Pride In Art (PiA) began in 1998 as a collective of queer visual artists mounting a community art exhibition. In its early years, PiA focused primarily on the visual arts, occasionally presenting performing arts as well within the exhibition space.  In 2006, the festival expanded into other disciplines and art forms. In 2010, the festival was rebranded as the Queer Arts Festival.

Mission Statement

The Pride in Art Society promotes the production, exhibition, visibility, and appreciation of queer art and artists, creating opportunities for dialogue among artists from different disciplines. PiA fosters inclusion, equality and a strong political voice for queer communities, including historical contributions. We combat homophobia by building greater public awareness and acceptance of individuals and groups outside sexual and gender norms.

 

Board of Directors President Joel Klein. Belle Ancell Photography

Board of Directors President Joel Klein. Belle Ancell Photography

Board of Directors

The Pride In Art Board of Directors plays an integral part in the planning of the Festival and bringing it to life every year.

  • Joel Klein, President
  • Jen Crothers, Secretary
  • Suzo Hickey, Treasurer
  • Bernard Sauvé
  • Jeff Gibson

PiA Staff

Volunteers:

Many other people make our festival happen with their dedication, passion and commitment to the arts in Vancouver. To volunteer, please visit our Volunteer page.

History

Drop by our History page for more about past festivals.