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.
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
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
- SD Holman, Artistic Director (On Leave)
- Rachel Iwaasa, Acting Artistic Director
- Theodore Jakob, Managing Director
- Julie-anne Saroyan, Production Manager
- Kenneth Yuen, Communications Coordinator
- Arlen Nielsen, Graphic Designer
- Kathy Atkins, Volunteer Coordinator
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.
Drop by our History page for more about past festivals.