EDUCATION & TRAINING
2018    University of Toronto, Master of Information, User Experience Design
2012    York U, Hons. B.A., Anthropology & International Development Studies
2007   Seneca College, Art Fundamentals Certificate

GRANTS & AWARDS
2017    Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant
2016    Ontario Arts Council, Arts Education Projects Grant
2015    Ontario Arts Council, Access and Career Development Grant
2014    Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Award
2013    Neighbourhood Arts Network BMO Seed Grant
2012    Women in Film and Television-Toronto Award

SELECTED WORKS
2018    Balikbayan (solo exhibition), Kwentong Bayan, Worker’s Arts and Heritage Centre
2017    Our Origin is Interconnection (short film), Been Here So Long, Reel Asian Film Festival
2017    Suman Ladies (short film), Special Reel Asian Program, Kaohsiung Film Festival, Taiwan
2017    Visual Timeline of Caregiver’s History in Canada (installation), Take Care Circuit 2: Care Work, Curated by Letters & Shakes, Blackwood Gallery
2017    Visual Timeline of Caregiver’s History in Canada, Radical History Poster Project: Remember, Resist, Redraw, Graphic History Collective
2016    Comics x Migration (site specific mural), Bayan Exhibition, A Space Gallery
2015    Portrait of Solidarity (exhibition), A Space Gallery
2014    Labour + LOVE (performance), Mayworks Festival
2013    Kwentong Bayan (exhibition), United Association Labour Education Conference
2013    Suman Ladies (short film), Bridging Arts Festival
2013    Suman Ladies (short film), Rebels With a Cause Film Festival
2013    Here, Then (short film), Toronto Youth Short Film Festival
2012    Suman Ladies (short film), Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
2012    Born Filipino (music video), Cahoots Theatre + Anakbayan-Toronto

COLLABORATIVE WORKS
2018-17 Goodbye Saigon (comic series), story by Amanda Nguyen & illustrations by Althea Balmes, West End Phoenix Newspaper, October-March issue
2017    Katutubong Binhi (Native Seeds) Offering by Kapwa Collective zine, Marvellous Grounds Special Issue #2
2016    Chimpoy Champoy zine in collaboration with Kat Estacio, (self-published)
2014    Kulintang Healing Garden (site-specific project), Restless Precinct
2014    Mix/er Syrup (animation), dir. Maya Yonesho, TAIS, Japan Foundation
2010    torontilippines: an exquisite corpse project, Baguio Philippines
2010    Text Me (performance), Kultura Arts Festival, Kapisanan
2010    Peepshow (video installation), Kultura Arts Festival, Kapisanan
2010    Untitled (collective mural), Toronto Fringe Festival

COMMISSIONS
2017    Kulintang in Summer, cover page, Musicworks Magazine
2017    Worker’s Rights, banner, George Brown College
2016    Teens In Residence Cookbook Zine, cover page, Theatre Centre
2016    Falling, Draining--who cares for our caregivers?, illustrations, CATIE-Toronto
2015    Protect Your People, illustration series, United Steel Workers-Toronto
2014    We Vote, patch design, 519 Church St Community Centre
2013    Tutors’ Perspective, illustration series, MOVE-Adult Literacy Project
2013    Maritime Exodus, cover page, Briarpatch Magazine

TEACHING (ARTS) RESIDENCY
2017    Comic-Making and Residency for Asian Youth, SKETCH
2014    Youth Arts Program, Art City St. Jamestown
2014    Comics for the People, S.O.Y. Arts and Mentorship Project for LGBTQI2S* Youth

COMMUNITY ENGAGED ART & PRESENTATIONS
2018 Comic Jam with Althea Balmes and Keet Geniza, Worker's Arts and Heritage Centre
2018    Whose Community, Myseum Toronto, Xpace Cultural Centre
2018    Caregiver Gathering Series with Kwentong Bayan Collective, Balikbayan Exhibit, Worker's Arts and Heritage Centre
2016    Visual Storytelling, Teens-In-Residence, Theatre Centre
2016    Comic Jamming Workshop, S.O.Y Alphabet Soup Youth Group
2016    Body Mapping Workshop, “Make Time, Take Time” Filipino Health Fair, CATIE
2015    Stencilling Workshop, Springtide Resources
2015    Cartoons in Social Change, Undergrad Course, OCADU
2015    Cartoons for Change: Art Tools Workshop, Ryerson University
2015    Art Workshops, Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program-NYLD, YMCA
2015    Collage Portrait, K Mobile Project, Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute
2014    Collage Zine Workshop, 519 Church St. Community Centre
2014    PoC Comics + Migrant Justice, DisOrientation Week, OPIRG-York University
2014    Haiku Comic Workshop, S.P.O.T Malvern, Scarborough
2014    Making Tutorial Videos Workshop, Access Alliance Multicultural Health Cen.
2013    Cartooning and Animation Workshop, Art City St. James Town
2013    Envisioning Your Story Workshop, Clutch Program, Kapisanan
2010    Kariton Kollective: How to Draw Workshop Series, Kapisanan

JURIES AND COMMITTEES
2017    Media Arts Creation Projects Jury, Ontario Arts Council
2016    Artists in the Community/ Workplace Jury, Ontario Arts Council
2015    Industry Shorts Jury, Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival
2014    Program Committee, Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts
2014    Marketing Committee, Reel Asian International Film Festival
2013    Short Film Program Committee, Reel Asian International Film Festival
2013    Marketing Committee, Reel Asian International Film Festival

ARTIST TALK & PRESENTATIONS
2018    Balikbayan-Kwentong Bayan Collective, Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre
2017    Feminists Lunchtime Talks, Blackwood Gallery
2017    Marisa Moran Jahn and Kwentong Bayan Collective in Conversation, YYZ Outlet
2017    Celebrating Filipino Comics Traditions with Kwentong Bayan, Toronto Public Library
2016    Art, Activism & Working-Class Comics (panel), LabourStart Global Solidarity Conference
2015    Portrait of Solidarity (panel), Mayworks Festival & A Space Gallery
2013    Kwentong Bayan Artist’s Talk, Mayworks Festival & Art Gallery of Ontario
2013    Art in Action (panel), Rebels With a Cause Film Festival
2012    Food For Thought (panel), Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
2012    Suman Ladies Artist’s Talk, Asian History Month, TDSB & TCDSB
2012    Filipino Komiks: 100 years of history and contribution to Filipino culture, Kamalayan Konsciousness Series, Anakbayan-Toronto
2010    Art Through Philippine Revolutions, Kamalayan Konsciousness Festival

PUBLICATIONS
TBA    Direction Action Gets The Goods, ed. Graphic History Collective
2017    Bagoong ni Uncle Dan, Looseleaf Magazine Issue 4, October 2017
2016    Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love, Drawn For Change: Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggles, Between the Lines Press
2014    Gangnam Elves, Rice Paper Magazine, Issue 19.4
2013    Gangnam Elves, Briarpatch Magazine, Nov-Dec issue
2013    Gangnam Elves, The Peak Magazine, Issue 5 Vol. 52

MEDIA
2017    Aliermo, April.  If you don't see it, make it! These Asian comic artists are taking charge of telling their own stories, CBC Arts, August 9 2017
2017    Parris, Amanda. The newest comic-book heroes are real-life Filipino caregivers, CBC Arts, June 5 2017.
2014    Manek, Haseena. Writing Pictures, Drawing Stories: A caregiver comic book, Our Times Magazine, Vol 33 No. 3/4
2013    Ravindran, Manori. Toronto’s immigrant filmmakers show reality of cultural mosaic, The Gate, April 12 2013