Richmond Arts Coalition

FEATURED MEMBER: Clarkson Events


Clarkson Events provides event planning, coordination, production and marketing support in Richmond, Vancouver and Surrey, BC. Working with Clarkson Events ensures your event will thrive from start to finish. We handle all the logistics and details to ensure your event goes exactly as planned. Clarkson Events is committed to showcasing your event with style, class and meticulous execution while keeping it as ecofriendly as possible. We strive to sustain our local economy by engaging local vendors and suppliers who work tirelessly to make our events successful.

About Clarkson Events
Clarkson Events is spearheaded by Owner and Principal Planner, Reena Clarkson, who has been actively involved in creating, managing and producing events throughout Metro Vancouver, British Columbia since 1996. Reena and her team have delivered successful events ranging from City wide food festivals with over 20 vendors and thousands of visitors and multicultural celebrations featuring world renowned artists, to intimate community and family based events, including local business openings and Celebrations of Life.

Reena is a philanthropist and true patron of the arts who consistently donates her expertise in event planning and coordination to the benefit of the arts community.
In 2014, Reena launched Clarkson Events, an event planning company based in Richmond, BC. From the conceptual stage to packing up the last boxes at the end of your event, Clarkson Events is here to assist you with conferences, celebrations or festivals of any size. The Clarkson Events team feels privileged to share in the creation and success of every client event.

Accomplishments in 2016
For a snapshot of what Clarkson Events achieved in 2016, visit

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The City of Richmond congratulates the six winners of the ninth annual Richmond Arts Awards, announced at a ceremony last night, Tuesday, May 16, at Richmond City Hall Council Chambers.

Established to recognize the achievements and contributions to the arts by Richmond residents, artists, educators, organizers and business leaders, the Richmond Arts Awards are administered by the City of Richmond, developed in partnership with the Richmond Arts Coalition, and are sponsored by the Richmond News.

And the winners (bolded) of the 2017 Richmond Arts Awards are …


Artistic Innovation  
Recognizes an individual artist or organization that is producing visionary creative work, exhibiting innovation within in their arts discipline and/or bringing a new cultural experience to the City of Richmond.   

  • Border Free Bees
  • Plaza Projects
  • Robin Eder-Warren

Arts Education 
Recognizes an individual or organization whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been significant and far reaching.  

  • Melanie Devoy
  • Shelley John
  • Tony Bowden

Business and the Arts   
Recognizes a business that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Richmond by supporting a Richmond-based artist or arts organization through sponsorship, philanthropic and/or volunteer service.

  • Gilmore Gardens and Courtyard Gardens
  • Jason Ko/Viva Pharmaceuticals
  • Lansdowne Centre

Cultural Leadership 
Recognizes an arts professional or organization as a leader in their arts discipline, their organization stewardship and/or their contribution to Richmond’s cultural development.    

  • Cathy Bayley
  • Community Arts Council of Richmond
  • Ming Yeung

Recognizes an individual that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Richmond by supporting a Richmond-based artist or arts organization through volunteer service.

  • Dale Bailey
  • Nan Baardsen
  • Ray Chin

Youth Arts 
Recognizes a performing, literary or visual artist under the age of 25 who has demonstrated outstanding promise and commitment to the Richmond arts community. 

  • Anna Toth
  • Emily May
  • Tal Mader


Save the date! 

ArtRich 2017 will have its opening reception on Friday, December 1st, 2017, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Richmond Art Gallery.

The exhibition will run from December 2nd to December 31st.
Application forms will be available soon!


The Richmond Arts Coalition is pleased to announce Rob Fillo as RAC’s first ever Executive Director!

“We are excited that Rob has agreed to lend his energy and expertise to move our strategic plan forward. Together we envision a successful and bright future for RAC and the arts here in Richmond.” – RAC Chair, Linda Barnes




Click here to view current Arts, Culture and Heritage events in Richmond.

Our Mission

To promote, support and advocate for the Arts in all their various forms within Richmond, BC.

Our Vision

RAC Vision:

Richmond is recognized as a creative community. This means:

  1. The City is an Arts destination with a vibrant Arts scene which values and appreciates all forms of the Arts.
  2. The community is engaged in activity which includes:
    1. A variety of Arts-related objects, performances and experiences available to the public
    2. Arts gathering spaces
    3. Meaningful connection between culture, heritage and the Arts
    4. The Arts are used to explore cultural connectivity
    5. A friendly and welcoming community including daytime and night-time vibrance
    6.  A wide variety of Arts-related programs and events
    7. Sustainable and stable Arts organizations
    8. Arts-focused hubs (The Arts District in the City Centre Official Community Plan and Steveston)
  3.  The livability of the community encourages artists to live and work in Richmond.

Our Sponsors

    • Gateway Theatre
    • Richmond News
    • Innovation Networks
    • City of Richmond
    • Government of Canada (Department of Canadian Heritage)
    • Richmond Canada 150

Our Partners

    • City of Richmond
    • Gateway Theatre
    • Richmond Art Gallery
    • Steveston 20/20
    • Gulf of Georgia Cannery
    • Steveston Historical Society