OUR TEAM

Andrew Eastman

Andrew Eastman

Co-Founder / Creative Director

The majority of Andrew's professional work in the arts and culture sector has been tied to his projects with Synonym Art Consultation over the last three years. He has a 4-year BA in Creative Writing from The University of Winnipeg and has completed ACI Manitoba’s Festival and Event Management Masterclass. His primary art form is as a poet, having been published in CV2, Juice, rip/torn, and The Winnipeg Free Press. Lately, however, the role of curator and community arts facilitator has become his most creatively satisfying endeavour, allowing him to explore a literary and visual art practice alongside those of others, via collaboration.

Chloe Chafe

Chloe Chafe

Co-Founder / Creative Director

Beyond her work with Synonym Art Consultation, Chloe has worked in many capacities and at many levels of Manitoba’s arts and culture sector, including as the Assistant Manager of Studio 393, a satellite program of Graffiti Art Programming, as well as as the Event Coordinator for Arts & Disability Network. She has completed ACI Manitoba’s Festival and Event Management Masterclass. Chloe also has a career as a professional visual artist in many different mediums and has shown work at The Graffiti Gallery, The Frame Arts Warehouse, and at the REEL PRIDE Film Festival.

Pat Lazo

Pat Lazo

Production Manager

Before acceptance into The University of Manitoba Fine Arts program Pat Lazo’s interest in art had begun at an early age. From 1993, he was involved in the early Canadian graffiti movement, when legal and illegal paintings were the all part of his practice. Seeing conflicts between high-art, commercial art, and graffiti art, much of the subject matter of his work pertains to this conflict. Lazo co-founded Graffiti Art Programming in 1998 and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba in 2002. Presently, he is the Artistic Director at Graffiti Art Programming. In January 2009 he received the Future Leaders of Manitoba award in the Arts Category.

Andrew Sannie

Andrew Sannie

Production Manager

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, artist Andrew Sannie has become known for his lyrical chops as an emcee and member of critically acclaimed/WCMA nominated hip hop group, The Lytics. After graduating from the University of Winnipeg as a Rhetoric, Writing and Communications and English major, Andrew turned his sights to the not for profit world, wanting to apply his background as a creative and now trained writer to a professional work setting. His most recent endeavours have found him teamed up with Synonym Art Consultation and GAP to help realize his vision of covering the North End in contemporary, world-class murals. Often taking a community first approach to his creativity, Andrew has helped launch North End Arts and Arts week to help promote creativity, art and culture in the cities North End. This most recent foray in to community activation and arts curation as a member of the Wall-to-Wall team, seems like a natural fit for a hungry creative with dreams of keeping his city beautiful.

Niki Little

Niki Little

Advisory Board Member

Niki Little is a mother, artist/observer, arts administrator and a founding member of The Ephemerals (randomly listed). She is of Cree/English descent from Kistiganwacheeng, Treaty 5 territory (displaced from the beginning). Her interests lay in artistic and curatorial strategies that investigate cultural consumerism, feminism and Indigenous women, cultural skill-based strategies, cultural Diaspora with slightest hint of ambivalence. She is a member of the Winnipeg Arts Council Public Arts Committee (MB); Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot School Inc. (MB); and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (national). Currently, she is the Director of the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition and from August 2015 to January 2016, she was the Indigenous Curator in Residence which is a partnership launched by aceartinc and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective curating the group exhibition enendaman | anminigook (intention | worth).