About

Creativa International is a registered not-for-profit organization founded in November 2012 with a mandate to organize community events that expose audiences to diverse artistic forms and cultural expressions, serving to build intercultural understanding; and to nurture emerging and established artists from a variety of different disciplines by facilitating educational, professional development, international touring, and collaboration opportunities. The organization’s guiding values are equality, accessibility, diversity and inclusion.
 
Since its inception the primary activity focus has been the development of community-based arts initiatives engaging marginalized communities. Since 2016, Creativa International has addressed its mandate to the expose audiences to diverse artistic forms and cultural expressions by expanding activity in the area of artist management and touring, assisting international artists to transcend barriers of nationality, economics, and language to build connections and new audiences for their work in Canada.

 

STAFF

 

Kate Declerck (Founder & Executive Director)

 

Kate is a skilled cultural project manager and ardent advocate for the role of the arts in uniting and building understanding among people. Over the last 15 years she has based herself in Amsterdam (NL), Montreal, London (UK), Brussels (BE), Vancouver, and Toronto and has traveled to over 30 countries worldwide as former Programs Officer of Jeunesses Musicales International and Executive Director of the JMI Foundation, responsible for the development of international youth music programs. The opportunity to learn from artists and cultural organizations within diverse socio-cultural contexts and observe how cultural resources can be applied to achieve a broad range of community development objectives (including peace and conflict resolution, public education, intercultural dialogue, community health, and counteracting discrimination) has fueled her dedication to cultural program development and research interest in arts education, cultural policy, and the intersection between art and activism.

 

Kate has also worked as General Manager of Urban Ink Productions, an Indigenous and Intercultural performing arts company based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, as Production Coordinator for the visual effects film company Digital Domain, and for Nonesuch/Warner Records in the UK.

 

Kate holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University (Montreal, CA) and a Masters in Cultural Management from Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK).


Luisa Jojic (Program Director, True Voice Theatre Project)

 

Luisa JojicA Jessie Richardson Award nominated performer, instructor, and director, Luisa graduated from UBC in 2001 with a BFA in Theatre. As an actor, she works on the stage and screen, and has also spent a large part of her career involved in the development of original Canadian work. Luisa has worked as an instructor in theater and movement with Arts Umbrella, and has been a resident Teaching Artist with Bard on the Beach since 2006 where she is involved in numerous programs: she facilitates workshops on Shakespeare and performance in schools throughout the lower mainland, she is the Coordinator for The Young Shakespeareans Program, and a founding member of both The Riotous Youth mentorship program, and of Bard in Your Neighbourhood, where she currently works with at-risk youth in a subsidized program for schools and organizations across the lower mainland. For her work in Bard in Your Neighbourhood, she recently received the PCRS Recognition Award -an award given by the Pacific Community Resources Society for individuals or groups who have given significant support to and made a difference in the lives of the people PCRS serves. She has led workshops in acting and performance with the Out On Screen Festival, and works as an acting and public speaking coach to individuals of all ages.
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Natalie Davidson (Program Assistant, True Voice Theatre Project)

 

ndavidsonOriginally from Calgary, Natalie is a queer theatre artist with a passion for interdisciplinary performance and community arts engagement. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta and has most recently performed and created in challenging new forms of theatre such as The Stranger with DLT Teatro, and MACHiNE NOiSY’s PROX:IMITY RE:MIX project, where she also has worked as a youth mentor. Select favourite acting credits include Ingrid in Blavatsky’s Tower (Studio Theatre), The Street Singer in The Threepenny Opera (Studio Theatre), and the title role in Lysistrata (University of Alberta).

Ariel Martz-Oberlander (Program Assistant, True Voice Theatre Project)

True Voice Theatre - Legend of the FirefliesAriel is a theatre artist, writer and community organizer living in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories. She is a recent graduate of the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. Her work seeks to answer how the principles of drama and scene study can help us connect to each other and communicate in a way that fosters resistance to the things that divide us, such as race, education and gender presentation. Recent credits include productions of her original work at Vines Festival and the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Barb McLean (President)

 

Barb McLeanPassionate about discovering, unleashing and enabling the creative spirit that dwells in individuals and organizations at all levels of artistic practice, Barb currently works as a cultural planner for the City and District of North Vancouver. Through her role with the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture, Barb provides municipal support for cultural programs, creative sector organizations, community arts organizations, and public art on Vancouver’s North Shore, and develops strategies and policies to help build the City and District of North Vancouver as communities that value arts and culture and offer a diverse range of activities that engage and bring people together.

 

Prior to joining North Vancouver Recreation & Culture, Barb was the Arts Program Manager at 2010 Legacies Now, an organization created to develop community legacies leading up to, during, and beyond the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games held in Vancouver, where she oversaw funding programs designed to strengthen arts, heritage and cultural organizations across British Columbia. Barb has held senior management positions with the Winnipeg and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, worked in the media arts program at the Banff Centre, and taught in the Arts Management program of Confederation College in Thunder Bay.

 

Parker Mah (Treasurer)

 

Parker MahCultural educator and creative soul, Parker has worked (and played) in various contexts as a musician, photographer, and community worker. His interests all revolve around the point at which different cultures meet, and the potential of creative and activist energies arising from this hybridity. Versed in multimedia techniques, Parker has lent his skills to community development  and rights advocacy organizations from Bangladesh to Senegal. In Montreal, where he is now based, he works to promote participative and citizen media as a tool for social change, especially among marginalized and immigrant populations, through workshops and community-building activities. His passion for oral history led him to work in post-production for the Life Stories Montreal project at the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University. He hosts World Skip the Beat, a weekly show dedicated to presenting underheard global sounds, on CKUT Radio 90.3 FM and is the Communications and Engagement Coordinator at Centre des Organismes Communautaires (COCo) in Montreal, an organization dedicated to promoting social justice, active citizenship, democracy, and just socio-economic development by supporting the development of healthy organizations and strong communities through education.

 

Parker recently participated in the feature-length film Être Chinois au Québec (Being Chinese in Quebec), a documentary presenting the young generation of Chinese in Quebec through reflections and interviews on issues of identity, integration and the impacts of discriminatory policies such as the Chinese head tax and the Chinese Exclusion Act in Canada.

 

Parker holds a Diploma in Jazz Studies from Capilano College and a Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia.

 

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David Bradford (Secretary)

 

David is an artisan specialized in hand crafting wooden boats. Based in Vancouver’s cultural community of Granville Island, the Alder Bay Boat Company which he founded 23 years ago honors this traditional craft by selecting high quality natural materials and dedicating to each work – whether canoe, row boat, sail boat, oar, or paddle – great care and attention in every detail. To introduce a broader audience to, and share his passion for this endangered art form, David has participated in the annual Granville Island Wooden Boat Festival for over 22 years, in which participants are introduced to the techniques of wooden boat building and invited discover the art hands-on, through the guided building of new vessels.

 

David is dedicated to the struggle of local and independent artists for a sustainable position within the local community and the global cultural market, and a passionate advocate for broad community access to a diversity of culture. He is President of the Artists & Artisans of Granville Island Association, and is a former board member of the False Creek Community Centre and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. David is President of the SS Master Society, a group dedicated to restoration and preservation of the SS Master, a wooden hulled, steam powered tug boat built in 1922. Moored in summer at the Granville Island Public Market Dock, David coordinates a number of public education and artistic programs including the recent Fringe Festival performance Greenland staged aboard the Master. In 2014 David coordinated the first annual Tugboat Festival on Granville Island.


Mattias Boon aka Matt L’ariko (Board Member)

Mattias BoonMattias Boon moved to Vancouver from Leuven, Belgium in 2008. A breakdancer, social/youth worker, and hip hop event organizer, Mattias is working to build local support for positive street cultures with a focus on hip hop and break-dance. In 2012 he established Streetrich Hip Hop Society as a Vancouver-based branch of the NGO Straatrijk which he founded and managed in Belgium. Under Straatrijk Mattias coordinated various national and international hip hop projects and events including exchange programs for youth in South America and Europe, and ‘Unbreakable’, a break-dance competition that has involved more than 3000 participants. Locally, the activities of Streetrich have already outreached more than 1000 participants.

 

Mattias has a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Welfare Studies from Leuven University College, and has developed effective programs centered around youth empowerment and culture as a Community Youth Worker with Douglas Park Community Center, Thunderbird Community Centre, Hastings Community Centre, the Roundhouse Community Centre, and the City of Leuven. Mattias currently works as Youth Program Coordinator with Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, supporting and developing the leadership potential of children and youth.


Jonathan Eng (Board Member)

 

Jonathan EngJonathan Eng is a drummer/percussionist of classical, jazz, swing, funk, and world music. As a teenager, Jon was hugely inspired by drummer Will Calhoun of the rock band Living Colour – captivated by their music and socio-political lyrics, Jon trained as a drummer by listening to their albums ‘Vivid’ and ‘Time’s Up’ on repeat, studying videos of Will Calhoun in concert, and memorizing every drum fill. From garage bands to jam sessions, Jon developed his skills by experimenting and learning from others, receiving his first formal music training at university, when he entered the University of Victoria to study with percussionist Sal Ferreras. There he was introduced to mallets and immersed himself in learning the marimba and vibraphone.

 

Jonathan continued his training at Humber College and the Banff Centre, and now combines work with various symphony orchestras (Victoria Symphony, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony), bands and jazz ensembles of the Canadian Forces, his jazz guitar, vibraphone and bass trio, and as a music educator teaching drum set and delivering master classes in public and private schools throughout Greater Victoria.

 

These days, artists on repeat include American jazz vibraphonists Milt Jackson and Lionel Hampton, blues musicians Susan Tedeshi and Derek Trucks, and funk band Tower of Power.

 

If you’re interested to get involved in Creativa International we’d love to hear from you!