Who We Are


The Hornby Island Arts Council (HIAC), established in December 1998, is in a period of profound transition. Having moved between insecure and inadequate spaces for two decades, we stand prepared to establish an Arts Centre.

Hornby has an outsized reputation in the arts. With 1/10th the population, we have more artist studios than Saltspring Island: Hornby may have the highest per-capita density of artists in all of Canada.

HIAC’s goal, like most charitable non-profits, is to improve quality of life. Our constitution mandates that this is accomplished by: increasing and broadening opportunities to appreciate, enjoy and participate in artistic and cultural activities through events and workshops, improving the standards of artistic expression in our community, and establishing an Arts Centre where diverse forms of creative expression can be supported.

HIAC delivers programs with broad participation including approximately 90 events a year. Our work improves local prosperity and social and environmental solidarity. We celebrate our artists and their inestimable contributions to our community’s values and institutions. HIAC employs transparent standards for engaging artists and the public in our services while ensuring that our programs reflect our island’s social and cultural diversity. We strive to support the widest possible range of artistic expression year-round, and we are growing to meet what is in store as we transform.

The Board:

Louise McMurray, President; Ted Goodden, Vice President; Judith Fletcher Elkins, Treasurer; Indika Gnanaratna, Board; John Struthers, Board; Courtney Pratt, Acting Board

The Staff:

Andrew Mark, Executive Director; Sonja Goldsmith, Bookkeeper; Heather Royal Brant, Youth and Indigenous Connections Coordinator; Juniper Slieker, Summer Intern

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