Barbara Chirinos is a creator of stellar events and a dedicated advocate for art and artists. As a woman of Indigenous Central American and Black American heritage, she stands proudly in her unique place in history, and uses this location to build bridges between indigenous, local, and international communities, creating culturally complex, thoughtful, and seamlessly organised celebrations.
Since moving to Vancouver in 2002, she has held positions with the Vancouver International Film Festival; the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society; the Vancouver Folk Music Festival; Vision Vancouver; and the HomeGround Festival. Other arts involvement includes being a board member of the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, Working Spark Theatre and the Haida Gwaii Film Festival Society. Barbara was also an active member of the City of Vancouver Planning Committee to launch Black History Month, and continues to bring people together as the current Executive Director of the Granville Island Cultural Society.