Shawn Van Sluys
Shawn Van Sluys joined Musagetes as its first Executive Director in January 2009. Prior to that he was the first Executive Director of the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization, a national arts-service organization that advocates for the visual arts, artists, and art galleries/museums. Shawn studied art history at the University of Lethbridge and began his career in the arts at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery as a research assistant and communications manager. In 2005-6, he was the Program Manager at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA).
Peggy Dix CPA, CMA
Finance and Office Manager
Peggy is Musagetes’ numbers person. She studied Business Administration at Ryerson University in Toronto and later obtained her CMA (Certified Management Accountant). Her work experience includes both corporate and not-for-profit settings. She joined Musagetes in March 2014 as Part-time Finance and Office Manager.
Elwood Jimmy is originally from the Thunderchild First Nation in northwestern Saskatchewan. For over a decade, he played a leadership role in several art projects and organizations, most notably with interdisciplinary centres Common Weal Community Arts and Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective. After moving to Toronto in 2012, he worked for a number of film festivals in the city including the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, the aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival, the 8 Fest, the imagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival, the Regent Park Film Festival and the Images Festival. From 2014-15, he was the Administrative Director with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, a community arts organization that works primarily with Toronto’s Indigenous community. As well, he programs for Bold as Love and Ombassin, multidisciplinary collectives that present new works by Indigenous artists and artists of Color throughout the Greater Toronto Area. He has curated projects for a number of centres including A Space Gallery, Gallery 101, Ace Art, the Dunlop Art Gallery, and Paved Arts, among others.
Curtis Walker is an educator and musician based out of Guelph, Ontario. He holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Theory, where he focused his writing on experimental music. He also spent years as a member of the programming and organizing team for the Send + Receive Festival of Sound in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As an educator, he taught a blend of English and Technology courses in a high school setting, satisfying his love for both literature and creative computing.
Programming and Outreach Assistant
Chelsea Brant is originally from Norfolk County, and is of German and First Nations descent. She holds an Honours B.A. in Studio Art with an Art History Minor from the University of Guelph. Chelsea has studied abroad in both Australia and Germany and has been fortunate to have worn many hats, from Assistant Curator to Executive Member of the Arts Council at La Trobe University; President of the Fine Arts Network at the University of Guelph, Member of Curriculum Committee and Sub-Curriculum Committee for recruitment strategies at the University of Guelph, and is currently part of the Guelph Young Artist’s Mentorship Program. She recently completed a contract with the Art Gallery of Guelph as the Aboriginal Projects Assistant and continues her practice as an artist focusing in oil paints and charcoal. Chelsea is the new Programming and Outreach Assistant for Musagetes, working with the Indigenous community in Guelph and Wellington and the greater community to create diverse and engaging events, programs, publications and community circles.