Karen Carter

Executive Director
Heritage Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Karen Carter is a cultural sector executive who enjoys working in creative and educational environments. She has over 20 years of experience working and volunteering in a range of arts, culture and heritage settings in Toronto.

Karen is co-founder of Black Artists' Network and Dialogue (BAND), the organization dedicated to the promotion of Black artists in Canada and abroad. BAND produces the annual TD Then and Now national series for Black History Month and operations the BAND gallery and cultural space to provide an accessible space for emerging and professional black artists to continue to develop their work.

As part of her varied experience, Karen was a member of the Leadership Team for the Imagine a Toronto...Strategies for a Creative City report in 2006. The Leadership Team prepared their report after travelling to Berlin, Barcelona, Toronto, New York and London, England for a comparative study of these cities' cultural sectors. She has also worked as a cultural consultant for the Department of Canadian Heritage as well as with the City of Toronto as Museum Administrator for the Toronto Museum Project.

Karen's education includes a BA in History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and Equity Studies.

She is currently the Executive Director at Heritage Toronto, a City of Toronto agency responsible for heritage education and promotion.