Dyan Marie is a Toronto-based artist, community organizer and poet. She creates projects and initiatives that explore urban situations and contemporary cultural experience. She is a founder of C Magazine, Cold City Gallery, Dupont Projects/Dyan Marie Projects (gallery), Walk Here, DIG IN, BIG: Bloor Improvement Group, Bloor Magazine and a number of community and arts festivals. Dyan received the City Soul award from the Canadian Urban Institute and various citizenship awards from city, provincial and federal government. She is a board member of the City of Toronto's Art for Public Places Committee, Councilor Ana Bailao's Ward 18 advisory committee, Centennial College advisory committee, BIG co-chair, Bloordale BIA creative director and a graduate of Ontario College of Art, OCAD and University of Waterloo, MFA. She has been an exhibiting visual artist since 1981 and is represented by Wynick/Tuck Gallery in Toronto and Michael Gibson Gallery In London. Recent solo exhibitions include "Is There No One Who Can Fly," Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener; "Transmissions," Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto and "The Disrupted Image," Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax. This past summer she developed "The Responding Festival," a multi-disciplinary month-long arts event marking the soon-to-be closed-and-redeveloped Kent School. In September she organized a reading and performance with 18 poets for 100 Thousand Poets For Change, a worldwide event in 95 countries, held at the House Of Lancaster on Bloor Street in support of Savards Woman’s Shelter and Perth/Dupont Library.