With over 15 years of combined experience working closely with artists and designers, managing public art projects, and supporting urban development initiatives in the City of Toronto. PATCH brings a set of world-class expertise with a local focus.

In collaboration with our roster of over 120 artists, our multi-dimensional projects are realized by our core staff, each of whom brings with them unique expertise that includes:

  • photo / video documentation
  • community engagement
  • arts management
  • communications
  • urban planning
  • evaluation
  • design
When we're not working on PATCH projects, many of us remain busy through the wider work of The STEPS Initiative, our host organization.

Our Team

Alexis Kane Speer

Executive Director

With over 10 years of product development experience, across renowned community and cultural institutions, Alexis has won numerous awards for her leadership in city-building initiatives and holds an MA from the Dept of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto.

Anjuli Solanki

Community Projects

A public artist and urban planner, Anjuli draws on her program development, community engagement, research and capacity building experience to lead successful community projects. She holds an MSc in Urban Planning from Oxford Brookes University.

Elena Potter

Community Projects

An experienced community builder and event coordinator, Elena is excited about art that facilitates deeper connections between people and places. She has a background in writing about art and organizing exhibitions, and holds a BFA in Photography from Ryerson University.

Ananna Rafa

Artist Engagement

A visual artist who works with a variety of media, Ananna has been instrumental in the production of several community-engaged public art installations across the city. Her passion for photography and documenting the world around her has brought her to study at Ryerson University.

Philippa French

Community Projects

With a background in arts and culture policy, Philippa is passionate about improving public spaces and promoting public art. Philippa holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University and a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Toronto.

Artist Advisory Committee

Our annual calls are facilitated using a double review process, which depends on the valuable contributions of our voluntary Artist Advisory Committee, representing cross-sectoral cultural leaders.

  • Adrian Forrow (Artist, Illustrator & OCAD University Instructor)
  • Chloë Catán (Acting Curator of Public Art for the City of Mississauga)
  • Emily May Rose (Artist & Northern Contemporary Gallery Owner)
  • Joshua Heuman (The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery Curator)
  • Benjamin Freedman (Artist & Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival Coordinator)
  • Devan Patel (Art Dealer & Project Gallery Owner)
  • Michael Kim (Artist & Ryerson University Instructor)
  • Rebecca Carbin ( Principal ART + PUBLIC UnLtd and Former Waterfront Toronto Public Art Program Manager)