The Gabriola Arts Council board of directors is thrilled to announce that we have added two new members to our team – Chelsea Rushton – as Program Manager and Tsatassaya White as Program Consultant/advisor for the Breaking Bannock program.
Chelsea is an artist, arts educator, and community builder who delights in holding space for diverse audiences to engage creativity, build new skills, and meet others through playful and reflective art experiences.
She earned an MFA in Visual Art and a BFA in Creative Writing, and is certified as a yoga teacher and an end of life doula. For over 15 years, Chelsea has demonstrated her strengths in program management, teaching, and curriculum development through the creation of courses, exhibitions, events, and publications with arts and academic institutions. She is excited to listen, learn, and collaborate to develop and deliver engaging, welcoming, and accessible arts-based programming that honours the land on which we do this work, and that grows our thriving arts community, both on Gabriola and beyond.
“I am filled with joy to begin as the new Program Manager with the Arts Council, on this island that has offered me such a creatively supportive and inspiring home base since my first visit in 2002, when I was 15 years old. I have made friends here with more artists than I can count during these last two+ decades, and I hope, in this role, to make many more. It will be my pleasure to listen to you, learn from you, make connections, and collaborate to develop and deliver engaging, welcoming, and accessible arts-based programming that honours the land on which we do this work, and that grows our thriving creative community, both on Gabriola and beyond.“
We look forward to supporting Chelsea in this exciting transition as GAC’s Program Manager. Chelsea’s strengths in project management, teaching, and curriculum development will enhance the Arts Council programs going forward; the Isle of the Arts festival, Studio Tour, Cultivate, and Healing Power of Art.
Tsatassaya (Tracey) White, a member of the Snuneymuxw Nation, holds a degree in Anthropology from UBC and is currently working on her Masters degree in Linguistics at Simon Fraser University. She is active in her community and has taken on the role as Program Consultant/advisor to the Arts Council.
Tsatassaya’s bright and intuitive nature combined with her diplomacy, leadership skills and sense of humour are an asset to our work and our developing programs under this banner of Breaking Bannnock – Building Bridges. We are looking forward to Tsatasaya’s insights to our efforts and to continually advising us on creating a respectful and harmonious pathway to building bridges.
“I am thrilled to embark on this new role and excited to collaborate with the exceptional team at the Gabriola Arts Council. Coming from a family that cherishes “Gabe”: it holds a special significance as our yearly reunions at the Marshall Family’s property is filled with days at Twin Beaches and sunset moments at The Galleries. I am eager to foster artistic opportunities that actively contribute to building strong relationships and fostering community bonds.”
We look forward to working with Tsatassaya in developing our exciting new Breaking Bannock program. This program is made possible by the CSMARI grant awarded us by the Government of Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage (Community Support, Multi-Cultural Anti-Racism Initiative).