Associate Director Kerry Swanson has been leading initiatives in Indigenous arts for the last fifteen years at both the grassroots and institutional levels. She has a Masters in Communication and Culture from Ryerson University. She is Chair of the Board for imagineNATIVE, where she was previously Executive Director, and is a co-founder of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto at Harbourfront Centre.
As Associate Director of Granting at Ontario Arts Council, Kerry led the creation of the Indigenous Culture Fund, a $5 million annual program. She launched six new funding programs at Toronto Arts Council including the TAC Cultural Leaders Lab at Banff Centre and Indigenous Arts Projects. Kerry was born and raised in Chapleau, northern Ontario, in a family of Cree/Ojibwe, Irish and French heritage.
She is a member of Michipicoten First Nation, with familial ties to Chapleau Cree First Nation.