Sterling Downey has a longstanding career in community-based organizations and the arts which spans over two decades. Downey founded the Under Pressure festival 19 years ago.
Melissa Proietti was born and raised in the city of Montreal. Proietti is pursuing her PhD in education. Her research is based around bringing the visual urban arts into the curriculum of an inner-city school in Montreal. This will be the first school in Canada to attempt a curricular focus on the urban arts.