LOUD Art's Philosophy is derived from the young founder of our organization- Tara Vahab. Tara has been practicing visual arts for almost her entire life and received her first artistic award at the age of 9. She is interested in all forms of art and creativity and has been practicing music, dance, drama and culinary in different stages of her life.
She does not only believe but is aware that creative practices are one of the most effective and easy ways of preventive treatments, regulating emotions and maintenance of balance in life. Her desire to help other, passion for creativity and learning new skills has lead her to do an extensive research on human psychology and psychoanalysis in order to find out the true purpose of arts and creativity. She is documenting results of her researches in her upcoming book " Self-Therapy Through Art & Creativity". Tara received her BFA from University of Calgary in 2015 not too long after which LOUD Art was founded. Her ultimate goal is to extend LOUD Art Society into an art and creativity centre where easy and affordable hands on experience access to practicing any form of art is given to public.
Bonnie Kowaliuk is an eclectic mindfulness coach and transformational leadership consultant focusing on the mental health and well being of men and families. She has a background designation as a registered social worker, accredited music therapist and business leadership consultant, who over the course of the past 10 years has been exploring brain-based approaches to learning, transformational leadership, health and wellness. She recently completed her designation as a Fellow of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music which employs music assisted mindfulness and psychotherapeutic approach to help address a range of issues from mental health and wellness to optimal learning and performance. Bonnie is a coactive certified coach and has a certification in mindfulness via Royal Roads & as well as a certification in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. As a lifelong learner & change catalyst, she hopes to aspire growth, change and evolution in others and in organizations through her own example and her love to learn, live authentically and discover her true self.
Yangyang has 10+ years of qualitative research experience (MSc ’11, London School of Economics and Political Science; MA ’13, New York University; PhD ’20, University of Calgary) in the areas of social and cultural psychology, art therapy, and community health sciences. In Calgary, Yangyang has served on over 30 committees, advocacy councils and non-profit boards, including for TEDxCalgary and the University of Calgary Senate. She is passionate about finding creative and inclusive mental health solutions and is excited to serve LOUD Art Society as Community Outreach and Mental Health director.
Seth Keller serves as the Secretary & Financial Advisor on the LOUD Art Society's Executive Committee. Seth brings 5 years of experience in corporate and investment banking from two of the world’s most significant banks, Santander and JPMorgan Chase. Recently, Seth has pivoted to working in Business Development, Strategy, and Operations with several startups across multiple sectors. He brings with him a strong desire and passion to aid with the mental health challenges and the pandemic we face as a civilization. Seth earned a BA in Finance from Pennsylvania State University.
Victor Quach currently serves as the Treasurer on the LOUD Art Society board of directors. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Haskayne School of Business at UofC. Victor believes people seek out art to escape from the difficulties of life. Music and art provide escapism and beauty but also understanding and enlightenment. Therefore, people creating art, not only express their feelings and difficulties but also create a sense of satisfaction for themselves and for others.Victor enjoys learning about cooking, gardening and recently 3d printing. Although he is not very artsy, he is glad that he can help with his skill set and drive the organization forward.