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Nelson International Mural Festival


Executive Director of the Nelson & District Arts Council

Founder of the Nelson International Mural Festival

Sydney Black loves making things happen, especially with teams of amazing people. She was born (and currently resides) on unceded Sinixt tum-xula7xw, Syilx and Ktunaxa territory known as Nelson, BC with her incredibly supportive husband and children.  She is grateful to the City of Nelson and all the sponsors, staff and volunteers for their help with making the Nelson International Mural Festival a success!




Festival Coordinator

Amber Santos is a multi-ethnic, multi disciplinary artist who also has a passion for art education and being part of making big things happen, like the Nelson International Mural Festival, and many community projects and murals over the years. She is excited about how we can shape our public space into a welcoming and inclusive space and how art can inspire conversations and connections. See her work at





Marketing Coordinator

Nicola Rough is an interdisciplinary artist and theatre performance student from Vancouver, BC. She is interested in working with organizations like NDAC who provide artists like herself with a platform to create and share their work. Nicola has performed in theatre shows internationally and has an ongoing studio practice in Nelson, BC. She is interested in how her positive experiences with intense collaboration, both in theatre and visual art, can apply to arts administration work.

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