2023-2024 Board of Directors
Johanna Chipman – President – Elected February 2018
Johanna has a background in Finance, Strategy and Real Estate
Committees: Fundraising, Executive
After several years working in commercial real estate in downtown Winnipeg, Johanna became interested in the other, crucial part of a lively downtown: arts and cultural institutions. Johanna is grateful to get to play a role in Artspace’s valuable and long-standing contributions to our city.
Evan Taylor – Vice-President – Elected February 2022
Evan is a registered architect at Architecture49.
“It is an honour to contribute to an organization that supports spaces for the arts and artist communities which make our city special.”
Philip Bobby (He/Him) – Treasurer – Elected February 2021
Philip is a Chartered Professional Accountant and manager at Fort Group Chartered Professional Accountants where he specializes in assurance engagements for non-profit, private company and first nation communities.
Committees: Fundraising Committee
Philip lives in the downtown area and understands the importance and impact that arts and culture can have on the surrounding community.
Serena Chan – Director – Elected February 2023
Serena has a background in graphic design, photography, illustration and media.
“Growing opportunities for creatives and amplifying the impact increases the potential that art has.“
Joseph Kalturnyk – Director – Elected February 2017
Joe has a background in Architecture/Design, Curation and Project Management
Jordan Stranger – Director – Elected February 2023
Jordan works as a full-time self-employed visual artist and graphic designer operating under his own brand, Totem Doodem.
Currently, he is creating a new series of paintings and installations for a future art exhibition titled “Manitou”.
“I believe in an inclusive space for all artists to make their mark and follow their dreams.”
Brian Drader – Director – Elected February 2018
Brian is a writer, dramaturg, actor, teacher, and artistic administrator. His writing career has spanned 35 years, with six plays published. His work has been produced in Canada, the United States, and Europe, and won numerous awards including the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Award, the Philadelphia Brick Playhouse New Play Award, and the prestigious Lambda Literary Award for Drama (USA), as well as nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year. Brian has supported the development of hundreds of plays and projects through his dramaturgical practice, ranging from Fringe productions to Cirque du Soleil’s MJ ONE at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to working dramaturgically on the 2017 revamp of The Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa. He served for 13 years as the Director of Playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, and is presently the Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights and contract faculty at the University of Winnipeg.
Layla Freig- Director – Elected February 2023
Layla is a financial, strategic and creative consultant. She specializes in fashion, but works across all sectors, helping businesses build, grow and scale. She also works directly with emerging visual artists to help them build their brands and put on shows across Canada.
“I believe in the importance of investing in creativity to build happy and healthy communities, foster artistic ability and success, and promote representation. Artspace does exactly that by providing artists of all mediums and creative outlets, with a space and platform to develop their business in.”
Louise Smith (She/Her), BA, MBA, ICD.D – Director – Elected February 2019
Louise works in strategic planning, change management, research and strategic communications. She has held roles in publishing, financial services and government and is currently VP, Strategy and Engagement at Credit Union Central of Manitoba. Louise has served on various not-for-profit boards in the arts and social services, including long service on the board of the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival. She holds the Institute of Corporate Directors’ ICD.D designation, continues to pursue board governance learning, and works regularly with boards on strategic matters.
Committees: Governance Committee
“Every city needs space for art, the people who make art and those who support them. The organizational purpose of Artspace is to address that need.“
Richard Bars – Director – Elected February 2020
Richard is an associate lawyer in the advocacy department of MLT Aikins LLP, practising in the areas of civil, commercial, and construction litigation, as well as professional regulation. He has a long history of volunteering in the Winnipeg arts community and has worked with artists both locally and internationally.
“Artists and arts organizations need spaces to flourish, and it is a privilege to be able to be part of an organization that helps meet that need in our community.”
Evan Sinclair – Director – Elected February 2022
Evan is a professional urban planner and longtime skateboarder
“Our local arts community is essential for so many reasons – from animating our urban spaces to strengthening our economy to showcasing our diverse cultural landscape. By providing space and resources to this community, Artspace plays an important role in its continued success.”
Jaimz Asmundson – Director – Elected February 2017
Jaimz is currently the Cinematheque Programming Director at the Winnipeg Film Group and is a filmmaker and musician.
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