Current Projects

Youth Critics Initiative V

an annual incubator that mentors, supports and publishes emerging writers in critical forms
in partnership with the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival

Wayfinding [forthcoming]

a directory of active community arts and grassroots initiatives

Past Projects

Youth Critics Initiative:
Cohort 4
Cohort 3
Cohort 2
Cohort 1

Meet the core team

Jasmine Gui

Jasmine is a Singaporean-born interdisciplinary artist and arts programmer. The founder of Project 40 Collective, managing editor at LooseLeaf Magazine and producer at Teh Studio, she works in writing and mixed media. She holds an MA in English, Diaspora and Transnational Studies (U of Toronto) and is currently doing her PhD at York University.

Özge Dilan Arslan

Özge Dilan Arslan is an interdisciplinary Kurdish artist, activist, and researcher. Founder of the SWANA (Southwest Asian and North African) art collective Diaspora Express, Özge aims to illustrate the complexities of life within the diaspora. She is currently pursuing her MA in Communication and Culture at Ryerson/York University, and working alongside the Studio for Media Activism.

Grayson F. Lee

Grayson is a Ph.D student in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. He researches Korean webtoons, the digital culture industry, and transnational culture, utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to ask how people are imagining alternative realities within/without capitalism. Grayson also produces podcasts, makes digital collage art, and fulfills various other creative impulses.

Kelly Lui

Kelly is a community arts facilitator who is constantly interested in the ways digital media can be a site and tool for social change. She is a graduate from the Masters of Environmental Studies program at York University with a focus on community-arts methodology, critical food pedagogy and critical theory. Her favourite food is any form of noodle soup.

Nam Hoang

Nam is a designer and cinematographer whose work focuses on a unique blend of strategy, creative direction, and interdisciplinary experimentation. He is the founder of Makeshift Collective, a shared studio space for designers, artists, and fabricators. Nam is also the creator of the Vietnamese Refugee’s Archive, a crowdsourced platform for the Vietnamese Canadian Diaspora to tell their story.

Melina Mehr

Melina Mehr is a multi-disciplinary creator raised in Abu Dhabi and currently based in Toronto. She is an art museum professional, writer, and film photographer, whose work focuses on social justice, transgenerational memory, and storytelling. She received her Master of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto and currently manages freelance curatorial research and community programming while running her DIY project, invisibilities zine.

All Our Relations

TACLA is committed to solidarity with Indigenous Nations and peoples who are the traditional and present keepers of this land.

We are also allied with Black communities here on Turtle Island fighting white supremacy, anti-blackness and the devastating, continuing structures of colonialism.

We believe in intentional solidarity and allyship practices. We invoke “pan Asian” as both praxis and goal while recognizing that Asian diasporas, histories and presents are varied, complex and conflicting.