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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

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
The ArtStarts Gallery is closed for most of January and February as we install a new exhibition of young people's art! But there are still lots of chances to come visit!

Watch Navida's talk at PechaKucha Night Vancouver.
Navida Nuraney

Navida Nuraney

Executive Director
604-336-0626 ext 107
navida@artstarts.com

Ask me about: The diversity of my professional and academic experiences have aligned in my leadership role at ArtStarts. The combination of my MBA from the Sauder School of Business and previous academic training in digital arts, architecture and social sciences, manifests in a fusion of both the art and business genes. I value the opportunity to impact the careers and professional growth of my team — together we have fostered a creative work environment that encourages us to practice what we promote. The arts truly are an essential part of life and ultimately help us better understand the world and better understand ourselves.

Lia Dicicco

Lia Dicicco

Director of Finance and Administration
604-336-0626 ext 104
lia@artstarts.com

Ask me about:
  • Financial administration
  • Our charity's information
  • District billing service
  • Invoices and payments
I am proud to have been a part of the ArtStarts team for over seven years, and I am dedicated to providing leadership to the organization to fulfill our mission. I believe all young people should have equal opportunity for artistic experiences and I am proud that we promote art and creativity among BC's young people living in rural, urban or remote communities. I am fortunate to combine my 15 years of experience in business management, including work for not-for-profits, with 10 years of committee work with BC schools to support a cause that I believe in.
Siobhan Rich

Siobhan Rich

Communications Manager
604-336-0626 ext 109
siobhan@artstarts.com

Ask me about: ArtStarts' aim to promote art and creativity in young people is something that resonates deeply with me. Countless studies show the benefits of embracing creativity — and it also just makes life sweeter. As an avid crafter/maker, I am always dreaming up new projects, keen to experiment with different materials and techniques. I feel fortunate to be a part of an organization that ignites and fosters a passion for the arts, and privileged to work with such a vibrant, engaged team. With a background in publishing, marketing and design, I am excited to apply my skills to spread the word about ArtStarts and the amazing programs and resources we continue to build.
Andrea Robin

Andrea Robin

Development Manager
604-336-0626 ext 108
andrea@artstarts.com

Ask me about: Every member of the ArtStarts team is an advocate for creating access to excellent quality arts education. Beginning as a volunteer in 2015, I am privileged to assist in bringing opportunity and tools to the many young learners who are positively impacted by ArtStarts. With a background in Fine Art and further studies in Neuroscience, my contribution is grounded in a desire to understand the transformational impact of integrated learning. I am inspired every day to see curiosity ignite, ideas connect, and momentum build in our community and across BC because of ArtStarts.
Rekha Pavanantharajah

Rekha Pavanantharajah

Program Manager
604-336-0626 ext 103
rekha@artstarts.com

Ask me about: My role at ArtStarts is dynamic and continues to grow. Coming from a background in Sociology, I whole heartedly understand the role that the arts play in our society and the significance of being exposed to the arts at an early age. ArtStarts is an organization that mobilizes theory into practice. I love working with ArtStarts because I still continue to feel the excitement and commitment I had on my very first day.
Juliana Bedoya

Juliana Bedoya

Gallery Manager
604-336-0626 ext 105
juliana@artstarts.com

Ask me about: As a visual artist I am committed to giving a voice to the visions and ideas of the communities I interact with. As an art educator I have a keen interest in community art projects that affect social change. I am passionate about ArtStarts' mission and programs and believe the arts help young people develop not only their own artistic skills and cultural understanding, but also encourages the development of creative problem solving that can be applied to other aspects of life.
Elfred Matining

Elfred Matining

Program Manager
604-336-0626 ext 106
elfred@artstarts.com

Ask me about: I believe that nurturing creativity in young people is one of the most important duties of a society. I love seeing art in practice. When I was 12 and a new immigrant to Canada, my school sent me to partake on an art residency with sculptor Joe Fafard. That time spent was a truly creative and formative catalyst in my life. It allowed me to extend my ideas of what art is and does, and for the first time said out loud, "I want be an artist when I grow up". I love being a part of an organization that on a regular basis engages young people on the values of the arts.
Laura Aliaga

Laura Aliaga

Grants Manager
604-336-0626 ext 110
laura@artstarts.com

Ask me about: As a lifelong explorer of the arts, I am extremely proud to be part of a team that believes artistic programming should be accessible to all. Since completing my studies in Art History and Art Education at the University of British Columbia, I have had the pleasure of working in various schools, arts spaces and with the enormously talented volunteers and staff at ArtStarts. Working within a community framework, I am amazed by how much excitement and expression that artistic creation can inspire in all of us. I love exposing young learners to various art forms and witnessing the limitless possibilities for hands-on learning and social impact through the arts!
Nargis Dhirani

Nargis Dhirani

Program Coordinator
604-336-0626 ext 102
nargis@artstarts.com

Ask me about: As an interdisciplinary artist, yoga instructor and educator, I am passionate about promoting creativity and wellness through yoga and art. My experience of being guided and inspired by phenomenal teachers throughout my youth has allowed me to be the artist and educator I am today. To be a part of an organization that promotes the importance of Arts in education is fulfilling beyond words for me. I believe in the strength that art holds and the power it can bring to a community to grow.
Kay Slater

Kay Slater

Gallery Coordinator
kay@artstarts.com

Ask me about: I am proud to be a multidisciplinary artist in Vancouver. Each art space brings new challenges for me to consider the best solutions for the artwork and the audience. I’m proud to join ArtStarts where their core values, diversity and accessibility, overlap with mine. The organization and community inspire me. People of all ages and abilities can engage with the arts! In my fine art practice I explore value, perception, time, the act of playing and the discarded. I love language and the art of communication. J'ai hâte de vous recevoir une fin de semaine lorsque je suis au bureau.
Krista Cameron

Krista Cameron

Gallery Coordinator
krista@artstarts.com

Ask me about: In all my experiences in the not-for-profit sector it is evident to me how instrumental the arts are in connecting us all. I am in awe of the countless variations and expressions created through the arts. Give a paintbrush to a child and the possibilities become tenfold. I am thrilled to be a part of ArtStarts because children are the future of societal connections and by infusing education with art we are nurturing stronger communities. My background is in pre-professional ballet training, exploration in various forms of dance and through painting. I am currently taking my MEd in Art for Social Change at SFU and have a BA in Human Geography. Being a Gallery Coordinator for ArtStarts means being a part of team who are embodying the value of this work. I am overjoyed to be here.
Emily Beam

Emily Beam

Grants Manager
On parental leave until Summer 2017. Please contact Grants Manager Laura Aliaga.

Growing up I was actively involved in performing arts. It helped me learn who I was, what I was capable of, how to process my surroundings and how to express myself as an individual. As an adult, my role has migrated to that of audience member, supporter and weekend crafter. I am so fortunate to be part of the ArtStarts team and know that my work is supporting creativity and learning in young people across BC. I bring to ArtStarts years of experience granting and lending to non-profit organizations.
Tom Fijal

Tom Fijal

ArtStarts Showcase Production Manager
tomfixx@whidbey.com

Tom Fijal is a freelance Production Manager who has been working in the arts and entertainment industry for over 25 years. After touring North America and beyond with theatre and dance productions, and marvellous musical artists Fred Penner, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Al Simmons and others, Tom settled in Vancouver where he works locally and regionally, producing events large and small. From 200-seat clubs to arenas and outdoor concerts for 40,000, he brings to the task an enthusiasm for making experiences special, and strives to facilitate the best possible relationship between artist and audience. Tom has produced the ArtStarts Showcase since 1996, and touts it as one of his favourite events.
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. Learn more about how you can get involved.