Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Toronto, Tanya Turton is a , Creative Entrepreneur and Wellness Educator. Tanya has committed her practice to empowering self-love and holistic wellness. Tanya describes her calling by saying "I facilitate and provide tools for people to fall deeper in love with who and how they are".
She currently works as the the founder of NiaZamar: Redefining Beauty, Adornment Stories and as an Art With Impact educator. Using arts, media, and education Tanya is an advocate for wellness.
Tanya is a licensed hair stylist with 10 years of experience. Wellness and mental health became close to her heart when her older sister, who she describes as a beauty pageant socialite, died by suicide. This event forever changed her life and her investment in community healing. In 2012, she graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelors of Social Work degree. She later went on to complete the George Brown Entrepreneurship program in 2014.
With a background in facilitation and workshop development stemming as far back to 2008, Tanya has had an opportunity to weave arts and education together. Her work has provided her the opportunity to expand the conversation across North America. In her own arts practice Tanya built an interest in the relationship between adornment, storytelling and healing. She has used make-up artistry, hair artistry and photography to witness and affirm Black women and their stories. Tanya works at using her social enterprise NiaZamar: Redefining Beauty to create safer spaces for holistic wellness and healing. Clients are everyone from activist, artist, students, professors, executive directors, marketing associates and managerial consultants. Each seeking a space for spiritual renewal and reprieve. Tanya painted the faces and laid the edges of Black Lives Matter Toronto for their historic Pride Parade shut down, photoshoots and numerous media appearances. Most recently Tanya provided make-up and hair services to mayoral candidate Saron Gebresellassi for each debate and media appearance. Her vision is to build collective care spaces that remind people there is no need to simply survive, we can thrive.
We deserve to be witnessed. We are all beautiful.
We believe that people are deserving of spaces to fall deeper in love with who and how they are. Since 2015, we have created safer spaces for holistic wellness and healing. Our membership program was created to foster a deeper sense of community and allow us to best service the needs of our unique clientele. Are you a newbie trying out beauty services for the first time? Or are you a NiaZamar regular who has been a part of community visiting us as the seasons change for your regular touch up? Or are you deeply committed to your self -care routine, booking regular appointments, attending events and seeking a support system for your wellness journey? We are your accountability partners. There is something for everyone in the NiaZamar House.
Client centred care is integral to our work. We value creating spaces for not only beauty but wellness and personal transformation. On your terms.
NiaZamar: Redefining Beauty is a membership based beauty wellness social enterprise, empowering self love via mind, body, and soul. NiaZamar provides holistic & inclusive beauty using make-up, hair artistry, one-on-one classes and beauty products. NiaZamar caters to your unique identity and personality for personalized results.
NiaZamar can be found on all social platforms @niazamar
Trap My$tic is the culmination of magic, community and business.
It is that sacred space where alchemy, spiritual healing and life purpose come together. Trap My$tic is a blend of intuitive guidance, manifestation, strategic alchemy and life resources for forward movement through healing.
TrapMy$tic can be found on social @trapmystic
Adornment is a collective of Black women/femme youth artists, educators and change makers with in-depth community artist experience who wish to cultivate spaces for others like us to safely tell their stories.
Our collective mission is to provide safer spaces for Black women/femme youth to discuss the issues that are impacting their mental health, develop self-love practices and increase earning capacity via digital arts education. As facilitators who live in the neighbourhoods we support, and share intersecting identities with participants, our objective is to develop a sustainable program/platform that provides each participant with an increased skill, network and income to transform their personal stories.
Adornment can be found at @adornment.stories
ENTERPRISE TORONTO — 2016-2017
STARTER COMPANY BUSINESS TRAINING
NIA CENTRE OF ART, AVNU AND ARTREACH — 2014
ART OF FACILITATION CERTIFICATE
GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE — 2013-2014
ALC TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT — 2013-2014
BASIC AND ADVANCE HAIR STYLING CERTIFICATE
RYERSON UNIVERSITY — 2008-2012
BACHELORS OF SOCIAL WORK- MINOR IN SOCIOLOGY
MIND.BODY.SOUL HEALING CIRCLE
Monthly Discussion Group
Creative Director |Coordinator
Documentary and Photo Series
THE ART OF HAIR
Arts based educational program using beauty to engage in conversation about identity and self-love to girls and young women ages 5-35. Twelve week sessions were held in Scarborough and the Lawrence Heights Community.
Adornment: Self-Love Beauty Rituals for Healing
MY BODY IS MY CANVAS
Weekly arts based workshop connecting practical skills with historical knowledge of adornment
WEAVE: WE ARE PART OF THE FABRIC
Developed and facilitated a weekly entrepreneurship and creative enterprise program for LGBTQ Youth primarily of colour who are faced with barriers of under-employment, under-housed and conflict with the law. This position included building partnerships with organizations as a tool to provide opportunities for youth to build income and experience. Curriculum focussed on crisis management, marketing, business structure, online business, financial planning, professionalism and various aspects of self-employment. Administrative duties involved managing yearly funding, developing curriculum and supervising a team of co-facilitators.
BRIADING WITH A SOCIAL TWIST
Developed and facilitated weekly HIV/AIDS programming for young women from the African Diaspora. Our weekly curriculum and discussions centred on topics including self-efficacy, healthy sexual practices, healthy relationships and self-care regimens