The Founding Director of L'AiR Arts, Mila is originally from Siberia, Russia. After moving to Canada in her early 20s, she completed Arts Management program at the University of Toronto, specializing in management of not-for-profit organizations and diversity and pluralism in the Arts and Culture. While majoring in Art History at the University of Virginia, USA, she focused on the late 19th century and 20th century Modern Art. Since completing her studies, for over 10 years she has served multicultural communities in various regional and nation-wide roles, while working with hundreds of cultural institutions in both visual and performing art sectors. As part of her National Program Coordinator role at the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Mila worked in partnership with various public institutions, from major city museums and galleries to small historic sites across the country, to help them diversify their audience and to ensure new citizens are welcomed and included as equals, creating meaningful connections among all citizens. As a Member Services and Communications Manager for Ontario Arts Presenting Network, she piloted and implemented a number of initiatives, including the webinar series program, to facilitate professional development and networking among multidisciplinary arts centres in North America. Mila has also served on the Advisory Board for the Cultural Pluralism in the Arts of the University of Toronto and participated in the diversity audit for the Toronto International Film Festival. After moving to France in 2016, Mila founded L'AiR Arts, an artist-in-residence program, expanding it from a small residency at a historical artist studio in the French countryside to an international group residency in the heart of Paris.