Staff Profile: A message from Jessica Wadsworth, our new Program Manager

My name is Jessica Wadsworth and I have been engaged in cultural management for the last 9 years. I have worked in visual arts, theatre and dance, as well as in labour and the green industry.

I like to think I have an overview of culture in a few different regions in the world, particularly an understanding of how culture is managed. Based in Vancouver, I have had the pleasure of organizing and overseeing events, tours and exhibitions all over the world—including Germany, Greece, Croatia and North America.

I really like the work I do. It’s very rewarding to see my efforts have an impact on a community and that my work is important to culture because it has educational and social merit. I like creating bridges between the higher aspirations of art and the ‘real-world’ challenges that have to be overcome in order to express something profound. I’m fine with spreadsheets.

I most enjoy working with creative thinkers, artists, intellectuals and anyone motivated. I love it when people come together and everything just gels. I look forward to working directly with the membership of CADA/West. I’m curious to know about people’s experiences as they work with their bodies in our busy world.

I am here to support CADA/West in its role as an organization that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of artists. I have a vision for a number of professional development opportunities that I believe are important for dancers. I am going to be meeting with the Deputy Minister of Labour in Ottawa, officers at the Canada Council for the Arts and a number of other organizers who I think are going to make a big difference for CADA/West members over the coming years. I’m very optimistic about the future of our membership.

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Our Program Coordinator Kristina Lemieux is moving on to a new position as the Manager of Operations at the Canucks Autism Network.

We congratulate Kristina on this exciting news!

Having worked with Kristina these last 2.5 years, and having seen the extremely positive impact that she has had on our organization, we recognize that it is out of Kristina’s reputation and track-record as a very knowledgeable, creative and passionate arts manager that this new opportunity is born.

What a pleasure it has been to work with, and learn from, such an inspiring leader in our community! We wish you continued success!

Read about Kristina’s activities on her website:

Read Kristina’s report on 2012 at CADA/BC