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June 30, 2020

Welcoming Winnie Tam as Interim Executive Director

Winnie Tam, an advocate for arts-integrated education, steps into the role of Interim Executive Director.

On behalf of ArtStarts in Schools Board of Directors and Staff, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Winne Tam as Interim Executive Director following the departure of Executive Director, Navida Nuraney earlier this year. 

Winnie’s commitment to the vision and mission of ArtStarts makes her an ideal choice to quickly and effectively move the organization forward.

A former middle school teacher, Winnie has dedicated her career to the arts and education. She has extensive experience working in non-profits in the areas of program management, fund development, and communications. Winnie joins ArtStarts from RealWheels Theatre, where most recently she has been its Senior Educational Administrator. Prior to RealWheels, Winnie was Manager of Program Operations at Arts Umbrella, overseeing more than 150 visual arts and theatre faculty who along with dance faculty, deliver programming to 24,000 children and youth annually.

Winnie holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of British Columbia with a focus on equity and social justice. 

"I look forward to stepping into this role during this key transition to continue the growth of ArtStarts in Schools and to achieve its mission to provide innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education. I believe it is vital for young people to have access to artists and artistic experiences in their schools and classrooms that represent humanity’s multitudes of diversities.

I’m inspired by ArtStarts’ commitment to ensuring the arts are an essential part of educating young people as a means for social change," says Winnie, on accepting the appointment. 

Winnie begins serving in her new role on July 2nd.

On behalf of the board and staff, please join me in welcoming Winnie to ArtStarts.

Thara Vayali
President, Board of Directors
ArtStarts in Schools Society

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