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Creative freedom meets community action

Ryerson Photography Studies graduate and nonprofit entrepreneur Che Kothari

Alumnus Che Kothari believes Ryerson chose him as much as he chose Ryerson. An entrance scholarship to the external,Photography Studies program offered him a rich experience that helped him to become the influential artist and mentor he is today.

Moving to Toronto provided Che with the kind of cultural diversity he was seeking – and dedicated guidance from Ryerson faculty gave him the freedom to develop his talents. In the Faculty of Communication and Design – Ryerson’s creative innovation hub – he had access to his own studio, lighting equipment, dark rooms and computer labs with all the latest programs. Che appreciated the creative freedom to develop his style, voice and purpose as an artist. After graduating, Che co-founded external,Manifesto Community Programs, a non-profit organization that helps put local artists on the map and unites and empowers diverse communities of young people through arts and culture. Over the past ten years, the organization has provided internship, employment and travel opportunities for youth and young artists. external,The Manifesto Festival is the marquee event of the organization and has grown to become Canada’s largest celebration of hip hop culture and beyond. But Che’s success doesn’t stop there. In 2015, Che was appointed curator of external,Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, where he brought 10 major cultural partners together for an exhibition entitled “10 for 10th - Memory Lane”.

At Ryerson, you can follow your passion. With access to the resources and support you need, you have the freedom to discover how you can use your unique talents to inspire others.