Resumé
Desirée O / Desirée Ossandon / D. Cole Ossandon

I am a multi-disciplinary artist as well as the owner, writer, and community manager of Canada Arts Connect. My work aims to explore culture, society and human nature while making connections in the creative community.

Work Experience

2001-present

Multi-disciplinary Artist
Artist / Writer / Musician / Actor

My work aims to explore culture, society and human nature while making connections in the creative community.

2008-present

Canada Arts Connect
Owner / Community Manager / Writer

Writing, editing, content management, website management, statistics/analytics monitoring/analyzing, social media, marketing/publicity, operations, development, hiring, staff/contributor management, special projects, and administration.

2008–2011

Shameless Magazine
Columnist / Blogger

At Shameless Magazine, I created an online column called Shameless Women which profiled positive female role models for young women. Over two and a half years I interviewed over 60 women from different professions, causes, backgrounds, ethnicities, orientations, and anything/everything else.

I also wrote articles/posts on various topics relevant to “girls who get it.” Along with appearing on the website, many of my pieces were also featured in the print version of the magazine.

2010

Battery In Your Leg
Music Columnist

Columnist covering Canadian music.

2009

Rock Sellout
Music Columnist

Columnist covering Canadian music.

2005-2010

Watt Communications
Logistics and Operations Manager

2005-2007

Babble
Co-Owner

Button and sticker company. Original art and custom orders. Sold in stores, events, and online.

My business partner and I were responsible for all aspects of the business – from development to customer service, to product creation and marketing.

2003

Directors Guild of Canada - Ontario Division
Receptionist

2002

Run the World
Retail Salesperson
Publications

2011

Branch Magazine
Pop Issue

In a nutshell, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah [visual art – collage]
No Witnesses (Overprotected-Barbaric) [visual art – collage]
Perils of Muses and Femmes [visual art – collage]
Please Explain [visual art – collage]
Tinted Love and The Kitchen Sink [visual art – collage]

The Optimisms Project
Books @ Torontoist

2010

Matrix Magazine
New Feminsims

Feminism Dot Com [poetry]
Third Wave Feminism [poetry]

Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out
Inanna Publications

Casting Call: Looking for White Girls and Latinas [poetry]

2010

ditch

Bathtub of Pomegranate Seeds [poetry]
Bring Apples to the Table [poetry]
Indulgence [poetry]
More Skin Than Gender [poetry]
Names in the Phone Book [poetry]

2010

The Incongruous Quarterly
Collage Issue

Magazine B [poetry]
Magazine E [poetry]

2011

Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

After the Third Wave [poetry]
Challenging Your Textbook-isms [poetry]

2011

Steel Bananas
(#27) Neo-Canadiana

Queen W. [poetry]
Stages of this Land [poetry]

2012

dead (g)end(er)
Issue Three

Gideon (and I) Undressed [poetry]
Standing In Impossible Places [poetry]

2015

pop up art

Pay Attention You’re Missing Things (V)

Exhibitions

2015

Sweet!
Wall of Art / Guelph Civic Museum
Volunteer Experience

2014-present

Professional Writers Association of Canada - Guelph Chapter
Website and Blog Coordinator
Education

2013

Ryerson University
Creating Website Editorial

2014

California Institute of the Arts
Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers

2014

The University of Edinburgh
Warhol: Celebrity, Sex, Money, Death, Time

2014

The University of Iowa's International Writing Program
How Writers Write Poetry; How Writers Write Fiction

2014

Emory University
The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Nubia
Additional Training

2011

Generating Buzz for Your Small Magazine
Magazines Canada

2011

The Digitization of the Editorial Function in Magazine Publishing
Magazines Canada

2011

The Digitization of the Production Function in Magazine Publishing (Platforms and Content)
Magazines Canada

2011

The Digitization of the Circulation Function in Magazine Publishing
Magazines Canada

2011

The Digitization of the Advertising Function in Magazine Publishing
Magazines Canada

2012

Ad Sales 101
Magazines Canada

2014

Marketing for Professional Artists
CARFAC / WorkInCulture

2014

Finances and Self-Employment (Bookkeeping and Business Entities for Artists)
CARFAC / WorkInCulture

2014

Insurance for Artists
CARFAC / WorkInCulture

2014

Negotiating Contracts and Public Art Commissions
CARFAC / WorkInCulture

2014

Copyright and Moral Rights for Artists
CARFAC / WorkInCulture

2014

Issues for Established Artists
CARFAC / WorkInCulture

2014

Native Ads and Sponsored Content
Magazines Canada

2014

Digital Analytics Fundamentals
Analytics Academy

2014

What Magazine Media Can Do For You: Four Case Studies
Magazines Canada

2014

Business Media: Turning Traffic Into Registered Users
Magazines Canada

2014

The History of Rock
University of Rochester

2014

Marriage and the Movies: A History
Wesleyan University

2015

Introduction to QuickBooks Online
QuickBooks Online Training, Intuit® Canada

2015

QuickBooks Online Payroll & Apps
QuickBooks Online Training, Intuit® Canada

2015

CADAC (Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada) Training
Canada Council for the Arts
Professional Organizations

2014-present

Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)
Professional Member

2014-present

Guelph Arts Council
Artist Member

2012-present

Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA)
Member

Skills

Art & Design

I can create commissioned pieces of art or designs for various purposes and projects.

Writing & Blogging

I have experience with print and online writing as well as blogging, newsletters, press releases, media kits, and more.

Social Media

I have experience with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Google+, Youtube, and other various social media platforms.

Arts Administration

I have experience with all aspects of arts administration from leadership and coordination to marketing and financials.

Communications & Media Relations

I have experience with PR, media relations, and other forms of professional and creative communications.

Project Planning

I have experience organizing and running projects from conception to completion independently or with a team.