Open Access Foundation for Arts and Culture


Vanessa Kwan

Vanessa is an artist, producer, and curator with a focus on collaborative, site-specific and cross-disciplinary practices. They are currently Program Director at grunt gallery on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories (Vancouver, Canada).

They have worked in artistic leadership roles since 2003, contributing to organizations such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, Access Gallery, Powell Street Festival and Out On Screen. They regularly write, speak and publish on art and culture, and since 2017 have been producing residency projects across the Pacific Rim (Vancouver, Seoul, Melbourne and Sydney) exploring artist-led creative exchange. In addition they have produced significant public art works including Geyser for Hillcrest Park (with Erica Stocking), Speaker A, a permanent sound installation co-created with Theatre Replacement (Maiko Yamamoto and James Long) and Particles, an upcoming collaborative media work.

Heather McCain

Heather (they) is founder and Executive Director of Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods. Heather’s experiences with disabilities, neurodivergence, inaccessibility, and ableism led them to become a well-known and respected advocate, speaker, and educator. Heather’s proudest to be known as a Crip Doula, a Disability Justice term for someone who helps disabled people navigate complex systems, provide resources, and build community.

Cecily Nicholson

Cecily Nicholson is the author of Triage, From the Poplars, winner of the BC Poetry Prize, and Wayside Sang which won the Governor General’s award for English-language poetry. She volunteers with communities impacted by carcerality and works in education. Cecily was the 2021 Writer-in-Residence for the University of Windsor.

Regan Shrumm

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