Imani Creative Consulting is a branch of Imani Enterprises.
Imani Enterprises is a company dedicated to the advancement of Youth, Arts and Culture. Imani Enterprises was founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1994 as a response to the need for positive cultural programming with an arts education focus. We are now based in Toronto, Ontario and our company has continued to evolve over the years.
Imani Creative Consulting – is a Global Arts Education Service that introduces creativity as a means of communication and outreach. We provide creative and innovative services to: Individuals, schools, community based organizations and corporations. Our services are designed to help our clients realize that arts and creativity can add to a better quality of life and we make our clients part of the creative process.
Performance art and creativity is an essential tool for life long learning. The arts create an opportunity for youth, and adults to feel a sense of recognition and belonging in today’s society. Our workshops and one on one consultations are devoted to the personal development of our clients through the creative process.
Imani Creative Consulting offers a unique service because we will customize our workshops to suit our clients’ needs. We also have a unique competitive advantage, because we have an established network in Toronto, Montreal and Nova Scotia. Using improv, movement, voice and speech, writing and spoken word; we use a multi disciplinary approach in all of our work. We are able to develop workshops based on themes outlined by the client, and execute them in a professional, creative and timely fashion. Anne‑Marie Woods is our lead consultant, she is a pioneer in arts education and arts outreach work. Her diverse experience and extensive background make her an excellent facilitator, communicator and very efficient at assessing our clients’ creative needs. Support personnel to aid in the delivery of workshops comes from a pool of professional artists that have been affiliated with our company for many years.
Anne‑Marie Woods, our lead consultant is an educator, producer, performance artist and a writer. She has a theatre arts degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She also studied for one year at the Maritime Conservatory of Music. She completed one year teacher’s training at Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, one of the oldest and most prestigious Theatres in North America. While at Freedom Theatre she also took an advanced August Wilson Scene Study class, was assistant to the director Walter Dallas, on the stage production of Cooley High and was an advanced and beginner acting teacher. Anne-Marie’s extensive background stems from her dedication to the advancement of youth arts and culture. In 2001 she served as a playwright in residence at Young Peoples Theatre. Also in 2001 she was the first Canadian to be selected as a featured artist in the Nationally Acclaimed National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem North Carolina. She has received many grants and awards for her work as a performance artist including: an Ontario Arts Council Word of Mouth grant, a Canada Council grant to theatre artists, Canada Council playwright in residence grant, Canada Council Spoken Word and Storytelling Grant, 5 Canada Council travel grants, and a Canada Council operations grant to host a Toronto artist in Nova Scotia. She has received a Bob Marley Day Award from Mayor David Miller for her youth work and community outreach, an East Coast Music Award for African Canadian Artist of the Year, and a Rebels With a Cause Community Activism Award.
Anne-Marie Woods worked for CBC radio for two years as their artist in residence, where she developed creative treatments for news and current affairs. While at CBC, she was an on air personality on Metro Morning, The Content Factory, and Sounds Like Canada. Anne-Marie also worked as a stringer for cultural story ideas for Sounds Like Canada and produced a documentary called “The Irony of the Artist”, for OutFront, and her second documentary “Flat Belly Blues” was picked up and aired on BBC radio in London, England.
Ms. Woods has been a cultural educator doing workshops, community outreach and motivational speaking in the school system and cross cultural communities since 1993. In 2002 she developed the new speaker series “Artivationally Speaking” where she developed speeches with a creative flair on various societal topics affecting today’s youth. She has been booked to present her speeches for the Nova Scotia, Ottawa and Montreal School Boards, the Toronto District School Board, Peel Regional School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board. She has performed in professional theatre productions such as: Harlem Duet, Gospel at Colonus, Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, and Afrika Solo. She sang in a professional singing group called Four The Moment for twelve and a half years. Four The Moment was a Nova Scotia based group with international critical acclaim. They performed at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, the Women in E motion Festival in Germany, Roy Thompson Hall, New York Lincoln Centre and they opened up Dr. May Angelou in Toronto in 1996 and in 2003. She has produced shows for Harbourfront Centre, the Innoversity Creative Summit, and she wrote and produced a children’s play for the KYTES program at St. Stephens Community House.
Anne-Marie Woods has a strong background as a writer. She has written countless scripts on societal topics that affect youth for various social service agencies and youth organizations. She was hired to create a script on Africville, based on a children’s book for CBC TV Arts Spots. Her autobiography was published in in an anthology of women’s stories created by Carole Trainer entitled “And I Will Paint The Sky”. Her script "True Confessions of a Single Woman While Waiting for her Big Break the off off off off off off off off Broadway Musical" was chosen as a feature for the Rock Paper Sistaz festival in Toronto. As a columnist she wrote for Afrotoronto.com for 5 years – writing two columns On My Mind and her travel column Single With Baggage. She was also a travel columnist for Sway Magazine Online with her column Goin Places Single
Her extensive background in recreation, community outreach, anti-racist education, media, performance art, and production make her an expert in her field and makes her well connected to many different communities in Toronto and other parts of North America. Some of her associates have been, Dalton Higgins Artistic Director of Music Programming at Harbourfront Centre, Cynthia Reyes, Managing Director of Diversipro, Shelley Hamilton, jazz artist and performance artist, b current theatre, Pierre Tetrault and Allen McInnes of Young Peoples theatre and Monique Johnson of Elevated Grounds. She is a member of ACTRA, Canadian Actors Equity, The League of Canadian Poets, SOCAN and The Playwrights Guild of Canada.