VR Leaders & Contributors
We have selected – based on their experience, past work on Systems Change, and relationship with Arts BC and our membership – peer leaders for the initial two pods, a Learning Advisor, and an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Specialist.
Merideth has over 25 years experience in banking, accounting and local government and non-profit finance. As a professional Money Coach, she specializes in building capacity and overcoming thought barriers to effective budgeting, management, and reporting. Merideth’s expertise has been invaluable to our membership through the initial stages of the COVID crisis, participating in our weekly Roundtable meetings, and responding to a multitude of member’s questions and concerns via our Arts Hotline and MasterMind FB group. Merideth’s work with Arts BC has given her an intimate understanding of our Systems Change work and strong relationships with our members.
Systems Change, Rural Arts and Festivals
Carla Stephenson is the project lead for the Rural Arts Inclusion Lab (R.A.I.L), a three-year social innovation systems change project, funded by the Vancouver Foundation. Carla has been working in small rural communities for over two decades, she is the co-founder of the Tiny Lights Festival and the Executive Director of Renascence Arts and Sustainability Society.
Carla’s true passion and focus of her recent work is systems change. We are living in complex systems that are always in a state of friction. There is inequality in the colonial systems in which we operate, with R.A.I.L she is excited to see how the creativity of the Arts sector can be leveraged to bring about larger social and cultural change.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Specialist
Kingsley has 10 years experience as a facilitator in the anti-violence and community engagement sectors focussing on organizational change and systems transformation. Kingsley has a proven record of effectively engaging diverse groups and providing a framework for understanding equity, diversity, and inclusion on an individual and organizational level.
“We know that the most impactful change always has to start on an individual level. By focusing on change from within, change in systems, institutions, and society at large will inevitably follow.”
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.
Patricia Huntsman is a two-time nationally award-winning cultural strategist who has been leading the implementation of Arts BC’s Renewal since 2016. Through listening to member’s needs, she has developed Arts BC’s Knowledge Sharing programs and services such as the annual conference, Community Cultural Forums, and Insight Team. Prior to making Vancouver Island her home, she worked nationally and internationally in senior creative industry roles. Patricia is a sought-after voice on the forefront of culture-led economic and community development in Canada. She has spearheaded Arts BC’s Systems Change work, pairing a deep understanding of BC’s arts and culture sector with expertise in arts-based community development. Patricia has a special focus on organizational assessment and planning for arts organizations stemming from her Masters in Business Administration.
Elliott Hearte is an experienced Arts Administrator who has worked with artist run centres, festivals, equity seeking groups, and arts service organizations across Canada. Elliott held the role of Co-Director at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre in Atlantic Canada prior to returning home to the West Coast. As Managing Director of Pride in Art Society she executed four editions of the multidisciplinary Queer Arts Festival and was instrumental in the creation of SUM Gallery. For the past two years Elliott has focused on equity and organizational development consulting for the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition, Moving Images Distribution, Artistic Sign Language, and more. 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 participates on numerous boards and committees dedicated to the advancement of media arts in Canada and abroad including the Independent Media Arts Alliance, and the Media Arts Alliance of the Pacific.