Jeannette Lorito M.A.

Highlights of Qualifications

  • Educational leadership with literacy and fine arts focus in cross cultural settings

  • Design and coordination of programs, lessons and workshops

  • Experience with diverse range of children, youth and adults

   

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Work Experience

The Raise-an-Artist Project Founder + Director + Arts Educator

Halton Hills, Ontario

2021-2006

For 15 years served more than 15,000 Artists, ages 4 - 70

  • Develop and facilitate an arts program in visual art and literacy: illustration, painting, photography, film, theatre, art therapy, playwriting, screenwriting, poetry, short story, novel, essay, report, bio, book design and publication

  • Run classes, workshops and camps

  • Hold annual art exhibitions teaching artists about the business of selling work, donating part proceeds from sales to charities

  • Partner with Noodle Gallery in Alton Village to showcase over 500 works

  • Mentor to Ontario College of Art and Design and University of Guelph Art students in field placement and experiential training

  • Build an art community wherein artist and family have long-term relationships with myself and the studio, evolving from student and camper to volunteer, mentor, instructor and collaborator

  • Head a volunteer program for high school students to fulfill their volunteer hours

  • Provide teen art classes and creativity club as a means of counselling

  • Lead a virtual learning program and instruct virtual writing classes

  • Create and teach a private alternative education program

  • Facilitate all sales, administration and bookkeeping

  • Execute all graphic design, print production, branding, marketing, promotion - print and web

 

Freelance Artist Ontario

2021-2006

  • Illustrator, writer, painter, photographer

  • Participant in over 50 juried exhibitions, gallery shows and festivals in Toronto, Hamilton, Caledon, Belfountain, Halton Hills, Orangeville, Oakville, Guelph, Waterloo

  • Operate and curate Lorito Gallery in Glen Williams

  • Member of local artist cooperative

  • Curate art shows and coordinate sales

  • Showcase and sell work at establishments throughout Ontario

  • Run on-line shops and social media

  • Publish art books

  • Facilitate all sales, administration and bookkeeping

 

  • Execute all graphic design, print production, branding, marketing, promotion - print and web

 

Raise-a-Lifelong-Learner Co-Founder + Arts Educator

Halton Hills, Ontario

2020-2018

  • Co-developed and facilitated an arts-based alternative learning program for 60 learners ages 4 - 18

  • Instructed creative writing, literacy, visual arts, design, math, science, ecology and life skills - organization, communication, creativity, expression, compassion, community, and goal setting

 

Photovoice Workshop Facilitator

Leogane, Haiti

2012

  • Facilitated photovoice workshops with internally displaced youth ages 18 – 24 on a Grand Challenges Canada Funded Project

  • Led photography and creative writing workshops to explore themes of survival, struggle, spirituality, safety and security, loss and hope

  • Executed photo-editing and on-line book design to publish workshop material

 

Ontario Arts Council – Arts Education Project Recipient

Regent Park, Toronto, Ontario + Halton Hills, Ontario

2007

  • Awarded $10,000 by the Ontario Arts Council to develop, implement and evaluate an Ontario community-based rural/urban learning exchange bridging inner-city children and professional artists

  • Facilitated art and business skills workshops that culminated in an exhibition to develop artistic potential in children and transform both communities involved

  • Coordinated funding; recruited and managed participants: learners, artists and educators

 

Professor

National Penghu Institute of Technology 

Penghu, Taiwan

2005

  • Developed lessons, lectured and wrote exams for English classes at local University drawing material from film, plays, poetry, short story, spoken word, articles and comics of cross-cultural content

 

English Teacher

Geng Dou + Joy English School

Penghu, Taiwan

2005-2004

  • Designed English lessons - grammar and vocabulary curriculum

  • Tested and assessed oral and written proficiency levels

  • Co-educated with Chinese English teachers and taught independently

 

Journalism Workshop Instructor King’s College

Halifax, Nova Scotia

2004

  • Facilitated journalism workshop for ESL students in a language bursary program

  • Provided lessons in writing, photography and film, edited newspapers and journals

  • Led activities, community outings and supervised student floor unit

 

Integration Aid

La Salle Elementary School

Montreal, Quebec

2003-2002

  • Worked one-on-one with behavioural student toward a goal of reintegration into class

  • Designed and implemented art therapy sessions as a means of crisis intervention

 

Educational Assistant + Child and Youth Worker

St. Paul School, Toronto, Ontario

2001-2000

  • Co-educated Junior-Intermediate classes and the Primary Behavioural class

  • Developed literacy program for special needs students

  • Facilitated small groups for social skills with JK/SK students

  • Facilitated expressive art therapy workshops, taught art lessons and implemented a photography documentation project

 

Senior Staff + Art Program Director Marygrove Camp

Penetanguishene Ontario

2002-1993

  • Member of management team responsible for the welfare of 150 staff and campers weekly, at overnight camp for inner-city girls

  • Served as a source for crisis intervention and counselling

  • Convened meetings of oral and written evaluation for program participants

  • Programmed and facilitated art workshops, daily activities, camp wide special events

 

 

Volunteer and International Development Experience

 

Go Rocco Ontario

2021-2014

  • Fundraiser to help those with Cancer make families; to educate, inform and raise awareness about Cancer, Fertility and Oncofertility

  • Bridged together a community of artists, educators and health practitioners

  • Performed campaign promotion on CTV's Canada AM and The Motts Radio, at Fertile Future's: An Evening of Hope, through newspapers, crowdfunding, social media, gallery art shows, virtual art shows

  • Received support by Canadian Fertility Consultants and Flowerday Law

  • Over $60,000 raised

 

Donate to Educate Leogane,Haiti

2012

  • Created an education fund to sponsor a family of five girls in Leogane Haiti placed at risk after 2010 Hurricane

  • Empowered young women and initiated change

 

Creative Writing Instructor

Erin, Ontario

2012-2010

  • Founded and facilitated writer’s club at local elementary school

Teacher/Student

Penghu, Taiwan

2005

  • Participated in a language exchange of Mandarin and English in local fishing village

 

Coach + Supervisor

Toronto, Ontario

2001-2000

  • Coached senior volleyball, track and supervised the grade eight camping retreat

Art Teacher Santa Fe,

Panama

1995

  • Taught weekly art lessons for local children

 

Teacher’s Assistant Adam Scott Collegiate

Peterborough, Ontario

1998-1994

  • Provided literacy and life skills within the classroom and on community outings for developmentally challenged students of the grade nine Community Living Class

 

Grants

OAC Arts Education Grant

Raise-an-Artist Project - helping us all see differently

Halton Hills and Regent Park, Toronto

2007

  • An Ontario community-based rural/urban learning exchange bridging inner-city children and professional Artists

 

 

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Education

 

Master of Arts – Creative Writing/English Literature

2004

  • Concordia University, Montreal PQ

 

Bachelor of Arts – Cultural Studies/English Literature

1998

  • Trent University, Peterborough ON

2010 - present

2010 - present