Excel Garay

RISE Program Coordinator - Halifax

(They/She)

Excel Garay is a Filipina-Canadian diasporic-settler occupying Mi'kma’ki territory in Kjipuktuk (Nova Scotia, Halifax). They are an artist/curator, cultural worker, and educator. They’re completing their double degree from NSCAD University with a focus on BA in Art History and BFA in Painting. They are the founder and co-organizer of the BIPOC Collective in NSCAD University. They've been invited as a guest lecturer in NSCAD and a panelist/speaker for the National Inquiry on Anti-Asian Racism hosted by UBC in 2021. 
 
Topics such as diasporic intimacies, collectivism, aesthetic theory and methodologies that embody cultural anti/post/decolonial elements are their interests.
 
"I'm excited to be part of Apathy is Boring. This space allows me to efficiently deploy educational resources in an accessible way to youth who are interested in taking up leadership roles in their respective communities. There's a tendency for academia and art to remain in the abstract realm but I am able to manifest my interests into the material realm."