EPICentre is thrilled to welcome a brand new cohort of EPIC VentureWomen. Each week, we’ll be featuring a different founder or team in a series we like to call 10-for-10.
This week, Meet Domenica Mediati, founder of The Oops Box – Art Education Workshops.
If you feel magic in something, pursue it. That’s the lesson Domenica Mediati learned while working with Dr. Jennifer Willet as a Research Assistant/Coordinator at INCUBATOR Art Lab. It’s also the message that she carried with her while creating The Oops Box, a company whose mission is to offer students K-12 virtual or face-to-face curriculum-based painting classes. The classes are designed to integrate the Ontario School Curriculum with virtual guided canvas painting tutorials. “Students will gain knowledge about visual arts and how it informs many disciplines while learning painting techniques and embracing creativity…even if there is an oops!” said Domenica.
As a mixed media artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Wayne State University, Domenica has immersed herself in a world of creativity involving traditional and non-traditional mediums such as microscopy software, printmaking, drawing, soundscapes, and animation software. Although she has now become an entrepreneur, Domenica admits it was never a conscious decision but one that made the most sense in the pursuit of her goals. “I believe that art is a shared experience and becoming an entrepreneur provides me the opportunity to honestly and humbly share my love for art with others,” said Domenica “It is important to do what you love, love what you do, look outside the box, take a risk, and embrace the oops!”
Using her education and experience, Domenica was influenced by her biggest inspiration – children. “Children are the most honest and perceptive beings I know,” said Domenica “During my education, I managed a Pottery and Art Studio where I lead art workshops within grade schools, high schools, community venues. Teaching kids how to express and embrace their inner creativity is magical”. The Oops box aims to make art accessible to all students, no matter the setting, by providing resources such as art materials and unique, educational, virtual art tutorials to working parents, students, and teachers – right at their doorstep!
As a member of the EPIC VentureWomen program, Domenica along with the rest of the cohort will receive mentorship, access to workshops, industry connections, and tools and resources specific to each startup’s needs. “At the end of this program I see that my company will be ready to launch so that I can start offering packages to the community in the Fall of 2021,” said Domenica.
To learn more about The Oops Box, be sure to follow them on social media:
Facebook page: The Oops Box @oppsbox
Website coming soon.