The QAC is governed by a volunteer board of directors and relies on volunteers to assist the team with programs and special events. Our revenues come from government at the municipal and provincial level, sponsorships, foundations, memberships and donations.
The Quinte Arts Council is a registered charitable umbrella organization (#107869448RR0001) dedicated to promoting artists and arts organizations in all disciplines and to further appreciation of arts and culture in the Quinte region. The geographic region we serve is from the southern-most tip of Prince Edward County, north to Bancroft and east and west from Napanee to Brighton.
Brit Johnston (she/her) is a theatre artist and creative producer from Genabaajing Anishinaabek/Serpent River First Nation, ON. She specializes in play development and production, festival/event management, and community engagement best practices. Brit has worked with notable arts organizations including the Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA), Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA), National Arts Center (NAC) Indigenous Theatre, Ottawa Fringe, and the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA).
Andrea is the past Learning Support Coordinator for the Arts, Libraries, Literacy, and Technology at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. She supports Arts Education in Kindergarten through to Grade 12, connects classrooms to local artists, and facilitates opportunities for students to participate in gallery visits, cultural events, and performances in our community.
Andrea believes students should view and understand artistic expression from multiple perspectives and create for an audience beyond the school walls. The Arts surround us and creativity can be fostered and learned across all disciplines, so that our students will be able to value, question, generate, challenge, and extend ideas. She has recently been promoted to Vice Principal.
Andrea has worked with several organizations to co-plan student events such as the HPEDSB Bandfest, Annual Secondary Art Show at the Parrott Gallery, and the Downtown Belleville Student Art Show. She is currently working on projects to support Indigenous arts and expression, and the use of technology to transform, document, and assess the creative process. Andrea has been on the QAC Board since June 2015.
Rick was born in Toronto and moved to the Quinte Region as a child. He graduated from BCI&VS, and has a diploma from Seneca College, a B.A. from Queen’s University, a B.Ed. from Nipissing University and an M.Ed. from Queen’s University.
Rick has been working part-time as a professor at Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology in Belleville since retired from Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board in 2015, after a 32-year career. As a secondary school teacher Rick taught Visual Art, Stage Design, Computer Art and Communication Technology. At Loyalist he has taught numerous media courses in Art and Design as well as Photography and Art general education courses.
Rick, along with his wife Dr. June Rogers, have an 80 acre farm in the Stirling area with horses, dogs and cats. He has been an Auxiliary Police Constable with the Ontario Provincial Police and is an active member of the Porsche Club of America – Upper Canada Region. He also plays blues harp in a rock band. Rick has been on the QAC Board of Directors since 2019.
Maury was born and raised in Belleville. He attended McMaster University graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1993. He went on to obtain his CMA/CPA certification in 2000. Working at Nortel in Belleville from 1996 to 2008 exposed him to the Quinte Arts Council’s strong engagement with business through community festivals such as Two Weeks in May and local rotating art on the walls of Nortel.
Maury has been a volunteer board member and treasurer with the Quinte Film Alternative, helping bring the best of Canadian and international film to Belleville. He has engaged with the Downtown Belleville Business Improvement area as a board member, he is a heritage building owner and contributed variously to festivals and events in Belleville, including the odd ice sculpture, over the last 15 years. Maury has been on the QAC Board since 2019.
Rachael grew up in Belleville having graduated from Bayside Secondary School. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and Master of Accounting from Carleton University. She then obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 2021.
Rachael is currently employed as a Senior Accountant at Wilkinson & Company LLP and also marks the cumulative final examinations for CPA Canada.
Rachael has always loved participating and lending a hand in community events and organizations. From a young age she volunteered with the Quinte Arts Council, the Lung Association, and Volunteer & Information Quinte. During her time at university, she participated in tax clinics to prepare tax returns for low income residents.
During her free time, she enjoys exploring the Quinte area through hiking, biking and going to live music events in the area.
The Quinte Arts Council’s Annual General Meeting is held in the summer of each year. The meeting includes the election of the board of directors, reports on the QAC’s strategic planning initiatives, presentation of the Annual Report, networking and entertainment. Everyone is welcome.
View QAC Financial Statements as of December 31, 2022
“In 2021, as our community continued to pull through the pandemic, the arts quenched our spirits and pulled us together. During times of isolation and uncertainty, the arts added value to all of our lives. The arts have inspired, connected, challenged and brought joy when we needed those things most.”
View QAC Financial Statements as of December 31, 2021
“It was March 2020 and the QAC Team had just launched a hugely successful Women’s Day show with 25 artists and a packed gallery. We had collaborations in the works with the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board and the Downtown Belleville BIA and a Youth Arts Group. We’d recently met with Mayor Mitch Panciuk and MPP Todd Smith to talk about how we could work together to build an even stronger arts community in Quinte Region. And then overnight, everything changed….”
View QAC Financial Statements as of December 31, 2020
“2019 marked my one year anniversary as the Executive Director for the QAC. It was an exciting year of change, evolution and growth….”