The Barrie Arts and Culture Council was incorporated as a non-profit in November 2010. Our mission is to support arts and culture in Barrie by Advocating on behalf of the arts community, Analyzing cultural options and best practices, and Advising the City of Barrie on matters related to arts and culture.
We are a volunteer organization comprised of dedicated individuals working with limited resources. We are not a funding body, but we are open to partnerships and collaborations of all kinds. If you can help out, let us know!
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors changes each year at our Annual General Meeting Event in April. Current members have been appointed to the Council for a one-year term. At the 2014 AGM members will be running for three year terms, two year terms and one year terms. Information about the 2014 elections will be announced on this website and at the Department of Culture’s Annual Arts Update in early March.
The current Board of Directors is made up of the following members: (Expanded/updated biographies and photos to be added in January 2014)
Scott Hurst is the Acting President/Chair through April 2014. A resident of Barrie since 1995 Scott has been a professional actor, singer and director since 1980. In addition to five seasons with the Stratford Festival local audiences know his work from seasons with Talk is Free Theatre, Theatre by the Bay (Artistic Director 2012), Kempenfelt Community Players, South Simcoe Theatre, and Orillia’s Sunshine Festival. Scott sat on the Advisory Committee for the Downtown Community Theatre project and was the recipient of a 2009 Excellence in the Arts award at the Barrie Arts Awards. Scott is one of the Admins for this website and the BACC Facebook page. He may be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg R. Groen is the Vice President External through April 2014. New to Barrie, Greg also sits on the Board of Directors for the Huronia Symphony Orchestra and Living Green Barrie. Greg heads the Membership Committee and is taking the organizational lead on the Art ce Soir project for Barrie’s Culture Days in September 2014.
Steve Kavaratzis is the Vice President Internal & Treasurer through April 2014. A recent graduate of the University of Guelph Steve worked with Talk is Free Theatre in 2012/2013 and one of his plays was produced by TiFT’s Small Talk during the 2013 season.
Jill Price has been an advisory committee member since 2010 and currently serves as the Secretary through April 2014. Jill is an award winning visual artist and arts educator who recently moved to Barrie from London Ontario. Currently the Programming Coordinator at Quest Art School & Gallery in Midland, Ontario, Jill also serves as the curator at Barrie’s professional artist collective Gallery 111 and works as part-time faculty at Georgian College within the Arts Fundamental program. Not only a former Communications Officer and Director of the London Arts Council, Jill was also the Director of London’s artist-run centre, the Forest City Gallery, worked as an Arts Writer for Scene Magazine, and then opened her first artist cooperative art gallery in downtown’s Covent Garden Market.
Tyler Durbano is a visual artist and Barrie, Ontario, native. A graduate of NSCAD University, his practice focuses on mixed media drawings and paintings. He finds inspiration in topics surrounding the human body, identity and masculinity, and hopes his art will further a conversation on these issues. Tyler uses photography, video stills and life as a starting point for art-making, but transforms his subjects by changing their gestures, settings and colours. He has recently completed a Community Studio Residency in rural Nova Scotia, holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Acadia University and hopes to pursue a MFA in the near future.
Cate Tilden is a Member at Large.
Doreen Harte is a Member at Large.
Andrea Murray is a Member at Large
Joshua Doerksen has been a board Member since February 2014. He is a music producer and composer and runs a media company called Sprout Wise.
Vincent (Vince di Norcia) is a Member at Large.
Founding Members & Advisory Committee
Since 2008 the following members have been instrumental in forming and maintaining the Arts Council through it’s inception and incorporation. They have also worked tirelessly on behalf of the community to form and maintain the Barrie Arts Network; a database that acts as an informational hub for the arts and artists in Barrie and Simcoe County. We thank them for their time, talent, guidance and perseverance.
Chad Ballantyne is the Creative Director of Rhubarb Media, a musician, writer and producer. Rhubarb, one of Barrie’s newest design firms, is located in downtown Barrie and has become a creative studio for many companies in the Barrie area and beyond. Rhubarb Media is a proud of local arts groups in the City, including the Kempenfelt Community Players and Moving Art. Passionate about the arts, Chad has been singing, playing guitar, writing and producing for over 20 years. Prior to Rhubarb, Chad was a pastor for over 13 years, focusing on youth and the arts.
Marc Hill is the principal of MHConnect, a public relations and social media marketing company based in Barrie, a patron of the arts and a community volunteer. Through MHConnect, Marc has worked in Canada, the US and Asia in marketing, public relations and new media with a range of clients from start-ups to multinationals, and from non-governmental organizations to every level of government, on major public policy initiatives. Marc is an active participant in the Barrie arts sector, a former board member of the Barrie Performing Arts Centre, and a former member of the Barrie and District Arts Council, amongst others. He is also a volunteer fitness leader and fundraiser with the YMCA of Simcoe County, and a long serving volunteer with Out-of-the Cold Barrie.
Sarah Lochhead is the founder and Artistic Director of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers – a professional dance company based in Simcoe County ON. She has performed contemporary dance independently and with HNM Dance Company, the York University Dance Ensemble, Menaka Thakkar Dance Company and Collective HEAT. Lochhead studied dance at University College Chichester in England and is a graduate of York University’s BFA honours dance program. She is also the Seasonal Programmer for recreational dance programs for the City of Barrie.
Damian Lopes is a poet, fiction writer and editor. To date he has published three print books of poetry and two online books of poetry. He is currently completing his first book of fiction, The Mango Stone. For more information, please see his website www.damianlopes.com
Bruce Meyer is a poet, novelist, writer, and professor of English Studies at Georgian College, Laurentian University and University of Toronto. Bruce is currently the Poet Laureate for the City of Barrie and he is instrumental in mentoring writers and spoken word artists throughout the country. (More to follow)