The people guiding our organization.
Arts BC’s Board of Directors
Arts BC is a province-wide arts service organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors aims to define and advance community arts and culture development by supporting the work of arts councils, and other arts and culture organizations while providing members with information, resources and representation.
Meet the Directors
Laurel Wood | President | Pacific/South Island
Retired after a 30 year career in professional services, I now call Victoria – the magnificent traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations – home. As a collector, maker and above all appreciator of art, I am passionate about the value of art in society. As an experienced Director, I know that good governance empowers the work of members and volunteers and am committed to our progressive journey as an arts community. I am so proud to support and engage with ArtsBC as ‘We Power the Arts’.
Carol Palladino | Immediate Past-President | West Kootenays
Carol lives in Revelstoke, which is on the traditional territory of the Sinixt, the Secwepemc, the Syilx, and the Ktunaxa. She has been volunteering in the arts sector in the West Kootenays for over 20 years and has experience in programming both performance series and festivals, grant writing as well as organizational development. She believes that arts and culture are integral to the creation of happy, healthy and progressive communities. Prior to retiring, Carol was a Business Analyst with Revelstoke Community Futures for 19 years.
Currently, Carol is the Chair of West Kootenay Regional Arts Council and the Revelstoke Public Art Committee. Previously, she was the former director of Arts Revelstoke.
“It’s very satisfying to be part of Arts BC, an organization that supports the work of the cultural sector across our beautiful province.”
Doti Niedermayer | Treasurer | Southwest/Lower Mainland
Doti Niedermayer is currently the Senior Manager, Cultural Services at the District of West Vancouver. Previously, as Executive Director at Arts Whistler for 14 years, Doti oversaw numerous festivals, events, and programs including a key role in the Whistler Live Sites program for the 2010 Winter Games and cultural programs leading up to the Games from 2004-2010. Working closely with municipal government and community stakeholders, Doti was on the Steering Committee or Project Manager for the Whistler Cultural Tourism Development Strategy, Whistler Community Cultural Plan, Alliance for Cultural Tourism and the Festivals, Events and Animation Working Group.
Previously Doti worked with the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, BC Alliance for Arts & Culture, Surrey Arts Centre, ARTROPOLIS 1993, Vancouver Fringe Festival, and contracted for various Lower Mainland arts organizations and festivals.
Over the years, Doti has learned a lot about board governance, cultural planning, tourism development, financial management, grant writing, arts management, event production, programming and trying not to drown with the balancing act.
Doti was on the ArtsBC board in 2001 while at the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council. She is excited about the development of ArtsBC over the years and was honoured to be asked to rejoin the Board in 2017.
Beng Leng Tan Favreau | Secretary | Northwest
Beng deeply appreciates having the opportunity to live and learn on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Haida Nation. Beng’s day job is with Literacy Haida Gwaii where she works as its Executive Director. She has been a passionate volunteer with the Haida Gwaii Arts Council since 2007, with a strong belief in advocating for community arts and cultural development in rural communities.
She is the current President of the island’s Arts Council and has served in this capacity for six years. Prior to being the President, she was the council’s Secretary-Treasurer and served as a committee member of its Performing and Literary Arts for five years.
Beng has experience in fundraising, resource development, community service and grant writing. She has organized and oversaw numerous performance and literary series, community events and festivals. She has strong connections with Haida Gwaii’s local first nations councils, municipalities, educational, healthcare and nonprofit organizations with some extended educational and arts network across Canada.
Besides being an active member of the Haida Gwaii Arts Council, Beng is also currently a board member of the Llnagaay ‘Waadluxan Gud ad is (Haida name for Communities Together Society), a society working on building a mid-sized Performing Arts Centre in the town of Queen Charlotte, Queen Charlotte Support Services Society, Haida Gwaii Legal Project and Operation Refugees Haida Gwaii Sponsorship group.
Darin Corbiere | Director | Pacific/South Island
James Darin Corbiere is an Indigenous artist, writer and teacher from Wiikwemkong, an Indigenous community on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Darin is Anishinaabe (Indigenous people from the Great Lakes region). His spirit name is Waabshki Makwa (White Bear). Darin belongs to the Bear Clan. Darin drew upon his role as an Indigenous culture and language teacher to create “The Truth in Truth & Reconciliation” educational board game. He also created DED-C-Comics, the label producing his graphic novel and comic books series. In 2015, Darin embarked on a healing journey from church-related, childhood trauma. His technique of using ink on sculpted wood originated from a desire to connect with the spirit of each individual piece, which in turn, has a story to tell. It is in their creation that he has found a way to heal. Reconciliation is an emerging theme in Darin’s projects.
Lynda Lafleur | Director | West Kootenays
I live within the unceded traditional territories of the Ktunaxa, Lheidli T’enneh, Secwepemc, Sinixt and Syilx Nations. The cultural sector has always played a significant role in my life. Creative people make a huge difference in a community – and in the lives of individuals. I earned a degree in cultural planning in order to be able to support creativity in all its practices and to support cultural development in my work with Columbia Basin Trust. My background includes work in the public sector – Community Development (BA Political Science) ; Social Worker (BSW) and in the private sector as a manager of a shopping mall and owner of an art gallery. As a volunteer in the cultural sector I have served with boards of Arts Councils, community theatres, and Arts Health Network. I have also worked closely with several First Nations artists in BC. I look forward to serving Arts BC and its members in any way I can. I am currently serving my final year as director with Heritage BC, and live in Nakusp.
Joanne Finlay | Director | Northwest
Joanne Finlay is situated on Tsimshian traditional territory with a background in Public Administration, Life Skills and Human Relations. Since 1996 Joanne has used her skills to help Indigenous artists and organizations in Prince Rupert and the surrounding villages. This work has led to a passion and talent in arts administration and includes project planning and coordination. Joanne has helped artists with developing their bios/ artists statements and has assisted with developing their portfolios and documenting their work. She opened a small agency called Mousewoman Consultants in the summer of 2018 and has continued her work in the community.
She has raised close to one million dollars in funds for artists and community arts projects in the community for over 25 years including assisting with capital fundraising efforts.
Joanne has volunteered on non-profit Boards for over 25 years. She has recently retired from her job in education and plans on dedicating herself to the community arts in the next few years.
She is presently planning to conduct research into the needs of Indigenous artists in Prince Rupert based on and using an Indigenous strategic planning and evaluation framework model she learned while attending the Banff Centre of the Arts. Her main objective is to assist Indigenous artists to build their capacity and make community plans as a group. This project will begin in Oct 2021.
Joanne has planted herself at the grassroots level to work in community development through the arts. She hopes to one day organize a conference for local First Nations artists regarding taxes and professional development.
Ms. Finlay presently works on contract with the First Peoples Cultural Council (FPCC) as their Community Arts Outreach Worker.
McKaila Ferguson | Director | Thompson Okanagan
Living and learning on the traditional, unceded, and stolen land of the Syilx/Okanagan peoples who have resided here for thousands of years.
I have been involved with arts communities and non-profits around the world for several years. I hold a MSc in Museum Studies from the University of Glasgow and a BA in Art History from the University of Victoria.
Currently, I live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley where I am the Operations + Development Officer at the Penticton and District Community Arts Council. Past experience includes: designing touring exhibitions for a World Heritage Site; assisting with the decant and storage process of a 6,000 piece museum collection; researching for an EU-funded heritage project that changes how we interact with heritage sites; documenting and digitizing large collections; designing community outreach projects; and managing various museum and gallery collections.
Arts BC does incredible work fostering communication and collaboration within the arts scene in British Columbia, and I am thrilled to sit on their Board of Directors. Art should always be accessible to everyone and remain at the heart of every community.
Rup Kang | Director | Southwest/Lower Mainland
As a settler in Vancouver, Rupinder Kang is grateful for the opportunity to live and work on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Her work has immersed her in the world of professional communications, project management and advocacy. Rup’s appreciation for art and culture was born in the vibrant cultures of India, her ancestral home, which drive her to advocate for the arts and for those voices which have been historically underrepresented. She is an art enthusiast in every form – as a maker, collector and appreciator.
As the Communications and Program Director for the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, Rup works on province-wide award programs to celebrate the arts, specifically in the areas of First Nations art and applied art and design. Her current work combined with her past careers working in advertising and for governments has given her the experience and relationships that will support the work of the Board.
Together we can do good things for the future of arts and culture in BC.
Haley Bassett | Director | Peace-Liard
Haley Bassett is an interdisciplinary artist of Métis and Eastern European descent from Dawson Creek, BC. She was born in 1991 to cattle-rancher parents and now lives and works in Sunset Prairie, BC, which is the traditional territory of the Dene, Dane-zaa, and Cree encompassed by Treaty 8 and the Métis Homeland.
She studied painting and drawing at the Florence Academy of Art and has been mentored by Peter von Tiesenhausen, Brendan Tang, and Genevieve Robertson. In May 2020, she completed her BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University, minoring in Social Practice and Community Engagement. During her studies, she was awarded the BCAC Scholarship twice. She also received the Distinguished Award from the Juried Regional Art Exhibition and the BCAC Early Career Development Grant in 2020.
As part of her social practice, Bassett founded the Northern Arts – Community Development Program in 2019, in partnership with the Dawson Creek Art Gallery. This program is designed to alleviate barriers to artistic professional development in the Peace Region. As part of this program, she writes an arts column and organizes workshops and low-barrier art exhibitions in public venues. She became the Executive Director of the Peace-Liard Regional Arts Council in September 2021.
Bassett started out as a painter; however, her practice now includes sculpture, installation, beadwork, found objects, and textiles. Her visual work explores how time, place, family histories, and personal traumas converge as formational aspects of the self. Much of Bassett’s work celebrates the culture and landscape of the Peace Region, and she hopes to make a positive impact on northern communities by representing them authentically in her work.
Joining Our Board
Our nomination period for new Board members is currently closed.
Interested in joining Arts BC’s Board? The Arts BC Board presents candidates for election at the Annual General Meeting. The Nominating Committee makes recommendations based on experience and interest, board composition, regional representation, and principles of equity to develop a board to best serve the aims, objectives and needs of the organization.