We’ve walked in your shoes.
WE KNOW THE CHALLENGES THAT COMMUNITY ARTS AND CULTURE LEADERS FACE ON A DAILY BASIS. MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE HELP SOLVE PROBLEMS.
Arts BC is backed by a team of experts who have been powering the arts for decades, and by emerging leading lights in our industry.
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.
Account Manager, Shaw Sabey & Associates.
Jamie is a graduate of UBC with a commerce degree and spent several years as Shaw Sabey’s Claims Coordinator. He developed a deep understanding of the claims process, advocating for clients interests and working closely by their side from start to finish. This experience provided a great foundation of industry and technical insurance knowledge, before moving on to his next role, managing several provincial non-profit insurance programs. Jamie has been managing Arts BC’s insurance program since 2014 with a continued focus on making insurance as easy, informative, and affordable as possible for its members.
Dave Pollard, CA, CPA, retired from paid work in 2010, after 35 years as an advisor to small enterprises, with a focus on sustainability, innovation, knowledge management and understanding complexity. He is currently volunteering as Treasurer of the Bowen Island Arts Council, and was the Chair of the Steering Committee, and principal author, of the new Bowen Island Cultural Plan.
Areas of focus in his career: risk management, innovation, knowledge management and board governance.
Hobbies and passions: He is a long-time student of our culture and its systems, of history and of how the world really works, and has authored the blog How to Save the World for over ten years. His book Finding the Sweet Spot: The Natural Entrepreneur’s Guide to Responsible, Sustainable, Joyful Work was published by Chelsea Green in 2008. He is one of the authors of Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings, published in 2012. He is a composer of poetry, short stories and music, and is working on a collection of short stories about the world two millennia from now.
Jeanne LeSage, LeSage Arts Management, CHRL, MBA
Jeanne has a 25+ year career in arts management, starting as a stage manager working across Canada; 10 years at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) first in Theatre Operations followed by starting TIFF’s first Human Resources department; 6 years in international arts projects including the Arts Management Fellowship at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Managing Producer of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Deputy CEO of the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman; and then acting as Executive Director of the Kay Meek Centre for Performing Arts, a multi-disciplinary presenting centre in West Vancouver. Jeanne is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), holds an MBA in Management Consulting, and has launched the LeSage Arts Management consultancy in Toronto with a focus on Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategy, and Facilitation. She is pleased to serve as a board member for Volcano Theatre, Department of Imaginary Affairs, and S.M.Arts Stage Managing the Arts.
Merideth Bisiker, B.A., is a professional coach and organizational consultant with a career focus on finance and business systems. She supports company leaders by translating their visions into practical strategies and supports team member communication while they put these strategies into practice. Merideth’s professional experience includes retail banking administration, private professional accounting, local government finance, and training professional coaches.
She lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia with her family and makes time for music, both as a patron of local musicians and as the lead singer of a rock cover band. She is also involved in local film as treasurer of Hub City Cinema Society, as a “film mom,” and, most recently, fulfilling the role of producer on an upcoming documentary.
Ken Blackburn, BFA, MFA | Director, Campbell River Arts Council, www.crarts.ca Campbell River, BC: Ken is a visual artist and works across a wide range of mediums, including drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, video and performance. Through his work, Ken explores the relationship of contemporary art to current social issues. As the Director of the Campbell River Arts Council, he is currently leading an effort to see local art become an integrated part of the new Campbell River Hospital.
Administration & Programming
Strategic Planning & Organizational Assessment
Patricia Huntsman is a Cultural Development and Communications consultant. Prior to making Vancouver Island her home, Patricia worked nationally and internationally in senior roles in the creative industry. As a member of a growing field of cultural management professionals in North America, Patricia Huntsman is a sought-after and respected voice at the forefront of culture-led economic and community development in Canada. Patricia is recognized for her intuitive, engaging, and dedicated client-centered approach. She holds an M.B.A. and B.A. from the University of New Brunswick, and a diploma in French Studies from the Sorbonne. Her British Columbia-based consultancy offers a full roster of management, planning and communication services tailored to building communities through culture. An avid supporter of visual and performing arts, she has served as a director on notable boards across Canada, including Opera Lyra Ottawa and the University of New Brunswick. She is a member of the professional association Arts Consultants Canada, the Creative City Network and the Canadian Museums Association. www.patriciahuntsman.com
Fundraising & Development
Sandra Thomson has worked in the performing arts industry for over forty years specializing in organizational development and fundraising.Sandra was responsible for creating and implementing the strategic plan that raised $13 million and built the Port Theatre in Nanaimo. Sandra was General Manager of the Port Theatre from 2001-06 during which time her programming of “Port Presents” events won both a national and a provincial award for excellence. During her career she has served on numerous boards. She conducts workshops for non-profit groups throughout BC on board development, strategic planning, volunteer management, sponsorship and fundraising. www.sandrathomson.ca
Arts Education & Social Well-Being
Dr. Sharon McCoubrey has succeeded in integrating two of her passions in her work, education and community arts. Sharon is an Associate Professor with a specialization in art education in the Faulty of Education at UBC, Okanagan campus. She has served as Acting Dean, Associate Dean and is currently Coordinator of Community Engagement. She obtained her Bachelor of Education and Master of Education Degrees from the University of Victoria and her Doctorate Degree from UBC, all in art education. She has been the recipient of Excellence in Art Education Awards from the BC Art Teachers Association, the Canadian Society for Education through Art, and the National Association for Education through Art (USA). She has also been presented with the Order of Lake Country for her work in Public Art, the BC Achievement Award, the UBC Alumni Outstanding Faculty Community Service Award, and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for her professional and community work. She is the author of several art education resource books, and was Editor of the BC Art Teacher’s Association Journal For Art Teachers for 12 years. Sharon has written numerous articles, and given many Conference presentations at the Provincial, National and International levels. Sharon’s areas of research include many aspects of art education and public art, teacher education, intergenerational learning, early learning, creativity, and aboriginal education. She served as President of the Canadian Society for Education through Art, and is Vice-Chair of the Central Okanagan Foundation. www.lakecountryartgallery.ca
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.
Deb Beaton-Smith started Beat Music Management 14 years ago to provide Artist and Event Management services. Beat Music is a full service company that provides skilled, well organized management, with a resourceful and innovative approach. Deb is experienced with large-scale events, music festivals, and artist services.
Beat Music has managed artists to build careers and take them to the next level, as well as sharing knowledge through one-on-ones and conference panels. Previous roster artists showcased at CMW, JunoFest, Canadian Blast (LA), NXNE, BOW, New Music West, and were nominated for Canadian Folk Music and WCMA Awards.
Artist Services have included:
- Booking shows/tours
- Booking Festival/Showcases
- Representing artists at showcasing events
- Development of tour strategies and logistics
- Guiding artistic development and elevating artist profiles
- Publicity and promotion
- Song placement
- Recording ideas, support and costs
- Grant writing
- Promotional materials
- Royalty administration services
- Contract negotiations
- Building a strong team
- Long term planning
Event Management contracts have including:
- Director and Curator, of Rifflandia Gathering Conference 2018
- Producer, Juno Career Days Victoria
- Sr. Project Manager, New Year’s Eve 150 Kick-off Event
- Sr. Project Manager, Victoria’s 11 day Canada 150 events
- Facilitator/Coordinator, Rifflandia 2017’s Industry Event
- Project Manager, Canada Day Victoria 2016
- Host Chair and Co-Producer, BreakOut West 2015
- Head of Rifflandia Festival Artist Relations for 9 years
- Head of Rock the Shores Artist Relations for 3 years
- Producer, Market Square Summer Concert Series
- Event Programme Manager, Canada Day 2012 and BC Day 2012
- Logistics Manager, 2010 Organic Island’s Festival
- Artist Merchandise Manager, 2010 Olympic Surrey site
Deb Beaton-Smith is a FACTOR Juror, was on the Board of Music BC for 4 years and a Juno Judge in 2015 and 2016. Deb continues to look forward to supporting BC music, events and musicians, with a broader focus on creating opportunities, education and public awareness.
Rhythm Club is a full-service digital marketing agency that specializes in educational workshops and solutions for forward-thinking individuals, creative businesses & non-profit organizations. Built on the concept that a bit of experienced advice provides you with tools to spend less time promoting your art, more time for the fun stuff… honing your craft and dreaming bigger. Simply put – we hack growth, explode culture, and catalyze conversions in real-life, interactive workshops!
With 7 years of success in large-scale live events, Zan specializes in developing the online narratives of creative companies to increase sales, create community engagement and promote brand recognition. Zan’s creative and connective campaigns have sold over 100,000 tickets internationally in the live event space. She currently works with Bass Coast Festival (British Columba), Sonic Bloom Festival (Colorado) and consults breakthrough artists with experimental music label MalLabel Music.
Evie is an innovative arts administrator from Australia, with over 6 years of experience, delivering online communications, strong social media campaigns & niche art & culture event services. After completing her Advanced Diploma in Music Business from CMIT Perth, Western Australia, she developed skills & relationships to produce large outdoor music events. Evie is currently the Marketing Coordinator for Island Mountain Arts (ArtsWells Festival), is the Assistant ED for Tiny Lights Festival (Ymir) and is a Trainer for BC Touring Council.
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