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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@artstarts.com

  • 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@artstarts.com

  • 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@artstarts.com

  • 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@artstarts.com

  • 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.
Elysse Cloma (she/her/hers)

Elysse Cloma (she/her/hers)

Communications Manager
Joined ArtStarts in 2020
604-336-0626 ext 109
elysse@artstarts.com

  • Elysse is a second-generation Filipino settler living on the land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
  • Elysse holds a degree in Equity Studies from the University of Toronto, but unlearning oppressive systems and learning about equity is an ongoing journey. She is passionate about capacity building, advocacy, and representation for BIPOC artists.
  • As Communications Manager, Elysse takes care of ArtStarts' digital presence, from maintaining the website, to posting on social media. She also promotes ArtStarts' programs and events.
  • Elysse has worked in the nonprofit sector in various capacities, including program coordination and communications. Her personal creative practice involves exploring identity through writing, music, and sound.
Steph Schneider (she/her/hers)

Steph Schneider (she/her/hers)

Communications and Events Assistant
Joined ArtStarts in 2021
steph@artstarts.com

  • Steph is a queer and disabled third generation white settler learning and making on the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. She studies Critical and Cultural Practices at Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a focus on social practice and creative writing.
  • Steph uses her social arts practice to build community and ways of relating to one another that resist colonial methods of knowing. She aims to create and tell stories that raise consciousness about how we are all situated and related in this world.
  • As the Communications & Events Assistant, Steph works with the Communications Manager to promote programs and enrich ArtStarts digital presence.
  • Steph is a student representative on the Emily Carr Students' Union and is an active member in equity seeking groups on campus. Her experience in these spaces have helped guide her change-making and advocacy work.
Lily Cryan (she/her/hers)

Lily Cryan (she/her/hers)

Program Manager
Joined ArtStarts in 2018
604-336-0626 ext 111
lily@artstarts.com

  • 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 works with the Director of Programs to manage the AIC, CSV, Cherniavsky, and AIECBC grant programs and redesign grant processes 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.
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@artstarts.com

  • 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.
Fegor Obuwoma (she/her/hers)

Fegor Obuwoma (she/her/hers)

Public Programs Assistant
Joined ArtStarts in 2021
778-893-5552
fegor@artstarts.com

  • Fegor is an immigrant student living and working on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She is a filmmaker and storyteller and comes from the Isoko (Dad) and Okpe (Mum) peoples of Delta State, Nigeria.
  • In Fegor’s equity journey, she is constantly learning from the people, communities around her and her own community to create more inclusive and necessary work. As well as create space for people to show up authentically.
  • As the public program assistant Fegor will assist with programming and mainly captioning.
  • Fegor is a student at Simon Fraser University, studying film production and making films she enjoys, and thinks is important. Fegor has and currently works with equity-seeking groups on campus like SOCA and SFPIRG.
Darcie Dyer (she/her/hers)

Darcie Dyer (she/her/hers)

Office Coordinator
Joined ArtStarts in 2018
604-336-0626 ext 108
darcie@artstarts.com

  • Darcie is an avid crafter living and working on Unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver. She holds a Honours Post-Graduate Diploma in Art History from UBC, and Bachelor of Arts in Art & Design from UofA.
  • Darcie is committed to continuous learning and unlearning through anti-oppression workshops and resources. At ArtStarts, supporting artists, volunteers, and the public in accessibility and equity is her priority.
  • As Office Coordinator, Darcie manages general inquires, rental program, finance including accounts payable and receivable, volunteer program, while also supporting financial development, special events, and the ArtStarts Gallery.
  • Darcie has six years of nonprofit experience in the arts and cultural sector. Working in Vancouver's museums and art galleries, she developed a diverse skill set in programming, operations, and administration. She is eager to advocate for the arts and all things creative.
Kay Slater (they/them/theirs)

Kay Slater (they/them/theirs)

Gallery Coordinator
Joined ArtStarts in 2016
kay@artstarts.com

  • 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.
Emily Clarke (she/her/hers)

Emily Clarke (she/her/hers)

Systems Change Initiative Coordinator
Joined ArtStarts in 2021
778-829-1169
emilyclarke@artstarts.com

  • Emily is a white settler who was born on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
  • Her lived experience and education are foundational to her commitment to social justice.
  • Emily is a Master of Arts in Contemporary Arts Graduate student at the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. Her creative research practice centres on creating positive change in arts education, and arts integration that is diverse, multicultural, anti-oppressive, inclusive, and accessible.
  • As the Systems Change Coordinator, Emily will focus on the culture of arts education in British Columbia and the factors that lead to art being undervalued and under-appreciated in the education system. Through consultation and collaboration, she will work towards influencing systemic change in the educational system to support integration of arts and creativity in the BC curriculum.
  • Emily is an arts industry professional, a mother of 3 young children, an active PAC executive, and an arts education advocate who is motivated by the philosophy that the arts are fundamental to education because they are fundamental to human knowledge, culture, communication, and expression. She believes every child has great potential but what they need is the opportunity. Emily thinks that an excellent, well-rounded education should include engaging in arts practice, consistently, and social and economic status should not define those opportunities.
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.