A lover of color and movement, Zandi Dandizette is interested in engaging and creating immersive spaces. They graduated with a BMA in Animation in 2014 from Emily Carr University. Co-founder of the JBG since 2014, longest residency from the artists-in-residence program. Zandi is a firm believer in supporting artists previously working for CARFAC BC & NATIONAL and previously on the board of VIVO Media Arts Centre. They are the President of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres, a founding member of VALU CO-OP, co-founded the Arts and Cultural Workers Union, and have represented BC at ARCA. Zandi identifies as nonbinary, seeks out to decenter whiteness, and empower voices affected by systems of oppression.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A fully qualified Chartered Account (CA, UK) with 12 years experience of accounting, financial analysis and audit. In addition Adam is also involved within the local arts/music community as an artist and promoter. Adam goes under the moniker of Adam 2 and curates Afrofuturism is Now.
Parvin Peivandi is an Iranian/Canadian artist who works cross disciplines in a wide range of mediums including sculpture, ceramics, textiles, video, sound installation and performance art. She has studied in Emily Carr university of Art and Design and School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited her art locally and internationally.
A dancer musician, writer, and director for film, theatre, and multimedia and an MSc. researcher at Simon Fraser University in interactive technology. Her creative work explores the intersections between arts and sciences in exploring the human condition. She runs the Nebula Theatre Company and has previously activated the JBG for events.
Connie Laalo has a background in creating public arts event programming as well as exhibition design. An active member of the music and arts communities in Vancouver, she is happiest when nurturing and amplifying marginalized voices.
Em Thorn exists at the intersection of art and technology, with a passion for interactive experiences. They have been a community member of the JBG since its origination, taking part in events and supporting the gallery in flourishing as a queer arts hub. Em's background is in program development and infrastructure management within tech, and currently employs their skillset at Hootsuite.
Multi-instrumentalist musician exploring kazakh steppes musical heritage in global temporalities through creating sound landscapes. Eco-volunteer, curator of iNaturalist biodiversity registration platform, marketing and management professional.
Ever since childhood Tassleem has been drawn to the arts. From doodling her feelings into her coloring books in preschool to taking photos of everything that came in her path. She is currently finding focus with her company Synergize Community, and working on building a community of healers, creatives, and changemakers working together to create financial sustenance while doing what they love.
Nathaniel Marchand is a multi-disciplinary artist, musician and educator whose practice explores relationships to the land, ethnobotany and natural materials. An advocate for community and creativity, he frequently facilitates programs for youth as well as intergenerational and cross-cultural collaborations.
Rachel Kirkpatrick runs the studiospace at Beaumont Studios and has chartered a new chapter of the Toastmasters. She is a queer mother who has ceramics space at the JBG.