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.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AIMS TO:
- Define and advance community arts and culture development through arts councils and other community-based organizations;
- Provide member arts councils and agencies with information, resources, and representation.
PRESIDENT- Director-at-large – Salt Spring Island
board member since May 2013
president since April 2014
Until her relocation to her home island of Salt Spring in January of 2015, Kathy Ramsey was the owner-operator of the Gabriola Artworks gallery on Gabriola Island, establish in 1996. Founding member and board member of the Gabriola Arts Council in 1997, founder of the Gabriola Studio Tour in 1997, President of the Gabriola Arts Council from 2005-2013, during which time she was the chair of the inaugural Gabriola Theatre Festival and the chair of the inaugural Isle of the Arts Festival. Thanks to a generous bequest, Ramsey was also the champion of the Kitty J. Heller Healing Power of the Arts program – an art, music and drama therapy program based on the belief that the creative process and self-expression can help people develop insight into their situations —mental, emotional and physical. During her tenure as president, the Gabriola Arts Council grew to include over 10% of the community’s population as members, received a donation of land and a building – the current home to the solar-powered Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre operated by the Gabriola Arts CouncilIn 2012, Ramsey was recognized as a Community Art Champion for BC. A President’s Legacy fund was established in her honour upon her retirement from the Gabriola Arts Council board in 2014.
In the past 5 years, Kathy Ramsey was chair and committee member of the 2014, 2015, 2016 and the 2017 ArtsBC annual conference, and chaired the National Community and Campus Radio Conference in 2010. Prior to 1996, Kathy was a reporter for the Vancouver Sun newspaper.
Kathy currently is the owner-operator of two successful retail pharmacies and the ownermanager of two commercial properties on Salt Spring Island.
ArtsBC Director: Indigenous Outreach and Support
Conference Committee Member: Dec. 2015 – present
Local Community Host for Conference 2017
board member since March 2016
Of Mi’kmaq aboriginal heritage, Mark Penney has been a practicing artist since an early age. After a successful commercial arts career, working in a variety of applied graphic arts, design and marketing Penney has also worked in fine art reproduction and digital printmaking.
Penney is currently the founder and operator of the fine-art Mark Penney gallery in Ucluelet. Arts BC’s first director for Indigenous Outreach and Support, Penney, with future support from Arts BC’s Insight Team’s Indigenous Arts Engagement Advisor, provides culturally appropriate support for aboriginal arts organizations and communities and works to increase positive partnerships, at both board-level and at membership-level, between and within both aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities.
President of Pacific Rim Arts Society during a time of transition, Penney has been involved in the rapid evolution, expansion and marketing of contemporary arts programming. Penney has been a very active member volunteer with Arts BC’s conference committee in 2015-16 prior to joining the board in spring 2016, as the Pacific Rim Arts Society will be the local host for Arts BC’s annual conference in 2017.
ArtsBC Director: Vancouver Island North
Conference Committee Member: Dec. 2015 – present
Local Community Host for Conference 2017
board member since March 2016
Francophone Jacqueline Chamberland has been the Executive Director for the Pacific Rim Arts Society in Ucluelet, BC for the past 6 years. Chamberlain has been a very active member volunteer with Arts BC’s conference committee in 2015-16 prior to joining the board in spring 2016, as the Pacific Rim Arts Society will be the local host for Arts BC’s annual conference in 2017.
A former high-school teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Chamberland taught courses in both French and English including literature and entrepreneurship. She also excelled in engaging youth in large-scale theatrical projects aimed at developing youth leadership skills. A former president of a rural Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, Chamberland has also volunteered as the treasurer for 7 years for Association des Enseignants et Enseignantes Franco-Manitobains, a local teacher’s union in Winnipeg, Manitoba and volunteered on Manitoba province-wide professional development committee for teachers.
board member since May 2016
Current Chair of the Revelstoke Arts Council (www.revelstokeartscouncil.com), Carol began her volunteer career in the arts in 1996 starting with re-incorporating and energizing the local arts council which now has 2 part-time staff and presents a performance series, a summer street festival (65 nights of free music in Revelstoke’s Grizzly Plaza) and manages the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre.
She is also current Chair of the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council (WKRAC) serving Arts Councils with organizational capacity issues, professional development for artists in the region, publishing Articulate Magazine as well the Kootenay Festivals brochure. WKRAC administers the cultural funding programs for the Columbia Basin Trust through the CKCA – Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance. Carol spent 8 years as a member of the CKCA in its early days as it was developing the funding delivery model that seems to have stood the test of time.
A founding member of the Revelstoke Visual Arts Society – she lead the process to turn the old RCMP station into a public art gallery. Currently this space is home to the pottery guild, a community wood shop, various artists’ studios, a full season of exhibitions and most recently the addition of community gardens and a new public art sculpture.
Carol is a current member of the Revelstoke Public Art Committee
Retired from a career in community economic development (Business Analyst with Revelstoke Community Futures), when she finds the time, she is a dedicated world traveler.
Director: Central Interior
board member since April 2014
vice-president since April 2015
Currently working as Executive Director of the Island Mountain Arts Society in Wells, BC, Julie has been studying, working and organizing in the arts for the last eighteen years. Passionate about finding ways to celebrate and promote artists, she has helped to create two award-winning festivals, both featuring a range of artistic mediums from performance to visual arts: the Art Matters Festival at Concordia University in Montreal (where she also received her BFA in Art History in 2001), which won the province-wide Forces Avenir Award for best university project in the arts for its first season and is now going into its 15th season; and the ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art, which began in 2004 and is now the largest arts event in the Cariboo with over 2000 people converging in Wells on the August Long Weekend each year.
Along with the ArtsWells Festival, Island Mountain Arts runs a Public Gallery, School of the Arts,which includes the Toni Onley Artists’ Project and the International Harp School, and the a new Artist-In- Residence program. Julie graduated with an Interdisciplinary MFA from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan in 2013 and her thesis project, a creative non-fiction novel called the Grande Dames of the Cariboo, was published by Caitlin Press that same year. Julie is proud to sit on the board of directors for ArtsBC and Folk Music Canada.
ArtsBC Director: Northwest
board member since May 2012
Since 2002 Astrid Egger has been the Northern Health’s Team Leader for mental health and addictions. She is currently the vice-president of the Haida Gwaii Arts Council and an adopted member of the Cumshewa clan. Egger is fluent in both English and German.
ArtsBC Director: Peace-Liard
board member since May 2016
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.
The following presents criteria used by Arts BC to develop a board of directors to best serve the aims, objectives and needs of the organization. Ideally the composition of the board will reflect the following:
Contacts And Connections
- With arts councils and other local agencies
- With potential business and corporate partners who have invested in their communities and who potentially share our organizational goals
- With business and professional organizations where potential funding and other partnerships can be developed
- With practicing artists and arts organizations, particularly those working in a community cultural development context
- With educational organizations and institutions
- With health care organizations and institutions
- With other organizations in the not-for-profit sector
- With governments and government institutions at municipal, regional, provincial and federal levels
Interests And Passions
- Community-based art
- Professional arts practice
- Innovative partnerships
- Community service
- Innovation in cultural development at the local level
- Social change
Skills, Experience And Knowledge
- Partnership development
- Organizational change
- Strategic planning
- Meeting management
- Governance models and board development
- Financial management and stewardship
- Fundraising and resource development
- Government infrastructures relevant to community arts and cultural development
- Community cultural development practices and processes
- Social change practices and processes
- Comfort with risk-taking
The Nominating Committee is responsible for recommending a board that will advance the organization for the benefit of all members. In assessing nominations, the committee will use the Board Composition Scan and Recruitment Policy. Please refer to the Director Job Description as you think about potential nominees.
- Expectations and Benefits for Directors
- Board Composition
- Director Selection Criteria
- Board Job Description
- Board Recruitment Policy
Directors at large:
EXPECTATIONS AND BENEFITS
Board directors serve as the public trustees of a provincial advocacy, service and education organization with a mandate to advance community arts and cultural development through supporting the activities of community and regional arts councils and other community based organizations.
Our objectives are:
to provide leadership, information, training and resources.
to encourage and advance the development of arts and cultural activities delivered by local and regional arts councils as an integral part of healthy communities.
to contribute to policy development at the local, regional and provincial levels of government that acknowledges and supports the contribution of arts and culture.
to work in partnership with our arts council members in advocating for community arts and culture and in engaging proactively in arts and culture development in their own communities and regions.
Directors are expected to wholeheartedly support the Art BC’s mandate and objectives and to contribute to their fulfillment to the best of their ability.
The board is made up of:
ten regional directors representing the following regions of British Columbia: Capital Region/South Vancouver Island, Pacific Region/North Island, Greater Vancouver, Southwest, Thompson Okanagan, Central Interior, West Kootenay, East Kootenay, Peace Liard, Northwest.
two at large positions
two positions appointed at the discretion of the Board of Directors
the immediate past president
Directors sit for a two-year term, and may serve for a maximum of three terms, or six years.
At present the board meets in person once a year in Vancouver in addition to the annual general meeting. At the call of the president, the board also meets by teleconference 6-8 times a year.
Opportunities For Involvement
Art BC’s strategic planning is ongoing. The current focus is on the following:
Advocacy: promoting awareness of community arts and cultural development at the local, regional and provincial level and advocating on behalf of our membership and those working to further the principles and practices of community arts and cultural development.
Communication: developing networks, information exchanges and other communication resources between artists, arts administrators, volunteers and the public to foster awareness, skills and understanding of community arts and their contribution at all levels to community development.
Education and training: assisting those working in community arts and cultural development to increase their own skills and capacities and to develop the resources and capacities of the larger community through sharing experiences, knowledge, information and expertise.
Programs and services: supporting planning, programs and initiatives that build capacity and develop resources for community arts and cultural development in British Columbia.
Directors are invited to participate in any one or more of the above focus areas. Work in any of these areas is conducted on an ongoing basis with programs developed to support specific initiatives.
Serving on the board provides opportunities for building partnerships at the community level which often extend beyond traditional networks.
DIRECTOR SELECTION CRITERIA
Qualifications sought in directors:
- Supports the purpose and strategic initiatives of Arts BC and its role as a leader in community arts and cultural development
- Understands and is committed to arts councils as critical local and regional delivery mechanisms for community cultural development in BC
- Interest in and knowledge of community cultural development issues and committed to advancing this field locally, regionally and provincially
- Understands the duties and responsibilities of a director and wants to bring a unique perspective to the provincial forum
- Experience with an arts council or other local arts agency is desirable
- Experience with a provincial service organization is desirable
- Experience in policy development, strategic thinking, organizational change, facilitation processes
- Able to participate assertively in the deliberations of the board
- Able to devote the time and effort necessary for the good governance and betterment of Arts BC