The AIRS program was founded by Maggie Milne Martens and VSB teacher Colleen Mieczaniec in 2015. It is managed by Celia Jong- District Arts Coordinator and Christine Giesbrecht- District Mentor Teacher at the Vancouver School Board, working in consultation with the AIRS advisory council. This model of consultation ensures best practices for creating sustainable, successful and meaningful artist-studio residencies for students and teachers.
Celia Jong, District Arts Coordinator- Vancouver School Board, VSB-AIRS Co-Director
Colleen Mieczaniec, AIRS Lead Teacher, Primary Teacher, Nightingale Elementary
Alex Ramierz, Visual Artist and Artist in Residence, AIRS program
Wendy Chang, Director, Rennie Museum
Robin Roberts, Indigenous Education Teacher & Artist, Lord Strathcona Elementary
Mariette Smith, Principal Edith Cavell Elementary
Dorothy Watkins, Principal, Seymour Elementary
Chris Stanger, Director of Instruction, Vancouver School Board
Member at large: Amanda Wood, Textile Artist and Artist in Residence, AIRS program
Member at large: Maggie Milne Martens, AIRS Co-Founder and Co-Director
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.
PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm - Musqueam (pronounced Mus-kwee-um) Sḵwxwú7mesh - Squamish Nation (pronounced Skwa-mish) səlilwətaɬ - Tsleil-Waututh (pronounced Slay-wah-tuth) Please do not capitalize x in xʷməθkʷəy̓əm & s in səlilwətaɬ Do capitalize S in Skwxwú7mesh *The above has been shared by Chas Desjarlais- District Principal of Indigenous Education.