Patricia Massy

Executive Director

Patricia is of Nêhiyaw, Métis, and English descent and a member of the As’in’î’wa’chî Ni’yaw Nation. She is a mother, changemaker, founder and non-profit director of Massy Arts Society, cofounder of the Indigenous Brilliance Reading Series, and owner of Massy Books – a new and used, Indigenous owned bookstore on the territory of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and selílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, formerly the site of k’emk’emeláy̓ village, and also known as Vancouver, BC. After spending a lifetime working at various bookstores and non-profits, she decided to open her own bookstore prioritizing the voices and stories of over-excluded authors and artists, and creating a place where people could gather, connect, and organize.

 

‘Niit, Jody di whyuu, Kitsumkalum di wil whatguu. My name is Jody Okabe and I am a Two Spirit Indigiqueer of Ts’msyen, Japanese and French ancestry and a member of Kitsumkalum. My family belongs to the House of Raven, W’aap Koom, Ganhada, and my people are from the sea. I grew up in Ts’msyen, Tse’Khene, and Lheidli T’enneh territory and am an uninvited guest here on the stolen, unceded and occupied homelands of the Xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓í̓witulh (Tsleil-Watuth) First Nations. I am a musician, facilitator, community outreach worker, and da’as biip (auntie/uncle). I am grateful to be joining the family at Massy and look forward to welcoming you, and working with you. Dii= łoomsk, sagayt= k’üülm g’oot. (with respect, all of one heart)

 

Faune Ybarra

Community Arts Coordinator/Curator

Currently situated in the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Waututh Nations, Faune Ybarra is a diasporic artist/art worker, researcher and educator from Oaxaca and Mexico City. Due to constant relocation, Faune conceives of her body as a site of translation from whence they attempt communication with the other-than-human. Current repositories of their work take the shape of “diasporic gestures”, weaving practices, photo-based objects, and arts programming for BIPOC Emerging Artists. Faune has developed, performed, exhibited, and spoken about their work across so-called Canada including Eastern Edge Gallery (St. John’s), Capture Photo Fest (Vancouver), The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery (St. John’s), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver) and Diasporic Futurisms (Toronto). They hold a BFA in Visual Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University.

 

Brandon Wint

Occasional Host and Moderator 

Brandon Wint is an Ontario-born poet, spoken word artist, educator and multi-disciplinary storyteller based in western Canada. For more than a decade, Brandon has been a sought-after touring performance poet, having shared his work all over Canada, and internationally at festivals and showcases in the United States, Australia, Jamaica, Latvia and Lithuania. Brandon is ever-grateful for the power of poetry as a spiritual technology and social force. He is devoted to using poetry as a tool for refining his sense of justice, love, and intimacy. Brandon Wint’s poems and essays have been published in The Ex PuritanEvent Magazine, Arc Poetry Magazine, and Black Writers Matter, among other places. Divine Animal (Write Bloody North, 2020) is his debut collection of poetry. His debut film, My Body Is A Poem/The World Makes With Me screened at DOXA Documentary Film Festival and Reelworld Film Festival in 2023.

 

Rafael Zen

Community Arts Coordinator/Curator

Rafael Zen is a visual artist, curator, writer, and educator from Brazil, currently living in the land of the Coast Salish peoples – Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam (also called Vancouver in its colonial statement). With over 10 years of experience in the cultural segment, he has worked with art collectives, owned a poetic school and book publisher, organized art fairs, and worked as commissioned artist in research projects. Academically, he holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary Artistic Processes and two graduate certificates in “Contemporary Literature” and “Semiotics”. Rafael’s research and curating practices are based on theories of decolonization, anti-capitalism, theories of systems of knowledge used as systems of oppression, contemporary poetic/political processes, and post-structuralism. In 2019, Rafael moved to Vancouver to study artistic practices, and experience new forms of community, and togetherness. He is author of the books: The Swallow Proposition (Poetry,2012); Oral Body (Short Stories, 2015); To The Grandchildren of the Millennium (Poetry, 2019); and Tropical Fevers (Poetry, 2021). In Vancouver, he is a writer for The Source Vancouver – Forum of Diversity.