The AIRS program was founded by Maggie Milne Martens and VSB teacher Colleen Mieczaniec in 2015. It is now owned and managed by VSB in consultation with community partners. The Advisory Council meets throughout the year to support the vision and direction of the AIRS program. This model of consultation ensures best practices for creating sustainable, successful and meaningful artist-studio residencies for artists, students and teachers.
Colleen Mieczaniec, AIRS Lead Teacher, Primary Teacher, Nightingale Elementary
Alex Ramierz, Visual Artist and Artist in Residence, AIRS program
Wendy Chang, Director, Rennie Collection
Hannah Jickling, Social Practice Artist and Educator, Yukon School of Visual Arts
Mariette Smith, Principal Edith Cavell Elementary
Dorothy Watkins, Principal, False Creek Elementary
David Nelson, Deputy Superintendent, VSB
Maggie Milne Martens, AIRS Co-Founder and AIRS Artistic Lead
Member at large: Amanda Wood, Textile Artist
The Artist In Residence Studio program is honoured to be working together on the unceded, unsurrendered and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm|Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh|Squamish & səlilwətaɬ |Tsleil-Waututh people, where we learn, live and work. We humbly acknowledge that we are unlearning and relearning and with this acknowledgement comes the commitment to engage in ongoing acts of reconciliation.