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The ArtStarts team is driven by the fact that the arts are essential. We are committed to serving communities across British Columbia, continuously improving our programs and offerings, and exploring what is possible when young people engage in arts-based learning.

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ArtStarts in Schools
808 Richards Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6B 3A7 (map)

Phone: 604-336-0626
Toll-free: 1-855-292-7826
Fax: 604-683-0501

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4:30pm
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

**We're currently working remotely and closed for renovations***
A hand drawn map of the location of the ArtStarts Gallery in downtown Vancouver
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Jules André-Brown (he/him/his)

Co-Director, Programming
Joined ArtStarts in 2023

  • Jules is a father, musician, and scholar passionate about equity. He and his family live in Saanich, which is within the territories of the lək ̓ ʷəŋən peoples represented by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and the W̱ SÁNEĆ peoples.
  • As a musician, Jules has been active in producing events, radio, and music in Vancouver. He's also a visual artist working in collage and photography. Jules’ recent graduate thesis explores how young people see the future of arts and culture organizations.
  • As Director of Development, Jules leads ArtsStarts in building development strategies. As the Co-Director, Jules co-leads the executive oversight of the organizational strategy, financial oversight, and management.
  • Jules' past experience includes working as a leadership and governance consultant. He has helped arts, culture, and heritage organizations explore purpose and trust. Jules is a founding member of the International Leadership Association’s Arts community. He has served on many arts and culture organizations like the Space Blanket Society, CiTR radio and Discorder magazine. In addition, Jules has worked in social services and in the advocacy for people with disabilities.r.
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Heather Campbell (she/her/hers)

Co-Director, Administration
Joined ArtStarts in 2022
604-336-0626 ext 110

  • Heather is a 4th generation white settler living as an uninvited guest on the unceeded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) and Qayqayt (Kay-Kate) Nations. She is a musician who has toured all over Turtle Island, and was the co-owner of a Winnipeg-based independent record label and music publishing company for 13 years. Heather holds degrees in psychology, philosophy, and gerontology from SFU. She also likes to craft things with needle and thread.
  • Having worked for a number of years in community mental health, specifically in the DTES, Heather has been an advocate for individuals marginalized by the intersection of poverty, addiction, homelessness, mental and physical illness, law enforcement, isolation, gender and sexuality, and many other factors. She continues on a life-long journey to learn about equity, cultural humility, and anti-oppression, and endeavours to deploy those learnings both at work and in her personal life.
  • As Co-Director, Administration, Heather is part of the shared leadership team at ArtStarts. Her focus is on providing leadership to the organization in the areas of finance and operations. She shares responsibility for strategic development, governance, and supporting the mission, vision, and values of ArtStarts with the leadership team..
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(ON LEAVE) Kamana Ntibarikure (she/her/hers)

Manager, Communications & Development
Joined ArtStarts in 2022
Currently on parental leave

  • Kamana is a Burundian-Canadian interdisciplinary artist living on the unceded stolen lands of the Stz'uminus & Coast Salish Peoples. Kamana's artistic practice coincides with social justice principles.
  • As the Communications & Development Manager of ArtStarts, Kamana manages the communications and supports the development aspects of the organization, and she is committed to being an active part of ArtStarts mission of decolonizing our current knowledge systems within an inclusive anti-oppressive framework.
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Dana Lopez ( she/her/hers)

Program Coordinator, Booking and Touring
Joined ArtStarts in 2024

  • Ask me about: Block booking, Artist Directory, and school performance/workshop bookings.
  • Dana (She/her) is a Colombian migrant living in the unceded, ancestral and traditional territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She is an Industrial Designer and has a Diploma in Business Communications. Dana has acknowledged the arts as a tool for education. She is an animal lover and enjoys simple pleasures as food, nature and sports.
  • As a part of her anti-oppression principles, Dana has the vision that everyone deserves to be heard and valued and she practices that in her personal and work life. Working at ArtStarts has significantly helped her to continue her learning journey on Equity.
  • As a Program Coordinator, Dana provides support to the Program Manager in the Booking & Touring Department. She is responsible for all stages of the booking process of artist performances and workshop activities in schools throughout BC.
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Peisen Ding (he/him/his)

Part-Time Program Coordinator, Residency and Public Programs
Joined ArtStarts in 2022

  • Ask me about: Artists in residence (Surrey and Kootenay Lake), weekend family programming, and touring exhibitions.
  • Peisen is a Chinese immigrant and queer artist living on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.
  • Equity has always occupied an important role in Peisen's work. For example, his art practice mainly focuses on exploring queer identity and social issues through his lived experience as a gay immigrant. He believes it is meaningful to deliver love, care, and courage to people who are also immigrants to Canada, and/or from the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Moreover, working at ArtStarts has significantly helped him to continue his learning journey of equity and anti-oppression.
  • As a Program Coordinator, Peisen works with the Public Program Manager and Gallery Coordinator to support and develop in-person and online workshops, exhibitions, events, and resources for artists, teachers, and local communities.
  • Apart from being an artist, Peisen also worked as an art teacher at several schools and communities in the past. He is honoured to work at ArtStarts because it not only enables him to encounter diverse forms of art and meet different artists, but also offers him opportunities to facilitate workshops and work on educational programs and resources.
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Izzy Data (she/her/hers)

Program Coordinator, Grants
Joined ArtStarts in 2022

  • Ask me about: Grants
  • Izzy is a Chilean-Polish settler residing as an uninvited guest on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, majoring in Visual Arts and minoring in Curatorial Practices. Izzy is an animal lover, a creative being, and loves to explore cultures through food and music. 
  • Izzy has had the privilege to learn and work alongside mentors and peers that have allowed her to further recognize, understand and actively attempt to unlearn the systems of colonialism that are built into the structures of her communities and own life. She has prioritized learning, listening, and applying knowledge that stems from anti-oppression framework to both her professional and personal experiences. She advocates for all individuals that have been marginalized by the systems of colonialism and advocates for accessibility to housing, community, creative liberty, education, and inclusive safe spaces for all. 
  • As a Program Coordinator, Izzy provides support to the Program Manager of Grants. Izzy mainly focuses on daily facilitations of the grants program, but also participates in assessment meetings and keeps note of community feedback to contribute to the continuous growth and development of our grants program to make sure artists and schools needs are reflected in our processes.
  • Izzy is grateful for the experience to be a part of the ArtStarts team and continues to practice ways that she can actively serve her communities through her position. ArtStarts aligns with Izzy's values to make art and creative experiences accessible to all young learners and give opportunities to young art practicioners.