Sara Diamond received her post-secondary education in Canada and the United Kingdom as a social historian, communications and new media theorist and practitioner. Diamond came to the Ontario College of Art & Design from The Banff Centre, Canada's national and international premier professional development institution. Diamond began her work there in 1992 and served as the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art until 2003, and then as Director of Research for the entire Banff Centre from 2003 to 2005. She created the renowned Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) in 1995 and led this research and development centre for ten years. Diamond developed international summits and workshops that explored the near future of new media. She built alliances between artists, designers, architects, scientists, social scientists, and international and Canadian businesses. She led research teams and received significant research awards in data visualization, mobile new media content and engineering, fashion and technology, distance learning, collaborative methods and tools for collaboration, and art and technology. Diamond established new media and business development models. Diamond created and was Editor-in-Chief of www.horizonzero.ca, an on-line showcase for new media art and design, in collaboration with Heritage Canada.
Diamond taught at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, The California Institute for the Arts and remains Adjunct Professor, University of California, Los Angeles in the Design/Media Department. Diamond is a practicing artist and new media designer and new media curator. She has represented Canada in international biennials and festivals and her art and design work has won awards in Canada and abroad. Her work resides in collections such as the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She regularly contributes to scholarly journals and books, and speaks about media history and practice around the world. She has acted as a new media and arts consultant to the Ontario Government, the City of Toronto, Heritage Canada, and DFAIT, as well as international governments, institutions and agencies as diverse as China, United Kingdom, Argentina, Finland, Australia, Brazil and the USA. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Arts Council Foundation and on the advisory board of NextMedia. She is on the steering committee of CONCERT, a culture and entertainment research and development consortium. Diamond is active in several task forces on sustainability.