Vancouver Mural Festival Staff + Board (2018)
What do you bring to VMF that is missing? Having been "around" a little longer than most of the people at VMF, I think I have some hard-fought wisdom and experience to add to the mix. People tell me that I have a calm confidence and great resilience and it makes me laugh to think how many things I had to go through and learn in order to get that way.
What is VMF doing that is different than other festivals? The biggest difference I see is the commitment to creating something sustainable through the festival and the murals. VMF is creating beautiful engaging murals that are going to be around for a long time and contributing to the fabric of Vancouver. Through the staging of this festival of art and music every summer, we create time and space for people to gather and celebrate all that is unique about our city. At the same time, VMF is transforming attitudes and affecting change in how our city is designed to facilitate public art. I am stoked to be part of that!
What is your superpower? I had to do a little poll to help with the answer to this question :) but the answer is a positive attitude. I am blessed with the ability to look for and find the positive in virtually every person and circumstance. I nurture my superpower with tons of gratitude for all the good things in my life!
What do you see as your first priority? I am focussing on learning right now, trying to get up to speed on the partners and sponsors that have been such great supporters for VMF since the beginning. I will be meeting with as many of them as I can in the next few weeks to find out where we are at and how we can work together this year. Simultaneously, I will be looking for opportunities to align with new brands that would benefit from the huge and growing audience around the world that is watching VMF.