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Finding a Career Path that Brings You Joy--5 Good Ideas From a Vic One Grad Whose Career is *Entirely* Unrelated to Her Degree(s)
Date: Mar. 23, 2022
Speaker: Rebecca Harrison
Rebecca Harrison is a proud supporter of the Canadian arts and culture sector, and identifies particularly as a community arts advocate, connector, musician and wordsmith. She currently holds the position of Executive Director at Unity Charity, a national non-profit organization that uses Hip Hop art forms to develop resilience among underserved youth and artists–a position she secured at the age of 28. Leading a team of 17 staff and 65 artists, and managing the operations and strategy of the multi-million dollar organization, Rebecca works alongside the Canadian Hip Hop community to develop programming, curate events, and create accessible opportunities for young people to engage with and grow through Hip Hop.
Her career has been spent working with and for young and emerging artists, artist educators and arts organizations, a professional path inspired by her own deep connection to art and music. With Record Label / Artist Management company, Coalition Music, she delivered music and music business education to youth from across Toronto’s priority neighborhoods and First Nations reservations in Ontario. Alongside the City of Toronto and Manifesto Community Projects, she coordinated Arts Lab, a pilot project that provided mentorship and support to artists from underserved communities in the City. Prior to Unity she worked with Business for the Arts, where she scaled a mentorship program for arts organizations across Canada from 50 participants in one province, to 500 participants in 8 provinces, in less than two years.
Rebecca is also proud of the side projects she’s a part of–she was invited to be a founding member of an emerging, black-led music publishing collective (Be More Entertainment), acts as an accessibility support to a neurodiverse multi-disciplinary artist, and provides pro bono funding and grant strategy consultations to emerging artists from across Canada. She is also a volunteer with Jumpstart Refugee Services, where she offers career and employability mentorship to newcomers in Canada.
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