Welcoming New Staff: Stephanie Draker

Posted: 2015-05-14 11:20:04 AM by work in culture editor | with 0 comments

Steph-Photo-(2).JPGWe are very excited to be introducing the latest addition to the WorkInCulture team! Stephanie Draker has come onboard in the newly-created role of Program Coordinator, and already we don’t know how we survived without her!

Stephanie has been working in the Toronto arts, culture, and heritage scene for almost a decade. Since graduating from York University she has been involved with many of the city’s most notable institutions, including Artscape, the Textile Museum of Canada, the Bata Shoe Museum, and the Canadian Air & Space Museum. We are very fortunate to have her on the team, and look forward to all the great things she'll be bringing to the organization.

We asked Stephanie to answer a few questions about herself and what folks can expect from some of the upcoming projects that she will be managing.


Q: How did you get into  arts administration?

A: I’ve always been passionate about arts & culture. While I was in University completing a Fine Arts degree, I did an internship as a Project Assistant for the Textile Museum of Canada. It was my first experience being part of the driving force behind the development, creation, and delivery of the type of programming I loved to experience myself. I was introduced to new initiatives and applications that challenged the traditional ways we experience and access information about art and cultural heritage. It was inspiring work that I could get really excited about. I was hooked.


Q: What was your experience with WorkInCulture prior to starting your job here?

A: The WorkInCulture Job Board has a staple in my job searches and has been a go-to resource when I’ve had to recruit staff or volunteers. I also followed WorkInCulture through social media to keep up-to-date on programming, volunteer, and professional development opportunities.


Q: What are you most excited about in your upcoming projects?

A: I’m looking forward to working with cultural leaders from around Ontario and developing resources that focus on the specific needs of the cultural sector.


Q: What’s are some of your favourite arts/culture/heritage things to do & see in the city?

A: Too many to mention! The CONTACT Photography Festival and Doors Open Toronto this month.  I’m also look forward to the Fringe Festival in July. Aside from those large-scale activities there’s always a bounty of street festivals, food fests, fleas, arts markets, exhibitions, events, and performances being held throughout my neighbourhood between now and September.

And I’m one of the  47,000+ people who has RSVP’d to the Gatsby Garden Party at the Spadina House – so I’ll see you all there.


Q: What’s a “fun fact” about you?

A: I love to cook and to learn and adapt new recipes. They’re not always successful, but I once made meatballs stuffed with cheese, tomato sauce, and spaghetti. To date, It’s probably the culinary accomplishment I’m most proud of.