Lora Northway is a multi-disciplinary artist in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is an exhibiting artist, youth coordinator, arts educator, curator, and graffiti artist. She received her HBFA from Lakehead University, followed by Certificates in Arts Education and Critical Youth Work from York University.
Alongside her studio practice she is the Outreach & Youth coordinator for Definitely Superior Artist Run Centre (Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts Winner 2013). She is the founder of three youth collectives; Die Active Graffiti Art Collective, Neechee Studio Indigenous Youth Arts Collective, and inVISIBLEink, an LGBTQ art and writing group. For 11+ years she has delivered dozens of workshops to groups of all ages and sizes. Most recently she delivered a TEDx Talk on ‘youth-led creative production’ and developed a conference of the same topic for Indigenous youth leaders from Northern communities. She also spoke on the panel ‘Emerging Ideas’ at the Northern Conference for Arts, in the North Bay. She has participated on several Ontario Arts Council Juries, has received four Northern Arts grants, an Emerging Artist grant and was the recipient of the Artist Run Centre’s and Collectives Emerging Cultural Leader Award, as well as the Cultural Educator Award for the City of Thunder Bay, 2015.
She helped develop the Ontario Culture Strategy as key artist speaker and chosen as the artist for the cover of the final Ontario Culture Strategy document.
Lora wishes to acknowledge and give thanks for the support of the Ontario Arts Council & The Canada Council for the Arts in her endeavours.