As Executive Director of the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council and Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Krista Patterson has over 14 years of experience in a management role in the arts, culture and heritage sector. Having developed and executed many projects (including conferences, publications and workshop series) while managing a regional arts, culture and heritage funding program, she has also been a funding adjudicator at provincial and local levels. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Krista has travelled to communities from Canada’s north to Shanghai, China, teaching jewellery, art history, professional practices and grant writing, and is also currently an Instructor at Kootenay Studio Arts, Selkirk College. Her studio experience includes the creation of one-of-a-kind jewelry and sculptural objects, production craft and design, and work on Marker of Change – The Women’s Monument project. She has received a SCOPE (Standing Committee on Professional Excellence) award from the Selkirk College Faculty Association, as well as funding, scholarship and professional development awards in continued support of her art making, teaching and administrative endeavors.
Why she chose to work in arts and culture: Possessing deep curiosity, a lot of creativity, and not much of a plan, I think maybe arts and culture chose me. I keep working in arts and culture because I love the people, the energy, and engaging in work that is inspirational, community focused and meaningful. I have met people, travelled places, learned and done things that I never would have had an opportunity to, if I were working in another field.
Her first arts and culture experience that had a big impact: I am fortunate to have parents that have a sense of adventure and encouraged my arts exploration to the fullest. My mom was always working in different craft media and my dad has a deep appreciation for music. I can’t single out one specific experience, but when I was young I would find random art events and they would indulge my curiosity; we would drive to Seattle for touring exhibits, or hit downtown Vancouver to attend art openings, auctions, concerts or theatre productions – we were always open to seeing something new.