporáneo en (y desde) México. Recently she participated in a local exhibition The CureLa Cura as part of the Mujer Artista group.

ABOUT shimby Zegeye-Gebrehiwot

Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot is an artist, administrator, and writer based in so-called Canada. Their research and community building practices centre queer, feminist, bipoc, and analog moving image futures. Currently, they are the Executive Director at the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, co_Director of WNDX Festival of Moving Image and guest editor of the forthcoming Art&Wonder publication.


Francisca Duran is a Chilean-Canadian experimental media artist who creates films, video installation, and 2D, photo-based, mixed-media works about history, memory, power and violence. Duran has exhibited internationally at film festivals and venues including International Film Festival at Rotterdam, HotDocs, Arkipel, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Kassel DOKFest, Los Angeles Film Forum, John Hansard Gallery and VideoPool Gallery. Duran holds an M.F.A. from York University and a B.A.H. from Queen’s University. Her practice has been supported by research, travel, and production grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.

Photo credit: Justine McCaloskey