Founded in 2007
Inter Arts Matrix is a not-for-profit charitable arts organization
that fosters the development of integrated art
based in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Fostering the development and production of new work in interdisciplinary art.
To educate and increase the public's understanding and appreciation of interdisciplinary art forms, to assist artists in developing interdisciplinary art and disseminating it to the public, and to provide programs promoting interdisciplinary art.
Inter Arts Matrix fosters the development of works in which the various artistic disciplines are not simply set beside one another, but intermingle and influence each other, creating new forms of expression in the process. Whether a film, an exhibition, an installation, a concert, a theatre performance, an opera, or any work of art created collectively, the projects developed at Inter Arts Matrix seek to find poetry and meaning in the use of technology, old and new.
Inter Arts Matrix supports artists through the entire creation process, from the conceptual stage to development, production, presentation, documentation and promotion. Inter Arts Matrix encourages the creation of art in public spaces, and art works that go beyond interactivity to involving the public as active participants. In this way, Inter Arts Matrix can intersect with diverse geographic locations and audiences.
Inter Arts Matrix promotes the art works it produces to audiences locally, nationally and internationally, acting as a cultural ambassador not only for the region's artists, but also for the Waterloo Region as a site for cultural creation and innovation.
Public performances, exhibitions, lectures, workshops; creation of interdisciplinary works of art from idea development, through creation workshops, rehearsals and production, to public presentation; publications and outreach.
Inter Arts Matrix was founded on June 6, 2007 by mezzo-soprano, actor and director Anne-Marie Donovan in Waterloo, Ontario. In 2014, after seven productive years with Inter Arts Matrix, Anne-Marie Donovan was awarded a Waterloo Region Arts Award, took a sabbatical, and decided to pass on the baton. On September 23, 2014 Isabella Stefanescu became the second Inter Arts Matrix artistic director. Sheila McMath is the third and current Artistic Director.
Sheila McMath is a curator, facilitator, artist and community organizer. A graduate of the University of Waterloo's MFA program, McMath's work in the arts has maintained a balance of work with larger institutions and direct involvement with artist-run initiatives. As a curator she has conceptualized and realized exhibitions that have included artists at every career stage including emerging artists such as Julia Hepburn and Audie Murray, to mid-career artists including Pattie Chalmers, Karine Giboulo, Carmela Laganse, Zachari Logan, Graeme Patterson and Jennie Suddick. McMath has also had the pleasure of curating exhibitions with some of Canada's most established and celebrated artists including Susan Edgerley, Irene Frolic, Susan Low-Beer, Peter Powning and Ione Thorkelsson. She has been published numerous times in FUSION magazine and various exhibition catalogues. McMath is also a founding member of Tri-City Stopgap (TCS), an artist collective that hosts large-scale exhibitions in marginal or transitional spaces. In 2010, she was the recipient of The KW Record's 40 under 40, an award that recognizes community leaders. As an artist, her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries across Ontario and a sculpture from her Tissues & Trimmings series is included in the collection of Cambridge Galleries.
Samantha Tai - Audience Relations and Communications Coordinator