“My aim is to have positive impact on artists and the arts community, to introduce new creative projects and initiatives, and to use the arts as a tool for community development,” says Danika Locchead, “A strong arts and cluture sector can acat as a catalyst for many things, including economic growth and community vitality.”

Danika is the Executive Director of the Kingston Arts Council. Through communications, programming, and advocacy, the KAC promotes the creation, development, and appreciation of the arts in Kingston and supports artistic growth and engagement for arts organizations and artists at all levels of their careers. The KAC also administers key funding programs, the City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF) and the Nan Yeomans Grant for Artistic Development.

Danika is a graduate of the University of Toronto and spent the first part of her career working in the field of communications in Toronto for international non-profits and social enterprises. She has a special connection to Kingston WritersFest as she spent one season with the festival in 2011 as its Publicity and Media Relations Officer. Danika is currently continuing her education with the Certificate of Cultural Planning at the University of British Columbia.

Appearing in: 11. Susanna and Maud: Biography Meets Fiction