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Toronto Artscape Foundation leaders challenge themselves to raise over 40K in one day

On Friday July 31, 2020, three Toronto Artscape Foundation Board Members will undertake personal challenges over the course of a day to raise money and awareness for Artscape and the Toronto arts community who is suffering economically as a result of COVID-19.

Dan Marinovic will cycle for eight hours to raise money for artists in need due to COVID-19. 

Toronto Artscape Foundation Board member, Dan Marinovic has committed to cycling at least 200 kilometres over an eight hour period in his personal challenge.

Colleen Moorehead

Board Chair, Colleen Moorehead is committed to hitting tennis all day in the Ontario summer heat.

In another challenge, Toronto Artscape Foundation Executive Director, Jane Hopgood, Board member, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace and Board Chair, Colleen Moorehead have committed to hit 10,000 tennis balls on court.

While they are completing their personal challenges, visual artist Karen Roberts will be creating a mural on site and singer-songwriter Paitra will be providing music.

These personal challenges will be streamed online from 8am –  6pm, where sponsors will get to watch, cheer the team on and make music requests. Watch the livestream, either using the Cisco  Webex or joining by browser. The event password is Artscape2020.

As well, Jane Hopgood will be taking over the @artscapeTO Instagram account for live updates throughout the day.

Together with your help, they hope to raise a minimum of $40,000 in one day for our artists in need!

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About the artists

Karen Roberts

A participant of various dance forms and physical activities throughout her life, Karen developed a fascination with the body and its ability to move in weird and wonderful ways. She paints using acrylic, latex, and aerosol, on paper, canvas, or walls, to portray moments of transitions, being off balance, falling, recovery, strengthening and growth.

Karen creates art installations from found objects and up-cycled materials to invoke questioning and self reflection. She also shoots and exhibits still photography.

Karen has created public art for the City of Toronto, King St. Pilot, streetARToronto, Bell Box Program and private organizations. She has exhibited at Art in the Park, Danforth East Art Fair, Barns Art Market, Artscape, Bata Shoe Museum, Female Eye Film Festival, Contact, Snap, and Dance Ontario.

Born in Toronto, she practices in the GTA. Karen graduated from Central Technical 3-year Adult Art, Ryerson Photography and Humber College Audio/Visual Technology Programs. Learn more.



Paitra is a singer-songwriter based in Toronto with a deep-rooted passion for music. Originally from Timmins, Ontario, Paitra grew up performing in school concerts, weddings, and city events. It wasn’t until she moved to Toronto when she started to work on her music career more professionally, having opportunities to play gigs throughout the city, collaborate with like-minded emerging artists, and begin recording her original music. As a hobby, Paitra uploads song covers to her YouTube channel for her friends and family to enjoy but is beyond excited to start releasing her original music for the world to hear. Paitra’s music will be featured on July 31 but in the meantime you can listen to some of her work here:

“Feeling Whitney” cover

“Old Town Bad Guy” (Billie Eilish + Lil Nas X mashup) cover



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