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 / 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.
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 practicing artists and arts organizations, particularly those working in a community cultural development context
- 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 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
- Innovation in cultural development at the local level
- Systems and social change
Skills, Experience And Knowledge
- Community cultural development practices and processes
- Partnership development
- Organizational change
- Strategic planning
- Governance models and board development
- Financial management and stewardship
- Fundraising and resource development
- Government infrastructures relevant to community arts and cultural development
- Digital innovation and transformation
- Social change practices and processes
- Experience and perspective
- Cultural and ethnicity
- Gender and sexual orientation
- Geographic location
- 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
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 the many organizations and individuals that make up BC’s arts and culture ecosystem. Directors are expected to wholeheartedly support Art BC’s mandate and objectives and to contribute to their fulfillment to the best of their ability.
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 and organizations 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 members in advocating for community arts and culture and in engaging proactively in arts and culture development in their own communities and regions.
Long-term sector recovery
Digital transformation and integration within the sector
Anti-racist and anti-oppressive organizational and sectoral change
The Board meets virtually 8-10 times a year and when possible, in-person once a year. Directors sit for a two-year term, and may serve for a maximum of three terms, or six years.
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 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 the arts and culture sector 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 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 relationships and partnerships 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 cultural development
- Understands the duties and responsibilities of a director and wants to bring a unique perspective to the provincial forum
- Interest in and knowledge of community cultural development and commitment to advancing this field locally, regionally and provincially
- Understands and is committed to arts councils as critical local and regional delivery mechanisms for community cultural development in BC
- Experience in systems change, policy development, strategic thinking, organizational change is desirable
- Experience with an arts council, arts organization, or other local arts agency is desirable
- Experience with a provincial service organization is desirable
- 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