Barbara La Pointe
Barbara La Pointe is passionate about art, and about bringing the arts to children and to the Calgary community. Barbara is an art education specialist who has spent nearly two decades teaching art to children and volunteering in the arts and non-profit sector with a special focus on social issues which impact women and children. Her work with the Junior League of Calgary, a women’s organization — that promotes volunteerism, the potential of women, and community improvement — earned her the 2008 Vanessa Leanne Aiston Memorial Award for highest member contribution.
Most recently, Barbara worked as Program Director for the non-profit program Run, Jump and Play. For three years she worked strategically with the Art Gallery of Calgary to build and implement a curriculum for the Visual Literacy Component of Run, Jump and Play to benefit at-risk and low-income Calgary families. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Barbara owned and operated Michelangelo’s Art Gallery in downtown Calgary. More recently, she has been teaching art to indigenous girls in Calgary through Stardale, and to students at the Siksika Nation school.
A dedicated educator, Barbara advocates the strong link between art and academics. She deeply believes that participation in the arts has the power to strengthen and positively transform children, families, and schools. She has a natural ability to connect with children and a clear passion for art education.
In a world where art is commonly misunderstood, her teaching practice sets out to educate families by opening meaningful dialogues about the arts and our connection to humanity. As a Cree Métis, and a mother of two artistic children, Barbara is committed to creating a world-class Children’s Arts Centre in Calgary, a place for children to learn, create and display their art, and heal through art therapy.
Her professional associations include being a Certified Golden Artist Educator, a Member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the National Art Education Association, and the Canadian Society for Education through Art.
Richelle Wiseman is a published writer, artist and communications consultant. She has been the senior communications executive with several companies and organizations including: VISION TV, The Green Channel, The Centre for Faith and the Media, and the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. She is also a freelance journalist, researcher and writer with articles published in major Canadian media outlets.
Richelle has been a lifelong supporter of the arts in Toronto, Regina, and Calgary. In Toronto, she was on the board of directors of Brookstone Performing Arts Theatre. In Regina, she did public relations work and event planning for the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, the Saskatchewan Publishers Association, and the Saskatchewan Book Awards. In Calgary, she was the founding Board Chair for Corps Bara Dance Theatre and Crossings Dance School.
She has extensive experience in cross-cultural communications and engagement and she is experienced with ethnic and religious communities and their unique communications issues. She has taught communications, writing and public speaking at 4 colleges and universities in western Canada.
Richelle has an MA in Communication. She is a member of InterNations, Media Diplomat, Business Networking International (BNI Elite Chapter, Calgary) and the International Association of Business Communicators.