Apanaki Temitayo M

Born in Toronto and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Apanaki Temitayo M is a single mother of three. She is an author, spoken word poet, actor, multimedia artist and teacher. Her canvas compositions are an expression of her Trinidadian heritage and spirituality. Apanaki is currently the Workman Arts Artist-in-Residence for 2017 – 2018. She has been featured at Workman Arts, Being Scene 16th Annual Juried Exhibition 2017 at the Gladstone Hotel and The Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival. and also at the Workman Arts, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 2015. She has made her international debut at the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, 9th Annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition: Maya Angelou, with her original artwork, Mama’s Watching in South Carolina. Her New York debut at The Amazing Nina Simone Documentary Film by Jeff Lieberman, with her piece Nina Simone Fragmented. She honored to be the first woman of color to be in the Room Magazine: Woman of Color Issue for 2016. Her original poetry was included in the groundbreaking Caribbean Erotic Anthology: Poetry, Prose and Essays, Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2010; she is honoured to be a part of Re-Imagining the Sky Anthology as part of the Writers Workshop by the Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto, 2013. Apanaki currently teaching her art practice at Workman Arts Encore Program for Inpatients, with experience as a facilitator CAMH, Gifts of Light, Workman Arts Art-Cart Program, Toronto East General Hospital, Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, Drop-In Art Class and at Workman Arts, CAMH. Rise Asset Development, helped to support her in becoming the Sole Proprietor of  Apanaki Designs. Her handcrafts and fine artwork merchandise, soft furnishings and accessories, are all made in Canada. She received an Honorable Mention for 2015, and received the Rise’s Peer Powered EnterpRISEr of the Year Award at the Dr Paul  E.Garfinkel Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement 2015, RISE Asset Development, from Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, 2015.

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