Announcing our Partnership with
Reelworld is excited to be working with Shivani Saini from Atelier Culturati in her consulting capacity. With over 25 years of media experience Atelier Culturati is one of the leading companies in Canada working with organizations to create and support projects that positively transform the human condition. Atelier Culturati creates stories and sold-out events, with an expertise in media producing, strategy and public relations. Shivani specializes in narratives that represent true equity, diversity and inclusion, and storytelling that advocates for decolonized worldviews.
Read our discussion with Shivani below:
How did Atelier Culturati start?
After being part of the producing team for a critically acclaimed and award-winning dramatic television series (Blackstone), I moved to Berlin to redefine who I was, and reconnect with my creative side. As I immersed myself in the wonderful energy of the city’s arts + culture, I became inspired to start a company that could be of service to those who create. My work combines the essence of an artist’s studio or workshop (Atelier) with those who deeply appreciate the arts (Culturati). I love working with visionaries, creative leaders and artists to tell stories that raise awareness, break boundaries and elevate the social conscious.
You've worked with a lot of production companies and arts organizations, what is the best advice you would like to share with them?
It’s important to understand that there is, and has always been, more than one worldview. If you open yourself and your periphery to take a look around, you will begin to see them. If you make an effort to understand those worldviews - in an authentic and respectful way - that’s where we can make real change. If you’re not sure how to do that, then ask.
As a woman of colour in Canada how have you navigated this industry?
It has taken me a long time to become comfortable in my own skin, and to start decolonizing. I’m proud of who I am today. I’m grateful for the BIPOC communities I’m connected to and work with. I’m excited that I can establish my presence as a woman of colour, and not simply be a token. I have a voice that’s being heard, and I as I continue to use it, it will become stronger.
What advice do you have for BIPOC creators out there?
Always remember who you are, and where you came from - your identity can be a powerful source of strength. And don’t ever stop creating!