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Ingrid Valou is a queer multidisciplinary artist, community advocate, and economic development pro who has served as President of the Vancouver Metal Arts Association (VMAA) since 2019. During this time, she led several R&D projects to create more spaces for Vancouver’s jewellery artists, including supporting the launch of a new residency and leading VMAA’s landmark metal arts hub feasibility project. Her studio practice explores stone setting as an allegory for the journey to find belonging.

She graduated from UBC in 2012 with a B.A. in anthropology and creative writing, and completed her public relations certificate from SFU in 2015. By day she works as the manager of economic development for Downtown Van; by nights and weekends, she tinkers at the kitchen table or in her Chinatown studio, and may be spotted performing in world fusion, indie rock, or video game music bands as a flutist and singer.

Board service:

President (2019-present)

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