Rhéanne Chartrand is a curator, arts administrator, and cultural animator based in Toronto, Canada. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Anthropology from McMaster University and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.
Recently, she completed her role as Artistic Director for the Aboriginal Pavilion, a 16 day Indigenous arts, culture and sports festival that was held in conjunction with the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games. While serving as Artistic Director for the Aboriginal Pavilion, Rhéanne co-directed and co-produced the Aboriginal Pavilion’s Opening Night Showcase alongside Alejandro Ronceria, and solo curated Gazing Back, Looking Forward, a photographic and mixed media art exhibition at Fort York Visitor’s Centre. She has participated in other curatorial projects, most notably as co-curator of Sanaugaq // Things Made by Hand.
Rhéanne has held past positions with other notable organizations in the non-profit arts + culture sector, including but not limited to: Pleiades Theatre, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Thunderbird Aboriginal Arts, Culture and Entrepreneur Centre, and the National Museum of the American Indian (DC).
In addition to her Métis roots in Canada, Rhéanne grew up with a deep appreciation of and connection to Latin American cultures. Her personal journey is reflected in her professional commitment to create cross-cultural connections and interdisciplinary artistic collaborations between Indigenous peoples from across the Americas. She is dedicated to nurturing community engagement, arts education, and cultural expression by curating exhibitions, producing multidisciplinary arts festivals, programming and special events within the Toronto Aboriginal and Latino-Canadian communities.
In her free time, Rhéanne pursues her passion for Brazilian samba and other Latin dance styles, as well as writing and poetry.
Rhéanne is currently working on a number of independent curatorial projects to be presented throughout 2016-2017.