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Jenny 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


Work Experience

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

Halton Hills, Ontario


For 16 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 OCAD, Queens University 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


  • 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

  • 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


  • 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


  • Facilitated photovoice workshops with 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


  • Awarded $10,000 by the Ontario Arts Council to develop, implement and evaluate an Ontario community-based learning exchange bridging 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



National Penghu Institute of Technology 

Penghu, Taiwan


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Worked one-on-one with students with behavioural challenges 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


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

  • Developed literacy program for students with disabilities 

  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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


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


Penghu, Taiwan


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


Coach + Supervisor

Toronto, Ontario


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

Art Teacher Santa Fe,



  • Taught weekly art lessons for local children


Teacher’s Assistant Adam Scott Collegiate

Peterborough, Ontario


  • Provided literacy and life skills within the classroom and on community outings for students with disabilities in the grade nine Community Living Class



OAC Arts Education Grant

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

Halton Hills and Regent Park, Toronto


  • An Ontario community-based learning exchange bridging children and professional Artists





Master of Arts – Creative Writing/English Literature


  • Concordia University, Montreal PQ


Bachelor of Arts – Cultural Studies/English Literature


  • Trent University, Peterborough ON

2010 - present

2010 - present

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