Jane is a retired Cultural Administrator from the City of Richmond. Since 1998 until her retirement she served as the Manager, then inaugural Director of the Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage Services where she oversaw the creation of three Art Strategies, the Arts Awards, several major festivals including the Children’s Arts Festival and Maritime Festival, developer provided Artist Residential Tenancy units and work only studios, and the prominent inclusion of arts and heritage in the Official Community Plan. She was a founding member and past president of the Creative City Network, a national organization of municipal cultural administrators. Jane is currently on the board of the Gateway Theatre Society.
Of particular area of interest is art in City and community building; art in the public realm; and increasing the amount and quality of creation, performance and exhibition spaces. She is an avid dance performance attender.
Sarah Glen is a Richmond-based communications professional and illustrator with a passion for collaborative, community projects involving arts and heritage. She has extensive experience in marketing, fundraising and events, and has worked in the charitable sector for over 20+ years.
A BSc graduate of the Interactive Arts program at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Sarah is fascinated with how audiences engage and interact with new media. She employs a user-focused design approach to create solutions for the challenges that come up in her everyday work. Sarah has also completed her certificate in Non-Profit Management at SFU.
In her past role as the Executive Director for the Steveston Historical Society, she especially enjoyed working alongside the Richmond Arts Coalition Board on various initiatives; particular highlights include the Fishermen’s Park Mural, Walking Tour Vignettes, and Songs in the Snow.
On weekends, Sarah enjoys canoe adventures with her family where she finds inspiration (and materials) for her whimsical mixed-media art projects.
A resident of Richmond for over 20 years, Jimmy appreciates the important value of art in the community of Richmond and in our lives. With a background in Sociology, Jimmy believes that all forms of art hold the potential to improve people’s wellbeing, to connect neighbours together, and to promote peaceful dialogue. As such, Jimmy is eager to support artists in the Richmond community to the best of his ability.
I am an accounting student at KPU, taking a post-baccalaureate diploma. I have taken Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting courses, as well as general business, software, and economics courses. I have a background in non-profit work. From 2009 to 2013, I worked in volunteer and staff positions with Options Clinics. I also worked with Vancouver Coastal Health as a medical office assistant.
I have always been creative and was definitely an “art kid” growing up. I largely focused on writing, collage, graphic design, and desktop publishing, but also did some painting and a lot of knitting. Since 2016, I have been home fulltime with my young kids. From 2016 to 2020, I wrote a blog on motherhood and mental health. During the pandemic, I really found comfort in creating visual art again. I have taken up watercolours, ceramics, and embroidery. I am hoping to develop a more distinct artistic voice and try my hand at mosaics and murals.
While Paul enjoys a wide variety of arts disciplines (visual, mixed media, photography, woodworking), his passion is playing music. This love of music began with a summer job playing records for figure skating routines at his local arena and moved on to playing percussion in his high school band. Paul and his rock band performed at Expo 67 in Montreal.
After moving to BC in 1972, Paul began a long career in the music industry, including working for Warner Brothers Music and London Records of Canada. Paul has served as president of the Richmond Orchestra and Chorus, and later as administrator. Paul advised on bringing the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Wakayama Youth Choir to Richmond. Paul would like to help grow the arts, culture and heritage in our community.
Artistic Director & Content Creator with CircusWest / Nonesuch.
Rahim moved to Richmond almost 20 years ago. Shortly after becoming Richmondite, He volunteered with the Richmond Engagement Civic Network (RCEN) and shortly became a Co-Convener. RCEN partnered with the City of Richmond in a number of programs to increase civic engagement (Study Circles) and inter-culture harmony (the pilot program for Doors Open Richmond on No. 5 Road). He has also participated in inter-faith dialogues project led by RMCS.
Rahim was a Cultural Advisor volunteer as part of the Cultural Awareness Training for Richmond staff. Rahim was also a board member of Cinevolution Media Arts Society (is a grassroots, women-led, migrant-driven film and media arts organization). He was also a volunteer with other organizations including Richmond Football Club (RFC), Scouts Canada, Parent Advisory Committees and others. On top of that, he volunteered with political parties and campaigns for several candidates over the last 15 years.
Kevan’s passion for the arts began with a chance encounter at a bus stop in Richmond, BC, where he met the legendary Vancouver artist, Raymond Chow. His awe and admiration for Chow’s artwork sparked a life-long journey in the arts, leading him to become an artist agent under Chow’s training.
In addition to his work at Capulet Art, Kevan is also the co-founder of Golden Brush Art Events and a producer of the “Battle of the Brush” live painting competition. He is a dedicated member of the Vancouver Chinatown Lions Club, where he holds high offices and devotes his free time to community service and fundraising events.
ABOUT RICHMOND ARTS COALITION
The City of Richmond Parks, Recreation and Culture department completed a Master Plan and Arts Strategy for the City of Richmond. These plans identified the need for an organization to bring artists and arts organizations together to discuss issues and advocate with one voice. The Richmond Arts Coalition meets that need.
RAC continues to build a strong, united, member-driven organization that serves the interests of artists and arts and culture organizations in Richmond. The membership elected a steering committee made up of representatives from the artistic community. RAC is making steady progress towards our membership’s goals and our community’s aspirations; thank you to our members for your continued support and confidence.
The Richmond Arts Coalition is your ArtsVoice for the arts and artists of Richmond.
V – a Volunteer-led organization, we
O – Offer opportunities for artists and the arts within Richmond,
I – Inform artists and assist with innovative ideas,
C – Connect artists, businesses, and audiences, and
E – Engage and advocate for the arts community
We are a welcoming and inclusive member-driven association that supports and celebrates culture and arts activity in Richmond.
We aspire to create support for a diversity of cultural and arts experiences by ensuring that artists, arts organizations and arts supporters can contribute to the quality of life in Richmond. We:
- Advocate for arts and culture to all levels of government
- Work with other coalitions for arts and culture
- Provide a communications platform for culture and the arts
- Advocate for a new cultural and performing arts facility in Richmond
- Ensure that Richmond arts and culture are represented at major events in Richmond
- Support local artists