Our team

Artistic Director

Photo by Micah Field

Artist, performer, singer, and community developer, Carmen has been active in the Vancouver arts community for three decades. She is the artistic director and founder of Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival – a multicultural celebration of the environment, art, and community. She has a B.A. from UBC, a diploma from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and is a graduate of the Collingwood Leadership Institute. She leads art workshops including a summer fine arts Performance Intensive camps, a three year residency with Arts, Health and Seniors, workshops in schools, and stilt-costume creation with “at risk” youth in downtown Vancouver. She has been coordinating community celebrations in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood since 2000 and has worked on the “Spirit Fish” project using art to link neighbourhoods to their local waterways. In 2016 Carmen completed a public art piece called “Still Here” at the Skyway Towers Plaza, 2699 Kingsway.

Carmen was also the founder and co-artistic director of Mortal Coil Performance Society for 10 years – creating shows, designing costumes and giant puppets, performing, and booking stilt-dance shows all over North America.

Photo by Zhao Zhong Zheng

Photo by Zhao Zhong Zheng

As a singer, Carmen performs, records and tours with Elektra Women’s Choir, and with the Slavic Soul ensemble Zeellia.

Carmen’s visual art can be seen in the stone mosaic pathways around Renfrew Ravine, giant puppets and stilt walking characters at festivals and community parades and giant lantern installations at evening lantern festivals.

Carmen and Clara walked the pilgrimage route the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain on May and June 2010. Check out Carmen’s blog and her photos

 

General Manager

Bea is thrilled to be part of the amazing community supporting Still Moon Arts Society. Bea values diversity, connection, communication, and inclusion, and brings a wide variety of community and arts-related experience to Still Moon Arts. This includes Youth Work in Richmond and doing outreach with folks with disabilities in Burnaby, New Westminster, and Vancouver as Community Connector. She has also trained for over 5 years as a facilitator using art for connection, self-expression, strategic planning, and human-centred design with both youth and adults. Her main inspiration for this work comes from Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. Prior to working with SMAS, Bea had the great pleasure to coordinate a project funded by the City of Richmond, teaching youth to weave fish from local plants and installing the resulting community-engaged sculpture at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

As the Programs Manager since June 2016, Bea has supported SMAS to deliver a number of projects, from grant-writing to logistic support, hiring, outreach, and facilitating programs for youth and community. Bea’s goal is to continue to grow the number of younger performance-oriented youth involved with Still Moon Arts, to support the youth of the neighbourhood to express themselves and grow through art, and to bring her wide variety of skills in service of the mandate of the organization.

When not working with community, Bea makes textile art, including sewing, dyeing, and weaving: both on a loom and with plants to make baskets. She loves spending time in the Renfrew Ravine and keeps an eye out for edible and medicinal plants, both native and non-native. Bea is motivated by connection and friendship, hope for the future, fostering personal growth and self-expression, and the process of re-wilding.