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October 29, 2018

Welcome to our New Office Coordinator, Darcie Dyer!

Our team is growing so we want to welcome Darcie Dyer, our new Office Coordinator to ArtStarts! She is fulfilling a mighty and multifaceted roll including managing our amazing volunteers, coordinating facility rentals, helping the public with general queries about ArtStarts and so much more. She is truly the multi-tool of the team. To get to know her a little better, we asked a few questions about herself.

1. What are three words to best describe you?

Effervescent, zealous, nurturing


2. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well, my name is Darcie. I grew up in St.Albert, a small suburb just outside of Edmonton, AB. I have ten fingers and ten toes. I also have curly hair (it’s generational). On the flip side, I have my BA in Art and Design from the UofA and worked as a professional photographer, graphic designer, and art consultant over the course of three years. In 2016, I moved to Vancouver and began a new journey. After completing my Honours Diploma in Art History at UBC, I worked at two museums in the downtown core. I am now proudly at ArtStarts in Schools and eager to contribute supporting art in education!

I currently live with my 50+ plant babies in East Van.


3. What is your role at ArtStarts? What do you do in your role?

My role at ArtStarts is the Office Coordinator. It’s quite a diverse role, which keeps me on my ten toes! I primarily utilize my time managing rentals, assisting with accounting and invoicing, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, taking care of our facility, and making Artstarts systems and procedures more efficient. There are always other little tasks too!

4. Where did art start for you?

Art started for me at a very young age. Since I can remember all I wanted to do was create, I enjoyed drawing but most of all doing crafts. On rainy days, my mom and I would go down to a local craft shop and buy small craft kits containing various materials like pom-poms and beads. We would work together with hot glue to make our creations. To this day, I enjoy crafting on almost a daily basis.


5. What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

The most important thing I try would tell myself is that I am always on my path. Sometimes it doesn’t feel that way when it comes to deciding about friends, family, jobs, or what university program to enroll in - I’ve bounced around and was always worried I wasn’t doing the “right” thing for me but that’s the point, bounce around in life! You are always on your path!


6. What is your favorite childhood memory?

My fondest childhood memories come from a small coal-mining town called Cadomin. Located half an hour from Hinton, AB, my grandparents and great-grandparents lived there for years. As a kid, our family would go there during the summer, for holidays, or at any opportunity. Cadomin provided the opportunity to explore nature, eat wholesome food, and get blown away by strong chinooks. But in particular, I remember sitting on the porch with my grandfather looking at the mountain known as “the sleeping woman” that encompasses the whole skyline. It was summer (the wild poppies were out) and we shared stories. I remember laughing.

Fun fact: my great-grandfather discovered the Cadomin Caves!


7. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

I usually keep quite busy outside of work hours. My partner Braden and I are always trying new food, going to concerts, or watching The Office. Aside from that, each year I take on a new hobby such as calligraphy, sewing, wheel-thrown pottery, and quilling. This past year I learned the art of macrame and started a petite business called zest + zout. Other interests include historical fiction books, astrology, and baking.

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