Raeesa Lalani

Artistic Director of Prismatic Arts Festival

Raeesa Lalani is an arts professional, leader, and artist, flourishing as the Artistic Director of the Prismatic Arts Festival.

After an extensive varsity volleyball career at university, the arts industry called her back as a professional, as Raeesa has long been active as an actress, singer and has been known to tickle the ivories too. She obtained a B.A. in English at Dalhousie University followed by a graduate degree in Journalism from the University of King’s College.

Her education and experience in the field of journalism and broadcasting for many years was the starting ground for her work in arts presentation leading to expertise in understanding media and communications, telling stories, outreach and audience development, fundraising, and social media development.

Raeesa feels immensely fulfilled being part of an organization that has enabled her to grow personally in the arts but also be a part of a greater cause that continually strives to help the growth of Indigenous artist and artists of colour through advocacy, opportunities, and making space for voices who have been traditionally excluded and underrepresented.

She is active as a board of director for multiple non profit organizations, as she believes it is important to give back her time and support to members within her community!

Raeesa would like to acknowledge that she was born and raised on the traditional land of Stoney Nakoda in Wichispa Oyade and has now found her home on Mi’kma’ki land in K’jipuktuk.