Our Board

Linda Barnes
Chairperson

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.

Paul Dufour
Music, visual, mixed media, photography, fine woodworking
Vice-chair

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.

Teresa Chow
Painting
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.

Kevin Hu, CFA, FRM
Senior Investment Analyst
Treasurer

Kevin is a Senior Investment Analyst with a boutique consulting firm located in Downtown Vancouver. Over the past several years, Kevin has gained extensive experience in institutional investment, risk management, as well as fundraising/marketing. Kevin went to James McKinney Elementary School and Steveston-London Secondary here in Richmond. Then he obtained both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from UBC and University of Toronto, respectively. Moreover, Kevin also has both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designations. As he is stepping into the fourth year of the current role, Kevin believes it is time to expand the capabilities and apply the financial knowledge to help support the Richmond community.

Additionally, Kevin has a great passion for arts and photography. In fact, he did not purchase a toy for his son’s first Christmas, rather Kevin painted Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story by using acrylics! Recently, Kevin has also been driving his family around Greater Vancouver to take amazing photos of the cherry blossoms!

Emmett Chan
Ink Wash Painter

Emmett Chan is an ink wash painter who has had a fascination for this style at an early age. He began to study ink wash painting at the age of ten. Being Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver from a young age his art has allowed him to connect with his cultural heritage. He is an advocate for making art accessible to everyone especially those in marginalized communities such the POC, LGBTQ, those who have mobility issues, are neurologically diverse, deaf or are hearing impaired. He has found that art has brought him immense joy and a great help for his mental health and believes in promoting art as an outlet for expression and a way de-stigmatize mental health.

He holds a B.A. and M.A. specializing in the study of religion from the University of British Columbia. Emmett’s love of religion seeps into his art. His knowledge of religion in general and of sacred places contributes to what he captures in his art. He is a member of the Korea Culture Art Research Institute. In addition, his pieces have been exhibited in Seoul, Korea, in 2018 as part of the 41st Korea Culture Art Exhibition and Asia Invitation Art Exhibition.

Sarah Glen, BSc
Communications Professional and Illustrator

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 10+ 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.

Edward Gordon
High School Student

Edward Gordon is a high school student with experience as a translator and activity leader. He believes that most of the arts share similarities and values, and most artists want to inspire audiences and make the world a better place. He is super passionate about business and financial literacy.

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.

Zac Zhou
High School Student

Zac Zhou is a high school student who studies at Steveston-London Secondary School in Grade 11.

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 the membership’s goals; 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