North Vancouver City Hall Piano

North Vancouver City Hall Piano
141 14th Street West
Pianos on the Street returns to the Civic Plaza for the second year running. This year, the piano is being painted by Sutherland DiverCity, a gender and sexual alliance club at Sutherland School led by Sam Nygard. The club works tirelessly to educate the community about LGBTQ+ issues. The group is excited to participate in the Pianos on the Street painting project and see it as an opportunity to build awareness about LGBTQ+ issues through art. The Studio in the City program is an initiative of the City of North Vancouver that provides youth with opportunities to apprentice in the arts on various public art canvasses and landscapes.
Sutherland DiverCity Club + Studio in the City, lead artists Sam Nygard + Sierra Tasi Baker
Barb McLean, Cultural Services Officer
North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission

Barb brings her passion for culture, people and community to her work at the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission every day. Whether she’s searching for locations for the Pianos on the Street program, coordinating North Shore Culture Days celebration, or collaborating on new programming, Barb is living (and promoting) the “C” (culture) in NVRC.

A violinist from an early age, Barb originally saw herself working in therapeutic recreation but a co-op job with an inner-city arts centre changed all that and she went on to pursue her degree in Arts Administration and Music Performance. She’s worked with professional orchestras in Vancouver and Winnipeg, and with various artistic and government organizations, including the Banff Centre, the Open Learning Agency, Knowledge Network, BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Services department. Her experience includes music programming, artist management, media production and marketing, grants administration, and helping arts groups expand their potential. Prior to starting with NVRC, she worked with 2010 Legacies Now overseeing funding programs designed to strengthen arts, heritage and cultural organizations across BC.

Barb’s enthusiasm for working with community groups and the potential for cultural animation and diversity in the civic sphere is contagious and based on her deep values and commitment to arts and culture.

“Pianos on the Street has struck a chord with the North Vancouver residents! A focal point at popular gathering places, the colourful pianos are a catalyst for drawing people together and sparking conversations between strangers. They provide a friendly performance platform for pianists of all ages and abilities – inspiring some to pursue a new, or renewed, passion for the piano.”