IMG_20141114_224224 Sabra Ripley

Sabra Ripley is a community artist, arts-advocate and community builder with a Masters in health

promotion and community development focused on arts as a means of developing strong, healthy

individuals and communities. She is the founder and former Executive Director of Ottawa’s House of

PainT Festival of Urban Arts and Culture and is currently on maternity leave from her position as Cultural

Outreach Officer in the City of Toronto’s Arts Services, where she supports arts and culture in Toronto’s

underserved communities. In recent years Sabra has worked as Interim-Coordinator for the billboard tax

advocacy group BeautifulCity.ca, as a Management Consultant for the Artists Mentoring Youth Project,

and as a Researcher for Scarborough Arts Council’s Creative Mosaic project. Formerly the Deputy-

Executive Secretary for the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas she has also worked as Project

Coordinator for the Hip Hop 360 project at the Canada Dance Festival. Sabra’s community arts practice

is in street dance and theatre of the oppressed including work with the all bgirl DeCypher Crew and

Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences’ Get Up! Stand Up! project.


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