POWERING THE ARTS
ARTS BC IS A PROVINCE-WIDE ARTS SERVICE ORGANIZATION GOVERNED BY A VOLUNTEER BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
We are a provincially incorporated not-for-profit society and federally registered charitable organization. The Arts BC Board of Directors works cooperatively with staff to further the organization’s objectives, programs, and queries.
President / West Kootenays
Carol Palladino has been volunteering in the arts sector in the West Kootenays for over 20 years. Currently the Chair of the Revelstoke Arts Council and the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council she 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.
“It’s very satisfying to be part of Arts BC, an organization that supports the work of the cultural sector across our beautiful province.”
Strategic Thinker, Connector, Visionary & Solution Driven, Artist, Creator, Visionary, Innovative Thinker & Arts Advocate. It is impossible to separate the artist from the person. Whether it is through volunteering, advocating for the arts, my attention to detail when I manage a project or when I am in my studio constructing a sculpture all these different constructs are all part of my being. I am a multi-media artist with more than 20 years experience in leadership and senior management roles in the creative field, recognized for my integrity and attention to detail. I am intuitive, engaging, with a progressive approach to project management.
I am art, therefore I am.
From a very young age I have always been creative, it never was a choice it was just who I am. My inspiration is nature with a twist. With every piece I create I want to evoke wonder and curiosity. I am interested in reaching beyond the confines of society. I do not feel constrained in my artistic vision to be mainstream. By breaking these boundaries I am more willing to be experimental. My artistic practice developed through exploration of a variety of different media resulting in experimental pieces in a variety of different forms. It is through this growth that I have found my own artistic vision and more importantly my voice!
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 she 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’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.
James Darin Corbiere
Director / Central Interior
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.
Director / Peace-Liard
Lydia Hibbing is an Artist, Musician and Arts Advocate living in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia. She is passionate about the Arts and believes that they play a pivotal role in shaping our communities. Lydia exhibits her artwork throughout Canada and currently has work on tour in Alberta. Very active musically, Lydia has achieved much in her short musical career including supporting The Sam Roberts Band, writing and recording with B.C. rapper Stretch-9 and performing regularly at GrizFest and WestMo Days. At the moment she sings and plays the keys with The Mechanical Botanicals, an acoustic duo based out of Tumbler Ridge.
In addition to her personal work Lydia is very involved within the communal arts sphere. Lydia is Vice President of the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council, Arts BC Regional Director for the Peace Liard Region, Director-at-Large for the Tumbler Ridge Community Arts Council, a member of the South Peace Art Society, a Supporting Member of The Canadian Federation of Artists and she sits on the Board of Directors for the Art Of The Peace Visual Arts Society.
Director / West Kootenays
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.
Director / Pacific/South Island
Laurel Wood, ICD.D retired from executive leadership at MNP, one of Canada’s largest national accounting firms, in 2018. Growing up in Winnipeg, raising her children in Calgary, and now calling Victoria home, Laurel is passionate about supporting her communities by supporting the organizations and the people that make them great. She is an experienced board director, innovator, builder and diversity champion. Her belief in the power of creative expression to lift us all up has led her to Arts BC, to which she is delighted to lend her talents and experience.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2021
If you are passionate about arts and culture and are interested in helping guide the future of Arts BC, please consider joining our group of dedicated, friendly volunteer board members. We welcome new board members with passion and commitment to share their experiences and perspective in a collaborative and welcoming environment. No previous Board experience necessary.
As a Board member, you will:
- Bring your ideas to the table and give back to the community
- Build new relationships
- Learn or enhance skills in governance and leadership
- Gain valuable knowledge and experience to bolster your career and CV
Board members are individuals who:
- Are passionate about arts and culture
- Support the work and purpose of Arts BC
- Wish to share their experience and perspective, and learn from others in a collaborative environment
*Experience OR interest in learning about systems change, advocacy, policy development, organization planning and development, or digital literacy is a bonus!
- Attend monthly meetings via zoom (approx. 2hrs, 10 times per year)
- Attend the Arts BC AGM via zoom (annually in June)
- Attend in-person meetings (once per year, travel expenses paid by Arts BC)
- Each term is a 2-year commitment, option to continue for a maximum of 3 terms (6 years)
Board members are not required to make a donation and committee work is optional. Arts BC has Directors & Officers Insurance.
Arts BC is focusing on Equity and anti-oppressive values to better serve, support, and reimagine the sector. We especially encourage nominees from diverse communities, including Black, Indigenous, people of color, Deaf and disability, LGBTQ2S+, age-diverse, and those living in non-urban areas.
ABOUT ARTS BC
Arts BC is a provincial advocacy, service, and education organization that supports British Columbia’s vibrant cultural sector by promoting community arts engagement and developing arts and cultural leadership in all communities. Our province-wide network includes over 350 arts councils, arts/culture/heritage organizations and agencies, artists, and creative entrepreneurs. We are a provincially incorporated not-for-profit society and federally registered charity.
- Sector Recovery
- Systems Change
- Digital Literacy
- Anti-racist and anti-oppressive change
ABOUT THE BOARD
We are a passionate and committed group of 8-10 individuals with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We live in different areas of the province; from cities to very small communities! We share a deep passion and support the people powering arts and culture in communities across BC. We volunteer to share our knowledge and experience in guiding the organization, to learn from each other, and to give back to the community.
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.
To express interest in joining the Board, please fill in the short nomination form below, or download a word version of the form here and return via email to [email protected] Please see the Arts BC Board Member Role Description and Board Recruitment Policy for more information.
We will contact selected candidates by May 31, 2021 to arrange a follow-up interview.
Arts BC’s Board Nomination Form
Below is our nomination form to join Arts BC’s Board. If you’re having trouble viewing the form on this page, please visit the following link: https://forms.gle/CJhDJC9tAhE28Rw96. For a printable copy of this form, please scroll below to download the Board Nomination form (DOC).