Project Inkwell

On April 5, 2014, Project Inkwell connected youth and emerging artists with established artists in the community for a day of fun, growth, and learning. Emerging artists strengthened their communication skills through exposure to a broad range of art forms, including creative writing, visual arts, and modern music. 

Presenters & Performers

Emilia Nowicki 

Emilia, Miss Teenage Peel 2014, gave a keynote speech about how she uses art to overcome obstacles. Emilia also performed an inspiring dance routine and some of her poetry.




Shawn Micallef

Title of talk: Writing Your City

  • Author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto 
  • Senior editor and co-owner of the Jane Jacobs Prize-winning magazine Spacing
  • Columnist at the Toronto Star 
  • Speaker at TEDxToronto 2013



  • 19 year old Canadian rapper/poet, named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20
  • Album Rhythm & Poetry tackled social issues such as positive life choices
  • Performed at Celebration Square and Dundas Square during UNITY Kickoff
  • Has helped raise over $1 million for the United Way of Peel Region through speaking engagements




Title of Talk: Poetry Alive: I decide this is my voice

  • Author of 5 in-print poetry books and director of Poetry Alive education program
  • Poem Still Life featured in 700 buses across Canada as part of Poetry in Transit
  • 2010 Mississauga Arts Council MARTY Award for Emerging Literary Arts
  • Current Ontario representative to the League of Canadian Poets

Jessie Trott

Title of Talk: Glass Art

  • Mixed media artist – glass, photography, paintings
  • Community Course teacher at the Living Arts Centre (bead flame-working)
  • Former Resident Artist (blowing glass) at the Living Arts Centre
  • Has exhibited and sold work around the Greater Toronto Area


Amy Leask

Title of Talk: Kid's Nonfiction

  • Author of ThinkAboutIt: Philosophy for Kids book and app series
  • Vice-President of Enable Education, a curriculum design company
  • Blogger for The Huffington Post Canada
  • Speaker at TEDxMilton 2012


Evan Munday

Title of Talk: Kid's Stuff: Writing and illustrating for younger readers

  • Publicist for Coach House Books
  • Author of Silver Birch-nominated young adult books, The Dead Kid Detective Agency
  • Cartoonist behind the comic book Quarter-Life Crisis
  • Illustrator of the novel Stripmalling

Emilia Jajus

Title of Talk: Discover an Artist within YOU

  • Toronto muralist, pet portrait artist, and art teacher
  • Murals have been featured by CP24, CBC, CityNews, and Toronto Star
  • Exhibited at Visual Arts Mississauga



Cynthia Feng

Vocal and acoustic performance. Cynthia is currently the President of Ink Movement Mississauga and a Grade 12 student at The Woodlands S.S. 






Title of Talk: New Signs of Communication: from street installations to socially engaged practices and beyond…

  • Media: interdisciplinary installation and socially engaged intervention
  • Featured in Toronto Urban Film Festival, Art of the Danforth, and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto, etc.
  • Artists-in-Residence with the Art Gallery of Mississauga


Matthew Jones "Testament"

  • Performer at UNITY Festival – an urban /hip-hop festival celebrating love, peace, and unity
  • Released three albums based on lyricism and rhyme construction 
  • Performed and taught from coast to coast
  • 12 years of public speaking experience with workshops, talks, and seminars



Pages on Fire

Title of workshop: Exploring Racism: Free writing, poetry, and personal narrative

  • Pages on Fire is an anti-oppression writer's collective from across the GTA




Christopher Doda

Title of workshop: Found Poetry: The art of stealing words from your surroundings

  • Toronto-based poet, editor, and critic
  • Author of two poetry collections: Among Ruins and Aesthetics Lesson
  • Series Editor for annual Best Canadian Essays from Tightrope Books



Kate Marczynski & Laura Kaminker

Title of workshop: Keeping it real - research to write

Betty Zhang

Title of workshop: N/A

  • Toronto-based artist and designer

  • Aims to enhance the cause and effect between nature and human experiences

  • Portfolio available from




Ida Campana

Title of workshop: Creating your own visual techniques for reading music

  • Owner of The Conservatory of Music

  • Author of Piano Exam Prep ebooks

David Leask

Title of workshop: What's in a song?

  • Produced 3 critically-acclaimed CDs

  • 2x winner of the International Songwriting Competition

  • Mississauga Established Performing Artist of the Year in 2004



Kathy Bailey

Title of workshop: The Big Reveal: Magic colour secrets from Rembrandt

  • Professional fine artist and art educator

  • Award winning painter with 30+ years of experience

  • Instructor with Visual Arts Mississauga for traditional glazed oils



Dermot McKeown

Title of workshop: Painting at the speed of sound

  • Experienced painter - oils, watercolor, acrylics

  • Instructor with Visual Arts Mississauga for 10+ years

  • Past President of the Mississauga Art Society


Steven Botelho

Title of workshop: Pastel eye/Window to the soul

  • Children's instructor with Visual Arts Mississauga

  • Experience with coloring books, paintings, illustrators, and puppets