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AANM Board of Directors

The AANM Board of Directors:

Diane Driedger (Chair)

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Diane Driedger has published ten books, including The Last Civil Rights Movement: Disabled Peoples’ International (Hurst, St. Martins, 1989). Her upcoming edited book, Still Living the Edges: A Disabled Women’s Reader, will be published in 2021 by Inanna Publications. She is also a poet and visual artist, and published Red with Living: Poems and Art (Inanna Publications) in 2016.  She has been involved in the disability rights movement for 40 years, which includes working with Disabled Peoples’ International, Council of Canadians with Disabilities, DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN-RAFH) Canada, and Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities. Diane also worked with disabled people’s organizations in Jamaica, the Caribbean Region, and Trinidad and Tobago. Diane Driedger is currently Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba.

Ted Howorth (Vice Chair)

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E.J.Howorth’s passion has been Printmaking throughout most of his artistic career. He apprenticed under Wilfredo Arcay of Atelier Arcay in Paris. and received an MFA from the University of North Dakota. For over 40 years Howorth has exibited locally, nationally and internationally, received numerous commissions and is a part of many collections.  With Michael Schonke, Howorth introduced water-based screen printing to Druckwerkstatt/BBK in Berlin in 1991. In 1995 Howorth was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, R.C.A.

Dana Kletke (Treasurer)

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Winnipeg-based mixed media artist Dana Kletke holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from the University of Manitoba. She has participated in touring exhibitions throughout Manitoba. Her work was included in Boxed In! an exhibition of small sculptural works for The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in St. John’s, NL and Hard Twist 8:This is Personal for the Gladstone Hotel’s juried textile exhibition in Toronto, ON. She participated in Neurocraft, a collaborative project organized by the Manitoba Craft Council and the Winnipeg Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience that paired artists with neuroscientists. She created drawings and soft sculpture about memory loss that was shown at C2 Centre for Craft in Winnipeg, MB and the Visual Voice Gallery in Montreal, QC. Dana holds a Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management and is the Co-Executive Director of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art in Winnipeg, MB.

Brennan Smith (Secretary)

Head shot of Brennan Smith. Brennan is a Caucasian women with long brown hair that ishe is wearing in a ponytail. Brennan is wearing a black sweater and black top and is standing in front of brick wallBrennan Smith is an art historian with a specialization in Canadian art and architectural history. Her research areas include early twentieth century Modernism and the confluence of art, science and religion during this era. Smith has worked extensively in collections management, research and analysis, arts administration, exhibit curation, and in writing for public and professional audiences. She is the co-author of the 2017 book Green Blankstein Russell and Associates: An Architectural Legacy. Smith has an educational background in art history, with an MA from Queen’s University and a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba School of Art.

Susan Lamberd (Past Chair)

Susan is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in challenging the preconceived notions of what an artist with a disability can create, Lamberd uses the body as the main theme of her work. Diverse media communicate ideas of access in the arts, reject the view of disability that conventional artists have maintained, and aid in discovering radical new ways in which to express these beliefs. Susan was the Chair of the Board of Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba for over 10 years and now continues her work on the board as past chair.

Bram Keast

headshot of Bram Keast, Bram is a Caucasian male with short brown hair and a brown moustache. Bram is wearing long beaded earrings that are white and pink a well a a metal necklace. Bram is wearing a black long sleeved top and is standing outside with trees and bushes behind him.Bram Keast is an interdisciplinary artist whose work offers opportunity for jubilant, explorative interpretation. Working playfully with the legacies of minimalism and hard-edge painting, Keast’s practice pushes the visual into the haptic, creating 2D and 3D paperscapes where the process of making imbues art with magic. Keast lives and works in Winnipeg and holds a BFA (Honours) from the University of Manitoba. Their work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States and is part of several private collections across the world including England and Switzerland.

 

Christian Higham

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 Christian has been a volunteer with AANM since August of 2019 and a board member since April of 2020. She has experience working in the Manitoba arts scene as a volunteer and casual performer, including her position as an organizer with Good + Plenty WPG – a promotional group for underrepresented artists in Winnipeg. Her work in the arts sector has been influential in establishing some of her research interests, most recently for a research proposal on revolutionary ideology in artist-run centres. It has also made clear the injustices for BIPOC artists and scholars and artists with disabilities or those working in the discourse of disability. 

Christian is currently a graduate student in the MA in Cultural Studies: Texts and Cultures program at the University of Winnipeg. She graduated with a BA from Cornell University in 2019, studying Government and Art History. Her research interests include Cultural Theory, Queer Theory, and Film and Visual Culture. 

Board Member Information:

All members of the AANM Board of Directors are expected to assist on a committee in addition to their general board involvement. Please express in your application the area of interest for you.  For example, fundraising, promotion, policy development, programming, membership development, governance.  We want to find you a position/role that will benefit from both your enthusiasm and professional experience.

Board members spend approximately 5 hours per month on AANM work. Depending on your level of involvement and commitment, this time might increase.  Does your schedule allow for a new commitment?

Should you wish to submit an application to join our Board of Directors, you can download and complete the form below.  Please attach your CV (or a history of volunteer work, employment and/or other interests) and a statement expressing why you would like to join AANM as a board and/or committee(s) member?  Your term of commitment would be a minimum of two years as a Board of Director or a  committee member.

Send in and attach or include a resume/curriculum vitae.   You can email documents to info@aanm or drop off/mail to AANM at 102-329 Cumberland Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B  1T2.

Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you.

please download the application form

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