The Hollywood Arts Foundation was created in 2016 by members of the Save the Hollywood Theatre Coalition in order to save arts and culture venues in Vancouver. The loss of theatres, movie houses, bookstores, music institutions and other cultural businesses has accelerated in the last decade, under the pressure of real estate development. We feel that culture is an invaluable resource for a positive future in our city. It is the element through which we can better understand each other, how we can live together and make our city our home. The Hollywood Arts Foundation is dedicated to helping arts and culture organizations and venues to thrive in Vancouver.
Larry Benge is trained as an architect, works as a designer, is an affiliate with the Masters of Urban Design program at UBC, and is involved in volunteer work with the Save the Hollywood Theatre Coalition, West Kitsilano Residents Association (co-chair) and is also co-chair of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods. He lives in Kitsilano near the Hollywood Theatre.
David Duprey is passionate about offering Vancouverites eclectic spaces, places for food and drink, dance, art and music rife with character and history. His businesses encourage people to unshackle themselves and let their creativity run wild. All of our projects are a little left of centre. David Duprey believes that remarkable things happen when creative-minded people join forces to forge newfangled artistic paths. With four live music venues, five art galleries, two restaurants, one bar/lounge, a music festival and an abundance of affordable studio space for hundreds of working artists now under our belt, his journey is just beginning. Raised in Vancouver David loves the way this city continues to evolve and grow. It is our mission to give agency to this grassroots artistic movement in Vancouver. We take pride in maintaining the architectural integrity of this city through refurbishment and reinvention.
Steve Edge is the artistic director of the Rogue Folk Club which he founded almost 30 years ago. He has been named the Slaight Music Family’s Unsung Hero, in association with the Canadian Folk Awards. He was also awarded a place on the B.C. Walk Of Fame on Granville Street for his work in promoting folk music in Vancouver. Recently, he contributed to save the Rogue Folk Club’s venue, St. James Hall, rescued from developers by the city. Steve Edge has been a proponent of folk music since starting his show Edge On Folk at University of B.C. radio station CITR almost four decades ago.
Thierry Garrel is a film producer and documentary programmer. he worked during four decades in France for the public television and was knighted Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and Prix des Auteurs de la Scam 2015. He founded in 1987 and directed for 21 years the Documentary Department of ARTE, the European Cultural TV Channel publicly financed by France and Germany. Since 2009, he works as a consultant and tutors international seminars and workshops focusing on young documentary creators and professionals. In Vancouver, he is curating for the fourth year the “French French” program for the DOXA documentary festival.
Terry David Mulligan is an actor and radio and tv personality. He was a host and producer for shows on Global TV, BCTV, CBC, Star, City TV and MuchMusic where he covered the West Coast music and film scene. He also hosts Mulligan Stew for CKUA Radio (province wide in Alberta) and on RoundHouse Radio in Vancouver. Mulligan is a prolific character actor who has had roles in many movies and television series including, notably, The Accused, The X-Files, Robson Arms, Hard Core Logo and the 2005 Fantastic Four movie. Mulligan has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the West Coast Awards show The Leos. He’s also been inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. He was named “Broadcaster of the Year” for 2011 by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters. He also co-hosts a TV series called Hollywood & Vines with fellow actor Jason Priestley which is filmed at wine vineyards around the world. Currently, Terry produces and hosts Tasting Room Radio a weekly food and wine show on RoundHouse Radio, and has just launched a Mulligan Stew Podcast that covers Music.Film. Food. Wine.
Michèle Smolkin was trained as an architect in Paris (France), moved to Vancouver in 1983 where she became a radio and tv documentary producer for French CBC, Radio-Canada. She has produced, written and directed several cultural and societal documentaries and has published two novels in Québec. She has served as a board member, jury member or volunteer on several Vancouver non for profit organizations, like Les Productions Figlio, Save the Hollywood Theatre Coalition, Audiovisual Archives of BC, Real 2 Reel Festival, Jewish Film Festival, Leo Awards, AIBC Awards, VIFF, Vancouver Writers Festival, Feed the Hungry, Truth and Reconciliation, Ciné-Roman.
Michael Wiebe: Vancouver Park Board Commissioner, owner of Eight 1/2 restaurant lounge, MPBIA Co-president, Portside Pub Corporate Food Manager, and passionate Vancouverite. Commissioner Wiebe grew up skating on Jericho Pond, swimming at English Bay, and cycling in Stanley Park. He’s now a local business owner and community leader who wants to enhance Vancouver’s parks and facilities. With a degree in business administration, he worked for the provincial government before opening his own restaurant, Eight 1/2, based on sustainable principles, including zero waste. Commissioner Wiebe is a director of the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area and a leader in zero waste, and has spoken internationally.