Everyone who works at artspace has been carefully chosen for their expertise, dedication to children and the arts, and desire
to better the community. Instructors are professional artists and skilled educators who are passionate about guiding, inspiring and
sharing the joy of the arts with young children. Their goal is to inspire children to express themselves and explore their world,
which will help lay a strong foundation for a child's future.

Winnie Tam | Founder & Director

artspace is founded and operated by Winnie Tam (BA, BEd) whose own life has been enriched by musical and artistic exploration. Combined with her teaching experience, Winnie has extensive management experience at some of Canada’s most innovative and renowned arts, educational, and cultural organizations in Vancouver, including Arts Umbrella. She was also the principal of her own arts and education consulting firm, providing management and development expertise to education and arts organizations. Strongly believing that all children should have the opportunity to be enriched by high quality arts exploration, Winnie established artspace as a social enterprise by offering arts outreach initiatives to children in Burnaby. Winnie is a parent of two children whose creativity, imagination, and love of dance, music, and art inspired her to fulfill her dream of opening artspace in her family’s community of Burnaby Heights.


MICHAEL ALLARD | Since Michael was five years old he knew drawing funny pictures was the most fun he could have. Michael received his art training at Alberta College of Art and Vancouver Film School and has worked in various animation studios in Vancouver. Michael has extensive teaching experience in fundamentals of drawing & painting, illustration, cartooning and animation. He has taught students from age 3 to adults both privately and at various art schools in Calgary and in Vancouver, including Arts Umbrella. Michael’s creative, innovative approach to teaching includes humour and fun. “I enjoy inspiring students to bring their own interests and curiosities to their art work.”

CLARISSA ARGUETA | Clarissa is an award-winning graphic designer and visual artist. With a Master of Fine Arts from University of Illinois, Clarissa has taught visual arts to children and youth both privately and for School District 40 (New Westminster) and the Arts Council of New Westminster. “I firmly believe that getting children and youth involved in arts is a powerful way to enhance and nurture their imagination, curiousity, and natural talents.”

JULIE CASSELMAN | Julie, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Music from Trinity Western University, is a composer, sound designer, and performer based in Vancouver. As an experienced performing arts educator, Julie has worked with children and youth at Gallery 7 Theatre and Gateway Theatre. “I believe that the arts have an incredible impact on children’s self-esteem, social skills, mental health, and critical thinking.”

EMILY CHAN |Emily is a multi-instrumentalist who can play ukulele, piano, guitar, and drums. She has been certified to teach by the James Hill Ukulele Initiative, and has experience with children as a music educator, tutor, and workshop facilitator. She has taught ukulele, piano, and skiing, and is excited to use her teaching skills to mentor students in the Kid’s Club program. Her goal is to create a learning environment where her students feel safe and supported. “Teaching is a such unique privilege. I love to help equip students to succeed!”

TAMI CLINE | Tami is known to pick out books from the library based on the illustrations on the cover and inside; some of her favourite books of all time were chosen that way. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (back before it became a University) and while she majored in Photography, she also studied drawing, printmaking and painting for a few years before getting behind the lens. Tami has taught privately with children ages two and up including her own two daughters who are amazing artists themselves.  “I love making art with children. They see things without filters and share their views in unique and surprising ways.”

SAMANTHA DOWDELL | Samantha is an active musician, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer with teaching experience in private lessons and studio classes for voice and singing.  She performed with Coastal Sound Youth Choir and has completed her Bachelor of Arts from SFU. “My goal is to cultivate a children’s vocal program that inspires kids to express themselves with their voices and to learn the value of teamwork and harmony.”

SILENE RAZO | Silene is a Vancouver based dance artist who completed her Bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Dance at Contempodanza in Mexico City. Silene is a contemporary dancer who has trained in a variety of dance genres including ballet and jazz, and is an award-winning professional performer who has danced internationally. Silene has taught dance to children and adults in various dance education facilities and is passionate about creating choreography.

ELIZABETH YANG | Elizabeth loves singing and playing piano, bass and ukulele. As an experienced music educator and a certified ukulele instructor, Elizabeth loves to share her passion for music with others. Her favourite pastime is jamming with her family and friends as well as teaching music in the community. Elizabeth has spread her love of music in Montreal, New York and Guatemala, where she taught ukulele to local music teachers. “Music allows people to connect and have fun together. Music is truly a universal language!”

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