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Our Team

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We are the organizational face and collective voice that is needed to provide arts space advocacy at all levels of government. We bring our knowledge and expertise together to identify and partner with community leaders and influencers to champion the need for creative hubs, live/work space, and look for other opportunities to grow arts spaces in Edmonton.

Partners include

  • The City of Edmonton
  • Edmonton Arts Council
  • Edmonton Heritage Council
  • Creative Hubs across Canada
  • Calgary Arts Development Association
  • Various Community Groups

Meet the Arts Habitat Team

Doris Car

Finance and Administration Manager

dcar@artshab.com
(780) 474-0907

Doris Car

Finance and Administration Manager

A few years ago, Edmonton became Doris’ new home city and Canada a new life adventure. She graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology as an International student and after working for multiple organizations within the not-for-profit sector, she discovered her passion for not-for-profit accounting and financial policies. In addition to her work dedication, she is eager to experience culture and taste the variety of culinary treasures of our world.

Kelly Gardiner

Communications Manager

kgardiner@artshab.com
(780) 474-0907

Kelly Gardiner

Communications Manager

Kelly is enthusiastic about placemaking projects that contribute to the vibrancy of Edmonton. Her interest in the field sparked while working as the Marketing and Operations Intern at Vignettes™ in 2019. During her time there, she contributed to numerous placemaking installations in the downtown core, a K-Days exhibition hall, and the Vignettes Design Series Festival: Muse 2019. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. While pursuing her degree, she was an active Campus and Community Recreation leader and served as the University of Alberta Squash Club President during the 2018-2019 academic year. Following her passion for community development, she has pursued a career in communications and stakeholder engagement, as demonstrated by her previous work in nonprofits and fundraising campaigns.

Julian Mayne

Executive Director

jmayne@artshab.com
(780) 474-0907

Julian Mayne

Executive Director

Julian joined Arts Habitat in 2013 following an extensive 35 years Arts Management career which he has had the pleasure of working in music, theatre, opera and dance. A member of the team that built and managed the Winspear Centre, he was also the project manager for the design, construction and installation of the 3.5M Davis Concert Organ. Previously an instructor of Project Management with MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management Program, Julian was also Executive Director of Fringe Theatre Adventures and Fringe Festival from 2006—2012.

Post-secondary education includes music composition and piano through MacEwan, Arts Management at the Banff Centre and certificates in Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution through Alberta Mediation.

As a volunteer Julian has served on many boards, including president of the Edmonton Arts Council and the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta; serving on the Arts and Cultural Management Advisory Committee for Grant MacEwan University, FireFly Theatre and most recently with Shumka Dance Company. As president of the Edmonton Arts Council, he led a cultural delegation to South Korea to meet with the artists, mayor and city officials in Edmonton’s sister city of Wonju. Julian was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II, Diamond Jubilee Medal, for service to his fellow citizens, community and country.

Raj Nigam

General Manager - ArtsHub Ortona

rnigam@artshab.com
(780) 474-0907

Raj Nigam

General Manager - ArtsHub Ortona

Raj has been actively involved in the Edmonton arts community for 35+ years. He holds Bachelor’s and Masters Degrees in Applied Music (Performance, Percussion) from the University of Alberta and a certificate in Arts Administration from Grant MacEwan College. An active freelance musician, he spent decades playing in the percussion section of the ESO. He also has extensive experience working in the world of festivals and events, as he was the Programming Manager for both, E2001 Festival of The Worlds, and the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. He was Executive Director of the Edmonton Heritage Festival Association, and from 2007-2013 he worked in Ottawa as the Senior Manager of Programming & Celebrations for the National Capital Commission (NCC), a role that saw him manage both Canada Day in the Capital (including the activities on Parliament Hill) and Winterlude. Most recently, Raj served as Programs Officer for the Edmonton Screen Industries Office (ESIO).