Our Board

Linda Barnes
RAC Chair

Linda has always been supportive of the Arts and recognizes them as an essential piece of a healthy, vibrant and sustainable city. As a Richmond City Councillor she ensured the Arts were recognized as part of the City’s economic development. In her retirement she wants to continue to advocate and be part of keeping the Arts alive and well in Richmond.

Emily Yip
Visual Art
RAC Treasurer

Emily Yip has had a passion for art since she was young. She creates paintings, photos and mixed media artworks. Her paintings directly respond to the surrounding environment and use everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By applying abstraction, she tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical, and believes in the idea of function following form in a work. She is a CGA who has worked in both public and private practice.

Teresa Chow
Painting
RAC Secretary

Teresa (BA, Ottawa University, MBA, Southern Illinois University) was introduced to singing, music, painting and drama at a young age. After graduation, her business profession was in the commercial field, but her passion for art never changed, leading her to Langara College and the Emily Carr University of Art & Design, where she graduated with an Advanced Painting Certificate.

Teresa has been a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and volunteered her time with the Richmond Artists Guild and the Thompson Community Arts Subcommittee. Juried showcases of paintings include: Vancouver’s University Women’s Club, The Stanley Theatre, South Delta Longhouse Gallery, Burnaby Arts Council, New Westminster Arts Council, North Vancouver Arts Council, Outlook Armstrong Gallery, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Deas Slough Invermere Schoolhouse, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Annalisa Whittle
Dancer, Choreographer

Born and raised in Richmond, Annalisa began her dance training in ballet, jazz and highland before she honed in on contemporary dance and fell in love. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Calgary and created a footprint in the Calgary dance community performing in various festivals, and teaching at high schools and studios. But it was in choreography that Annalisa felt best suited her creativity. Additionally, she spent two years as President of Dancers’ Studio West, a not-for-profit, black box theatre that nurtured dance artists and presented various works.

In tandem with her dance career, Annalisa worked her way up the corporate ladder in administration, corporate communications and human resources for almost 15 years before bringing her focus solely on her family. She is very keen to be involved with the Richmond Arts Coalition and advocate for the arts in her home town.

Paul Dufour
Music, visual, mixed media, photography, fine woodworking

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.

Sudnya Mulye
Dancer, Choreographer, Instructor

Sudnya Mulye is a professional Bharata Natyam dancer, choreographer and instructor. Bharata Natyam is an Indian Classical dance which integrates stylized hand gestures, facial expressions, footwork, yoga, and universal emotions. Sudnya holds her B.F.A in Bharata Natyam and M.F.A in Choreography from Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya, University of Mumbai, India. Sudnya has been nominated for several dance and community awards including the Richmond Review’s Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction Award. She is the founder of the Sudnya Dance Academy, and the co-founder and Artistic Director for International Dance Day Richmond.

Robert Scott
Musician and Vocalist

Robert Scott was born and raised in Richmond. He started piano lessons at the age of five and has played the French horn for 23 years, both in small ensembles and as a soloist. Robert has performed with the Richmond Honour Band, Hugh Boyd Band, Richmond Youth Orchestra, Richmond Youth Concert Band, Little Mountain Brass Band, Summer Pops Youth Orchestra, and the West Coast Amateur Musician’s Society.

Robert has composed hundreds of pieces in genres ranging from modern instrumental pieces to contemporary pop, RnB, and electronica. In 2011, Robert performed in both English and Mandarin in a local Chinese boy band called 阳光志 (‘Sunshine Club’). He currently works as a business consultant and continues to perform. He encourages community members of all ages to participate in the many facets of art.

Susan Skemp
Performer

Susan’s career has taken her worldwide – she headlined for Princess Cruises and Tokyo Disneyland. A few credits: South Pacific (as Nelly Forbush, TUTS), Godspell (Vancouver Playhouse), Steppin’ Out (lead, Variety at the Vogue), Hugh Pickett Tribute (Arts Club), Anything Goes (as Reno Sweeney, Metro), 42nd Street (Metro). She starred in the Japanese TV series, “Rice Curry” and in “Tell-A-Tune-Town” – for which she wrote six original songs.

Producing and starring: An Evening with Susan Skemp (Gateway Theatre), A Date with Susan & Michel (Oasis), Musical Revue (Richmond Night Market), Nostalgia Cabaret series (Metro), Play It Again (short film).

Susan has worked with the late Bob Fosse, Peter Matz, Earl Brown and Bobby Taylor. She performs at senior centres and residences all over the lower mainland.

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.

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 the membership’s goals. Thank you to the membership for your continued support and confidence.

To be a welcoming and inclusive member-driven association that supports and celebrates culture and arts activity in Richmond.

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, as expressed in the following ways:

  • 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.