We are inclusive, we respect Indigenous voices and we have the capacity to engage in dialogue that respects and follows Indigenous ways and protocols. Our organizational model has built-in flexibility. It allows us to expand and contract to meet the needs of our clients. We have a list of associates available to you, and we are always adding complementary expertise to our collective. Our experience working as individual consultants and collaborating with a wide network of colleagues in Canada and abroad enables us to provide a unique suite of services that derive from a comprehensive and shared knowledge of the arts and culture sector and its many facets. Meet our core team:
Annalee Adair is the Director of A. Adair & Associates Inc. where she manages the company’s work in public art, cultural planning, and community engagement. Annalee has 25+ years of experience in public art as a consultant to private corporations and public sector organizations across Canada, Annalee holds a BFA, BFA Ed from NSCAD University and a PMD Pro Certificate in Project Management from APMG International.
Her recent projects include developing the public art plan for Stage 2 Ottawa Light Rail Transit Project; working in a consortium to develop City of Edmonton's Arts & Heritage Master Plan and managing a Talent2Lead, a mentorship program for cultural leaders across Canada. Annalee managed public art and collections for the City of Regina; was the Program Director of the City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program for 12+ years and initiated the Community Arts program (now the Community Arts & Social Engagement Office). More recently she was the City of Kingston’s Manager of Community Engagement and Education for Cultural Services where she led the development and approval of the public art policy and master plan. Annalee has sat on numerous juries, was a founding member of Creative Cities Public Art Advisory Committee and has spoken on public art at Creative Cities and American for the Arts conferences.
Helena Grdadolnik, M.Arch, FRAIC, ACCA is a Director of Workshop Architecture where she manages the company’s work in urban design, public art and cultural planning. She has more than fifteen years of experience in public art as well as expertise in architecture, urban design, cultural planning, and creative community engagement. Helena has worked with non-profits, private companies and public sector organizations in Canada, USA and the UK. Her clients include the Toronto Transit Commission, City of Kingston and Infrastructure Ontario. Her recent projects include: developing a national public engagement project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; creating a public art program for the City of Mississauga; and preparing a strategic and fundraising plan for Canada’s entry into the Venice Architecture Biennale. Helena has run artist workshops for the AGO, she chaired the Ontario Municipal Public Art Roundtable in 2013, 2016 and 2017, and has been a member of the City of Toronto’s Public Art Commission since 2013.
Ciara has been as a public art commissioner, director, consultant and project manager in cities across Canada and the US for over 10 years. Ciara is an Executive member, Board of Directors of Public Art Dialogue, an international organization devoted to public art and an affiliate of the College Art Association, and was recently an Advisor with the Creative City Network of Canada to establish the country’s first national public art network.
Ciara is currently completing an arts master plan for West Campus Development Trust in Calgary with artist Jill Anholt, and was most recently a project Manager with artists Sans facon, where they completed a city-wide arts master plan for King County in Seattle and an arts strategy for the East Ninth Street redevelopment plan with El dorado Architects, in Kansas. Ciara was the Co-organizer of Public Art: New Ways of Thinking and Working, an international symposium hosted by York University in Toronto in May 2017.
Ciara brings expertise and experience on the public art process, a critical, analytical, and broad knowledge of policy, process and project development and management, within a municipal context – The City of Hamilton, The City of Calgary, Waterfront Toronto – and has worked in curation, independent commissioning, consultation and facilitation with non-profit organisations, artist run centers, and corporate clients. Ciara brings a big picture perspective and an in-depth knowledge of contemporary public art practice happening across Canada and the US. She has written for Americans for the Arts, Stephen Magazine, Public Art Review and the Hamilton Arts Council, and has taught public art at McMaster University, Esker Foundation, and University of Calgary.
Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan
Terri has worked with government, private industry and not-for-profits organizations in the sectors of health care, community services, education, heritage and culture. Her clients include the Kingston Community of Health Centres, the City of Ottawa, the Assembly of First Nations, Canadian Geographic, and the Canadian Arts Presenting Association.
Her recent projects include the compilation and review of First Nations authors and theme based articles to contribute to an upcoming Canadian Geographic Indigenous Atlas, the facilitation of national Arts Presenters in Indigenous outreach and relationship building with CAPACOA, and engaging in social and cultural community dialogues toward the creation and implementation of a feasibility study and culturally Indigenous framework for relationship building at the City of Kingston. To learn more about Terri, please follow the link to her website inclusivevoices.com
Sarah Spafford Ricci
Sarah Spafford Ricci is Principle Conservator at Fraser Spafford Ricci Art & Archival Conservation Inc., a fine art conservation and restoration lab located south of Vancouver, British Columbia specializing in the restoration and preservation of art and archival material, and offer consulting services for private and corporate collectors, art dealers, insurance companies and cultural institutions. Sarah received a Bachelor of Science (H.Ec.) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Art Conservation from Queen’s University. With many years of experience in public museums and galleries she brings to the practice of conservation a varied treatment background and a special skill with cleaning, repair and restoration of contemporary art, and art with mixed media and unusual materials. She has amassed a very large body of experience in the conservation and restoration of art by Canadian artists, from historic to contemporary.
Sarah has worked in the conservation labs of the Glenbow Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Sarah was editor of conservation standards manuals for the Saskatchewan and Alberta provincial museums associations. She has written museum and conservation articles on disaster response and recovery, conservation assessments and surveys, and care of public and corporate art. At the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, she participated in a year-long recovery and response effort following a massive fire at the museum.
Sarah has worked in the conservation labs of the Glenbow Museum (Calgary, AB), the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (Regina, SK), and the MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina). Sarah was editor of conservation standards manuals for the Saskatchewan and Alberta provincial museums associations. She has written museum and conservation articles on disaster response and recovery, conservation assessments and surveys, and care of public and corporate art. At the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, she participated in a year-long recovery and response effort following a massive fire at the museum.
Sarah has served on the boards of the Canadian Association of Conservators (CAC) and the Saskatchewan Museums Association and is currently British Columbia’s representative to the CAC. She has been chosen for adjudication panels for the Getty Conservation Program (USA), the Government of Canada Museums Assistance Program, and the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators.