Who we are

Founded in 2020, Industrial Parks Collective is a community-based producer of creative projects that reflect the diverse narrative of the Atlantic Region. We provide resources, collaboration, and learning opportunities for artists and creative professionals seeking project support and career development.

What we do

We help local creatives to earn a living doing what they love. Whether it’s new or emerging artists seeking funding for their dream project, or local creatives looking for freelance opportunities, we provide the tools and resources to help you to make the next step in your career as an artist.

Staff

Raven Blue – Executive Director

A longtime resident, organizer, and activist in Saint John, Raven (he/him) has been making experimental films and music from an early age and has a devoted affinity for taking photographs in his own neighborhoods. Raven brings a background of 25 years in music, film, design, and community arts programming.

Avery Theriault – Audiovisual Assistant

Avery (he/him) is a multi-disciplinary artist born in Saint John. Avery has been sharing his art and music with the local art scene for nearly a decade. During this time his paintings have been featured in local art galleries and he’s performed with his projects Ava Strange and Internal Night on stages all over eastern Canada. Avery has worked in various business and arts positions such as digital marketing strategist, marketing coordinator, guitar instructor, and audiovisual assistant.

Yukie Xie – Community Arts Coordinator

Originally from Toronto, Yukie Xie (she/her) is now living it up in Saint John, NB. Yukie is in her last year of the BBA degree Majoring in Marketing with a co-op under her sleeve. Yukie is outgoing and loves to meet new people, make new connections and bring the best out of The Maritimes, making her ideal for the role of community arts director! She also really likes animals ❤️

Board of Directors

Zara BoKay – President

Zara (she/they) was born in Saint John but never planned on staying; Now she’s been back for 7 years and can’t stop getting other people to move here. A queer femme, they currently work as a business consultant and customer success manager. In their spare (ha) time, you can find Zara outside, eating really good food or at home with her dog (Honey Badger) and (cat)

Marc Gosselin – Treasurer

Marc (he/him) has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years working in production. His extensive experience covers a wide spectrum of work, including instructing recording arts in post-secondary, studio production, live audio mixing, broadcast production, touring director and most recently video production/editing.

Jeff McLennan – Member at large

Jeff (he/him) is a Saint John artist, photographer, and musician. He has made numerous contributions to the local arts scene through community radio, film festivals, and collaborative art projects. As a visual artist, Jeff is interested in capturing unique textures. He started painting after a long exploration of photography – and those textures carried on into his new work. Experimentation and play are always present in his work.

Kaya Sleep – Secretary

Kaya Sleep (She/He) is a lifetime Johnner and a local singer and songwriter. Kaya has directly benefited from working with IPC to produce and release her first EP this year. Aside from music Kaya also has a post-secondary background in the non-profit sector and has served as administrative assistant and operations manager for other local organizations. She’s excited to merge her love of the arts and her administrative background as the Secretary for IPC!