Creative Director & Curator
Ashley McKenzie-Barnes is an award-winning Curator and Creative Director currently leading D.PE (diverse, progressive, experiences) Agency, a creative agency dedicated to crafting inclusive experiences for companies and organizations of all sizes and industries, while hiring equitably.
She was the Curator for Canada’s longest running Black History festival, KUUMBA at Harbourfront Centre, and one of the main 2019 curators for Nuit Blanche Toronto. Her work has included programmed exhibitions, creative collaborations, and award-winning installations for companies such as ArtworxTO, CIBC Square, Universal Music, PEPSICO, 19 Crimes Wine with Snoop Dogg, Johnnie Walker, Bombay Sapphire, Samsung, TEDxToronto, Sabian, Campari, Truly Seltzer, Scotiabank, City of Toronto, Manifesto Festival of Art and Culture and more.
She is responsible for introducing Toronto to internationally acclaimed artists and art projects like Emmanuel Taku (Ghana) Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, JR’s Inside Out Project and Nina Chanel Abney, in a variety of DIY spaces, contemporary galleries to major Canadian institutions.