Our Staff

Andrew Wade
Executive Director

As well as being the Executive Director for RAC, Andrew Wade is also an award-winning actor and playwright, and occasionally works as a puppeteer and stage manager.

Wade grew up in Richmond, attending Westwind Elementary, Tomekichi Homma Elementary (late French immersion), and Hugh McRoberts Secondary. He is also a 2011 University of Victoria graduate (BFA: Acting, BA: Writing). Artistically, Wade works primarily in theatre, where he has won the 2011 Vancouver Young Playwright’s Competition (The Romantics), been nominated for two Ovation awards and one CTC award, and has written, produced, and performed original works in twenty-five festivals across Canada (The Hatter, William vs The World, The Most Honest Man in the World, Hullaboo and The End of Everything). He co-created and wrote the book and lyrics for TITUS!: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus, which received a Pick of the Fringe Award from the Vancouver Fringe Festival and a five star review from The Vancouver Sun. He has written and lead heritage tours in Steveston, including the popular historic vignettes performed by high school students. Wade has been with RAC since January of 2014.


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