Melinda Mollineaux appointed Canada Council Equity CoordinatorMonday, July 26 2010
Ottawa, March 10, 2006 – Melinda Mollineaux, a visual artist who previously worked as a Canada Council program officer, has been appointed Coordinator of the Equity Office at the Canada Council for the Arts.
The Canada Council’s Equity Office is responsible for developing and implementing policies and initiatives in the area of cultural diversity, and for ensuring that visible minority artists and arts organizations have an equal opportunity to access the Council’s funding programs.
Born in London, England to parents from the Caribbean, Ms. Mollineaux also lived in Trinidad before moving to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1981. She studied art at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and the University of Victoria, where she received her MFA degree in visual arts. As a visual artist she explored the historical presence of Black communities in western Canada and was involved with various arts organizations and artist-run centres on Canada’s west coast, including the Or Gallery, Artspeak Gallery and Boo Magazine. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada and has appeared in numerous art publications.
She arrived at the Canada Council in 1999, where she spent six years as a program officer in the Council’s Visual Arts Section. She has been acting in the Equity Coordinator position since June, 2005 and was permanently appointed to the position effective Feb. 20, 2006.