MEET OUR TEAM

STAFF

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ZANDI DANDIZETTE

Executive Director & Founder

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, and longest residency from the artists-in-residence program.They are the President of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres and current board member of CARFAC National. They helped co-found the Arts and Cultural Workers Union & VALUCOOP, previously on the board of VIVO Media Arts Centre, and have represented BC at ARCA. Zandi identifies as nonbinary, seeks out to decenter colonial legacy, and empower voices affected by systems of oppression.

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ARLO

Assistant Gallery Administrator

Arlo Havixbeck is a queer settler of mixed heritage currently residing and creating on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

They are a mixed media artist fond of woodwork, sculpture, print making and other processes found from curiosity explored through material investigations.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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ADAM STARTIN

Treasurer

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.

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PARVIN PEIVANDI

Member-at-Large

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.

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EM THORN

Member at-Large

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.

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TASSLEEM LEE

Member-at-Large - PAARC Rep

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.