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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

Winnie Tam (she/her/hers)

Winnie Tam (she/her/hers)

Interim Executive Director
Joined ArtStarts in 2020
604-336-0626 ext 107

  • Winnie is first generation immigrant-settler of Chinese descent from Hong Kong.
  • Her lived experience and education are foundational to her commitment to social justice.
  • As Interim Executive Director, she supports the ArtStarts team in building their capacity, resilience, and leadership skills to empower them to fulfill ArtStarts' mission. Winnie ensures that ArtStarts' strategic direction, financial and operational management, fund development, programs, and community engagement and outreach are robust and values-aligned in service of promoting the arts as essential to life and learning.
  • Through Winnie's professional experiences as an entrepreneur, arts services consultant, and organizational leader, she has dedicated her twenty year career in the arts to community building, compassionate and visionary leadership, organizational transformation, and program innovation. As a former teacher and longstanding arts education programmer, Winnie believes it is vital for young people to have access to artistic experiences in their schools and in the community that represent humanity’s multitudes of diversities.
Emily Beam (she/her/hers)

Emily Beam (she/her/hers)

Director of Administration
Joined ArtStarts in 2015 as Grants Manager
604-336-0626 ext 110

  • Emily is a white settler living on unceded Coast Salish territory. She exercises her creativity through parenting, cooking, and spreadsheets.
  • Emily has been actively unlearning our systemic norms and learning from equity advocates since 2018. She is passionate about supporting community organizations, schools, and artists to access resources and build capacity through an equity and social justice lens.
  • As the Director of Administration, Emily builds the administrative, financial and operational sustainability of the organization so that the staff can spend more time working strategically with our communities.
  • She has worked as a grantor, lender, and facilitator for various non-profits, foundations, and social enterprises
Paneet Singh (he/him/his)

Paneet Singh (he/him/his)

Director of Programs
Joined ArtStarts in 2020

  • Paneet is a Sikh-Punjabi settler living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Sto:lo nations, with a professional artistic practice in film and theatre.
  • Paneet's artistic practice as a writer/director, whose work is rooted mostly in the Punjabi-Sikh and wider South Asian community, has led to a passion for driving forward causes of social justice and amplifying marginalized voices, in both process and performance, within the arts sector.
  • As Director of Programs, Paneet provides leadership to the Programming staff and spearheads the systemic change initiative.
  • Paneet's past experience includes six years in children's arts instruction and arts administration, and an ongoing practice as a playwright and filmmaker.
Pavan Thind (she/her/hers)

Pavan Thind (she/her/hers)

Program Manager, Booking and Touring
Joined ArtStarts in 2018
604-336-0626 ext 105

  • Pavan is second-generation settler part of the Punjabi diaspora.
  • She is passionate about supporting under represented communities and committed to the process of unlearning systems of oppression through her own learning journey.
  • As Program Manager for Booking and Touring, Pavan supports and connects hundreds of artists with schools and young audiences across BC; she supports artists in our Artists on Tour Directory while managing our annual ArtStarts Showcase and Artists in Education grants for school districts.
  • After graduating with her BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University, Pavan found her way into the nonprofit sector where she worked directly with schools and young people wanting to make a difference in their communities.
Lily Cryan (she/her/hers)

Lily Cryan (she/her/hers)

Program Manager
Joined ArtStarts in 2018
604-336-0626 ext 111

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  • Lily is a white settler who grew up on Duwamish territory, colonially known as Seattle. She is a practicing emerging choreographer who immigrated to Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Territory to attend SFU and holds a BFA in Dance and Communications.
  • Lily's creative practice works with artists from all movement backgrounds and all bodies to create interactive works performed in public spaces. She is committed to continuing to learn from local artists and activists to work for a more just and accessible world.
  • Lily manages the AIC, CSV, and Cherniavsky grant programs and continually reviews grant processes with community feedback to remove barriers. She also works with the Gallery Team to design and deliver process-based activities that emphasize process over product to move away from Eurocentric definitions of “high” art.
  • Lily has worked at educational institutions and arts organizations in the Lower Mainland. She is thrilled to bring her dance, theatre, and education backgrounds together at ArtStarts to provide hands-on connection between Artists and young people.
Noal Amir (she/her/hers)

Noal Amir (she/her/hers)

Communications Manager
Joined ArtStarts in 2020
604-336-0626 ext 109

  • Noal is an uninvited guest and settler on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
  • Her experience growing up in the diaspora combined with her love of photography informs her desire to use art as a way to attend to underrepresented narratives.
  • As the Communications Manager, Noal incorporates her passion for storytelling to support program staff in building relationships with ArtStart's community of educators, artists, and families, ensuring art is an essential part of young learner's lives across so-called British Columbia.
  • She has dedicated the past seven years of her career building political campaigns, producing films, and leading non-profit communications to drive social change.
Alyssa Martens (she/her)

Alyssa Martens (she/her)

Program Manager, Public Programs
Joined ArtStarts in 2021
604-336-0626 ext 106

  • Alyssa is a Brazilian settler living as an uninvited guest on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She is a poet, community-engaged artist, and gallery curator interested in activating spaces in a way that connects audiences to land and identity. She holds a BFA in Playwriting and Directing from Concordia University and an MEd in Education for Sustainability from UBC.
  • Her work in public space activation and community-engaged arts focuses primarily on addressing themes of identity and place, eco-feminism, and climate justice.
  • As Program Manager for Public Programs, Alyssa curates experiences in the ArtStarts Gallery and Maker Space for families and young audiences that focus on inquiry-based and place-based learning opportunities. She provides leadership for ArtStarts' public programs through strategic planning.
  • She has designed arts-based education programs with Sierra Club BC, DAREarts, the Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts, Arts & Health, and Megaphone Magazine, and has been teaching performing arts and creative writing for over a decade. With a passion for public space activation, she has led creative placemaking projects with BC Culture Days and the Vancouver Park Board, and is on the board of the Vancouver Public Space Network.
Hannah Jarvis (they/them/theirs or she/her/hers)

Hannah Jarvis (they/them/theirs or she/her/hers)

Program Coordinator, Booking and Touring
Joined ArtStarts in 2018
604-336-0626 ext 102

  • Hannah is a fifth generation white settler from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh lands, emerging visual artist and a passionate lover of disco music.
  • They completed their bachelor's in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies with a Sociology minor at Simon Fraser University in 2018. Since then, Hannah has had the opportunity to continue learning from local, grassroots organizers and artists with a focus on justice and accessibility.
  • As Program Coordinator, Hannah supports artists on our touring roster to get connected with schools across the province of BC. They support with the day-to-day communication and invoicing on behalf of artists as well as our annual ArtStarts Showcase.
  • While in university, Hannah got involved in anti-violence work for feminist nonprofits in Vancouver. In doing this work, they became keenly interested in how marginalized groups can use art as a means of resistance and connection. They are so excited to be supporting artists, and ensuring that youth all over BC can gain access to the arts in meaningful ways.
Doaa Magdy (she/her/hers)

Doaa Magdy (she/her/hers)

Operations Coordinator
Joined ArtStarts in 2021

  • Doaa is a Nubian Afro-Indigenous interdisciplinary artist living on the unceded stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Doaa’s artistic practice coincides with social justice principles, and she is currently pursuing her second M.A. degree at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts.
  • As a researcher and an aspiring horror film director, Doaa’s goal is to use her research and art to connect kinship through shared stories of systemic discrimination between Black and Indigenous peoples to dismantle white supremacy together as groups who are systemically marginalized through enslavement, colonialism, or both.
  • As the Operations Coordinator of ArtStarts, Doaa manages the financial, administrative and operational 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.
Kay Slater (they/them/theirs)

Kay Slater (they/them/theirs)

Gallery Coordinator
Joined ArtStarts in 2016

  • Kay is a queer, hard of hearing, multidisciplinary artist, and colonial body living and working as an uninvited guest on occupied and stolen Coast Salish territory.
  • Kay's artistic practice explores value as it relates to expectations. They enjoy creating and maintaining accessible spaces where people can explore, try, learn, experience, and create!
  • Kay works to develop and challenge the traditional gallery experience to reflect the ever changing and ever present need for public space. Working both as a coordinator for our public programming, and as a digital creator who builds assets and outreach for families across BC, Kay is passionate about making space for hands-on, process-based learning and critical thinking for humans of all ages.
  • Kay has worked, and continues to work with multiple artist-run centres and galleries throughout Coast Salish territory. They are devoted to sharing assets and resources across organizations so that we can learn and grow together.
Ashley Bate (she/her)

Ashley Bate (she/her)

Communications and Events Assistant
Joined ArtStarts in 2021

  • Ashley is a white settler from Tkaronto / Toronto, located on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Haudenosaunee, and Wendat peoples. She is an avid dancer and lover of the performing arts, and holds a BA in Theatre Studies and Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice.
  • Ashley's studies and creative practice have led her to seek deeper understanding of how performance is informed by identity and oppression. She is grateful to be continually learning about anti-oppression and decolonization with and from her mentors and peers, and strives to help shape a more compassionate, intersectionally-equitable world.
  • As Communications & Events Assistant, Ashley works with the Communications Manager to develop and implement communications and marketing activities.
  • Throughout her time at university, she has had the opportunity to provide administrative support at a legal non-profit in Vancouver and to grow her interest in arts administration volunteering with various student-led dance and musical theatre collectives.
Our Volunteers

Our Volunteers

We are lucky to have amazing volunteers at ArtStarts! Meet a Community Art Star is a regular interview series showcasing ArtStarts' amazing group of volunteers who are passionate, enthusiastic arts champions. Learn more about volunteering with ArtStarts.
Our Board

Our Board

We are proud of our Board of Directors who are all passionate advocates for the importance of arts in education. We appreciate their dedication to this cause and to forwarding ArtStarts' mission and vision.