The people behind the scenes.

Arts BC’s Team

Meet Arts BC’s small but mighty team who carry out the day-to-day work that keeps the organization running. The people that make up our team come together with a shared passion for arts and culture. While we all operate from different points across the province, we make the work we do here possible by organizing remotely and creatively.

Meet the Team

Carol Palladino Arts BC president
Elliott Hearte | Director, Programs & Services

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Elliott Hearte is a passionate Arts Consultant and Administrator with a background in equity in the arts and cultural management. Prior to returning to BC, she worked across Canada in leadership roles in the creative industry, primarily in media and digital arts. Elliott has had the privilege to work with artist run centres, festivals, distributors, equity seeking groups, and arts service organizations, across disciplines in urban and rural communities. A graduate of the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, her work in film, video and new media has shown extensively in festivals and galleries across Canada, USA, and Europe. Elliott is Vice-president of the Independent Media Arts Alliance and President of the Media Arts Alliance of the Pacific. Elliott is grateful for the opportunity to lead the important work undertaken by Arts BC. Elliott works from the stolen land of of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

Merideth Bisiker, BA, ACC | Operations Coordinator

Merideth oversees operations administration for Arts BC, including project management, membership, accounting, monthly reporting and records management. Her background as a professional coach and organizational consultant with a focus on finance and business systems supports Arts BC in translating its vision into practical strategies. Merideth makes time for music, both as a patron of local musicians and as the lead singer of a rock cover band.

Merideth’s areas of specialization include boundary-setting and leadership in the workplace, creating new financial and operational systems, budgeting, and personal development. Through her role as Financial and Data Administrator with Arts BC, Merideth has an intimate understanding of the challenges that arts administrators face, and leans on this expertise to support arts administrators and artist entrepreneurs. 

With reverence, Merideth lives on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Pentlatch speaking people of Qualicum First Nation. 

Soma Keo | Administration & Project Coordinator

Soma is responsible for administration and coordinating projects; she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics with an extended minor in French at Simon Fraser University. Soma also completed a Human Resources Management Certificate from SFU prior to going on maternity leave. She has been a busy stay-home-mom for the last few years raising her daughter and she is now very excited and eager to be involved with Arts BC. Her background as a talent and operations manager at a tech startup has taught her valuable skills. Soma and her family recently relocated from the Mainland to French Creek, BC and loving their new lives as Vancouver Islanders and all it has to offer!

She acknowledges that they are gathered on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish People, including the territories of the Snaw-Na-Was and Qualicum people.

Gavin Liang | Communications Designer

Gavin is born and raised on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Print and Digital Publishing at Simon Fraser University. Growing up as a queer Chinese settler, much of his interests centres around media representation and approaches to building inclusive and accessible initiatives through art and activism. Over the years, Gavin has been involved with several non-profits and grassroots initiatives and is excited to carry these experiences into his role at Arts BC!

Heidi Cuff | Digital Content Specialist

Heidi Cuff is a writer, educator and arts activist who currently resides in Campbell River, BC. She received her master’s degree in Educational Theatre with a Playwriting emphasis from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. Heidi has worked extensively in the nonprofit and commercial arts sectors in New York, Los Angeles, and more recently Campbell River. Heidi currently serves on the Campbell River Creative Industries Council, working with the City of Campbell River, First Nations, local businesses and the community at large to incubate and accelerate the growth of creative industries, as well as the local economy.

Heidi works for the Tidemark Theatre as the Programming and Marketing Coordinator and is also the Digital Marketing Strategist for Arts BC and Patricia Huntsman Culture + Communication.

Evie Lavers | Marketing Specialist

Evie Lavers is the owner of Rhythm Club, a full-service creative agency that specializes in training workshops and solutions for musicians, artists, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Born on the traditional land of the Nyoongar First Nations People (Perth, Western Australia) her passions are educating community-driven communications, facilitating arts administration & event coordination in support of rural communities and promoting inclusivity and systemic changes in the areas of music, arts & culture in Canada and Australia.

Evie is the co-producer of Tiny Lights Festival, works on Special Projects for Arts BC and Trainer for BC Touring Council. Recent achievements include the addition to her role as an Industry Expert to the Arts BC Insight Team; being selected as the only representative from BC to be accepted into the Canada Music Incubator Artist Manager Program in Toronto and sitting as Juror for Creative BC’s Advisory Panel. Her Colourful client partnerships in 2020 include training modules created and facilitated for Manitoba Arts Network, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, and Arts BC.

Through her practice, both in-person and online, Evie holds space to create inclusive exchanges of opportunity and accessible educational engagements for her clients and their communities alike.

Work With Us

Interested in being part of the Arts BC team and working within the arts and culture sector? Please visit our jobs board to learn about any potential openings.

Have Questions?

Are you interested in learning more or have questions about our team? Email us at [email protected] or give us a call at +1-778-410-5104.