ALTHEA BALMES IS A FILIPINO-CANADIAN MULTIDISCIPLINARY VISUAL STORYTELLER INTERESTED IN COLLABORATIVE CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS TO TELL STORIES AND MAKE ART.
She is an artist-educator rooted in community work. She uses her strong connection to her culture and her place as a diasporic Canadian woman of colour to inspire her work and as a way to connect to others. She teaches visual storytelling workshops throughout the city. She has won the 2012 Women in Film and Television-Toronto (WIFT-T) Award for her film, “Suman Ladies”. She received The Min Sook Lee Award for her on-going community based comic book project about the real lives of Filipino live-in Caregivers, “Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love” in 2014.
Althea is currently doing her Master of Information in User Experience Design at University of Toronto.
[photo by Haseena Manek]