DC Art Gallery’s new executive director returns to invigorate art programming in his hometown

DAWSON CREEK, BC – Dawson Creek product and new Dawson Creek Art Gallery General Manager Duncan Malkinson is back in town to build on previous art programming.

Malkinson stepped into the role about two weeks ago. He says he wants to expand the work of his predecessor, Marsha Stewart, and continue to develop educational and summer programs for children and adults.

“I think there has been a good development there recently. I think it would be interesting to see what opportunities there are for partnerships between galleries and companies. Maybe through art rentals or more targeted programs or private events,” Malkinson said.

He added that these are only preliminary ideas and that further details will be worked out after discussions with staff and members.

“I really owe it to the team and the members to learn the history and how things are going before I go over some of these new initiatives.”

Although he enjoys art, Malkinson says he hasn’t gone so far as to put paint on canvas yet, but plans to do so soon.

“I’m looking forward to taking some of the gallery classes to get some helpful instruction from some of our programming staff who are far more knowledgeable and creative than me.”

With a bachelor’s degree in economics and a background in nonprofits, Malkinson says her first two weeks have been a bit of a learning curve. Yet he is nonetheless happy to be part of a “really cool” institution in the community.

“It will be really good to see how far our outreach can go to gain new members, diversify and expand some of our programming, and bring more people under the gallery umbrella,” Malkinson said.

“I am passionate about what the gallery can do for arts and culture in the community. [The gallery] is a real asset to the quality of life. That’s something great and unique about Dawson Creek.

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