Arts Council of New Westminster Staff

Executive Director
Stephen O'Shea
Stephen O'Shea (he/him/his) is a professional arts administrator with extensive program coordination experience. He is a dedicated arts advocate who has devoted his life to creating culturally enriching experiences, communities, and infrastructure. Providing strategic and organizational leadership, Stephen connects the broader community with vibrant arts scenes. As an engaging and versatile community builder, he can create strong linkages between institutional and underground stakeholders. Stephen has served as the Executive Director of the Arts Council of New Westminster since March 2015.

Before his work with the Arts Council, Stephen was the program director with the Devon Clifford Music Foundation (2012-2014) and the Artistic Director with the Jam in Jubilee summer concert series in Abbotsford (2011-2014). Stephen has previously served as the Chair of the City of New Westminster's Public Art Advisory Committee, Secretary on the Board of Directors of Tourism New Westminster, and the City of New Westminster's Arts Commission. The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce recognized Stephen as 'Citizen of the Year' at the 2018 Platinum Awards.

Beyond his work as an arts administrator, Stephen is an award-winning minimal sound artist and songwriter. As a co-founding member of the new-wave band You Say Party (formerly You Say Party! We Say Die!), he has toured across three continents and played hundreds of shows in dive bars, all-ages spaces, and music festivals. He now finds himself staying closer to his home and exploring new avenues of songwriting. In 2019, Stephen released EXPANSE, an audio-visual composition created with Montreal-based artist Daniel Ross. Nominated for two categories (Electronic, Experimental) at the 2019 Fraser Valley Music Awards, EXPANSE won in the Electronic category.
Program Manager
Laura Grady
Laura Grady is passionate about building relationships between artists and the community. As a creative person who has been surrounded by arts and crafts her entire life, Laura values the role art plays in our lives. Through her work, she is committed to programming spaces and opportunities for artists that celebrate inclusion and diversity. Prior to her role as Program Manager with the Arts Council of New Westminster, Laura spent over 15 years as a freelance writer producing content for various newspapers, online publications and National magazines such as Canadian Living and Today's Parent. Laura has volunteered her time and communication skills to multiple organizations, including Union Gospel Mission, Medical Missions International, and The Vancouver International Children's Festival. When not coordinating arts events, Laura enjoys photography, reading, spending time with her family, and learning new arts and craft skills.