A small but dedicated team of individuals committed to positive social change in York South-Weston
Marlene has been the Executive Director of UrbanArts since 2008 and has over 25 years’ experience in arts administration, non-profit management, organizational development and capacity building, advocacy, and training & employment services for multiple stakeholders including youth, women, immigrants and the unemployed. With a passion for youth and the arts, Marlene has worked tirelessly to ensure young people have access to quality programs and services and that their voices are included in every sphere. She has completed academic programs at the Schulich School of Business, the Ivey Spencer Business School and Humber College. Marlene is a recipient of the Black Business & Professional Association’s (BBPA) 2015 Woman of Honour Award for excellence in service to the community.
Lensa Simesso Denga
Lensa came to UrbanArts with over 10 years of Senior Management experience with international and national not for profit organizations with strong expertise in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Human Resources Management and Employment Counselling. Lensa completed a Post Graduate in Development Leadership from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, along with an undergraduate studies in Business Administration, Applied Linguistics, and Communications. Furthermore, Lensa is Certified in Organizational Change and Learning, Women’s’ Leadership, Advocacy and Citizen Engagement, Conflict Transformation and Peace building.
Development and Communication Coordinator
David is a team player who has worked on numerous fundraising events, campaigns for capital, annual operating and endowment funds for arts, mental health and social services organizations. An accomplished musician (jazz flute), he is a recipient of the Fellowship of Man Humanitarian Award and was nominated for citizen of the year Ontario. He has a BFA from York University, Art’s Administration Certificate Banff Centre for Management.
Mick is an enthusiastic arts worker with expertise in grant writing, community outreach, research, and event production. Mick believes in the transformative power of arts in communities. He is an original collective member of Long Winter Music and Arts Festival which has received international acclaim from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. He has also done development work for Paper Bag Records and the Canadian Intern Association.
Mick was born in Winnipeg and moved to Toronto to complete his Master’s in Art History at the University of Toronto. He has been working in the arts and music community of the city ever since.