OCAD University
Faculty of Art

Area(s) of Expertise

Community Art, Community Arts


Melanie Fernandez, BSc, MEd, is currently Manager of Community and Education Programmes at Harbourfront Centre. For six years she worked as Community Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council. During this time, Melanie led a comprehensive policy review of community arts in the province that resulted in new definitions, directions and programs. Following this position Melanie was Head of Education at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In addition, she currently teaches a course in community arts at the Ontario College of Art & Design and has written extensively in the areas of cultural diversity and cultural production, aboriginal cultural production and community arts. Melanie has served on numerous Boards and advisory committees including: Cultural Pluralism in the Arts, Community Arts Ontario, A Space Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre and the Canadian Commission of UNESCO.


BSc University of Toronto

MEd Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

Selected Publications

Catalogue essay: The MacLaren Art Centre, Anne Marie Beneteau: SCAR, 2001

A Space Gallery, Sign of Spirit, 2002

The British Museum Press, An Encyclodiea of the First Peoples of North America, 2000

MUSE, Summer 2001 Hecho o Mano: A Collaborative Community Project

Editor: Another Vital Link: A Community Arts Workbook, Ontario Arts Council, 1998

Editor: No Frame Around It: A Community Arts Biennial, 2001

Catalogue Essay: Spiritual Dialogue: New Work By Winsom, National Centre for African American Art", Boston 2000

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre

University of Toronto, Art Administration Program

Canadian Commission UNESCO, Advisory Committee

City of Toronto, Art in Public Places

Canadian Museum Association, Editorial Committee

Toronto Star, Community Editorial Board