Meet our Staff


An important part about building community is getting to know the friendly faces behind the initiative. Meet our amazing staff members who assist in facilitating safe spaces to house artistic endeavours through mental health advocacy. We could not engage in such robust and dynamic arts and mental health programming without the collaboration of many individuals.

Thank you to our participants, alumni, volunteers, board members, funders, community partners, creative partners, health care workers, and many more who continue to build this community with us.

photography by Joanie Peters

Uyen Pham – Executive Director


Uyen Pham (she/her) is Artbeat Studio’s Executive Director and works to bring successful leadership, management, and delivery of programs, services, and initiatives that support the ‘voice’ of Artbeat Studio.

Uyen’s excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills were developed and honed through nearly 15 years of working in the nonprofit sector as an Accountant’s Assistant, Programs Manager, and Executive Assistant prior to coming to Artbeat. No stranger to wearing multiple hats, Uyen dons what’s necessary to aide in the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization to better serve its community and the health of its members.

Uyen earned her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, double majoring in Marketing and Human Resources Management. In her free time, Uyen enjoys trying new and different restaurants, exploring new countries, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.

What inspires your creative expression?

I was drawn to Realism as a kid, drawing still life in grade school and poring over small details to make sure I've got them all to make my picture as life-like as possible. Now, my creativeness is inspired by Anime, which is largely characterized by colourful graphics, vibrant characters, and fantastical themes - which is how I like to view my surroundings: brightly coloured filled with cool and complex beings with imagination to bring forth a better world.

Nigel Bart – Studio Facilitator



Nigel Bart (he/him) founded Artbeat Studio in 2005 with the support of his parents and the community. He continues to be an integral part of the organization as the Studio Facilitator of the Artist-in-Residency program aiding in the mentorship and facilitation of artists in recovery.

Nigel was born in 1975, the second of 5 boys to parents Lucille and Ernie Bart.  Music, art, and poetry have always played a strong role in his development. In late adolescence, Nigel developed schizophrenia.  He graduated from Fine Arts in 1999 with a major in Videography. His achievements include being the recipient of many awards including the Honorary Artist award from the Manitoba Foundation of the Arts in 2004 and The Flag of Hope award from the Schizophrenia Society of Canada in 2005.  Nigel was a member of The Hallway Group (Mental Health Commission of Canada) from 2009 to 2018 and has been a strong advocate for mental health rights on a national level.  In his art practice, he developed an award-winning performance and video piece entitled Inside Out shown across Canada and has had work displayed at the National Gallery of Canada.  

What inspires your creative expression?

Artists like Willem De Kooning and Jean-Michel Basquiat and the Abstract Expressionists inform my practice. 

Ksenia Broda-Milian - Executive Assistant


Ksenia Broda-Milian (she/her) is the Executive Assistant and works directly with the Executive Director to cultivate and strengthen the relationships with members of the community, volunteers, funders, as well as with employees throughout the organization.

Ksenia is a trained theatre artist who has worked as a set, costume, and lighting designer and educator across Canada. She holds a BSc in biology and BAH in theatre from the University of Winnipeg, where she also studied sociology; as well as an MFA from the University of Alberta, and has trained extensively in contemporary dance. She is also passionate about creating a more accessible world and has studied the subject with organizations based in Canada, Europe, and the United States.

Ksenia is interested in storytelling, elements of movement and transformation, and collaborative practice. As much of her work in theatre involved model-making and costume renderings, she often uses unconventional materials and textures, and is excited to use those in the world of visual art. She believes in the importance of the creative arts as a means of personal expression, a way of building connections between individuals and communities, and as a joyful process. Anyone can make art!

What inspires your creative expression?

Coming from theatre, a sense of storytelling and/or creating atmosphere are important to me. I love working in a multidisciplinary way and learning about different creation methods! 

Marissa Hoff – Art Program Director



Marissa Hoff (she/her) is the Art Program Director at Artbeat Studio, where she oversees the planning and daily operation of their urban arts centre, Studio Central. She acknowledges that creativity can be a vulnerable process, and values the opportunity to house a safe, accessible space where others can experience different forms of art through free workshops and establish a sense of belonging in their community.

With a B.EnvD. from the University Of Manitoba School Of Architecture, Marissa has developed her design education into an appreciation for the social make up of community and a concentration on how arts and culture strengthen the built environment. Within an aspect of social care, Marissa has been involved with working and volunteering at Siloam Mission, as well as multiple fundraising efforts for the MS Society. She is interested in the sense of community and vibrancy present in downtown Winnipeg, and values the individual creation and vitality which art can bring. Marissa practices visual art through paper collage, print layouts, and simple form sculpture.

What inspires your creative expression?

My inspiration stems from an appreciation of identity and space, as well as the exploration of new materials and methods to conceptualize ideas. The work of Louise Bourgeois, Frederick Kiesler, Isamu Noguchi, and David Umemoto greatly influence my creative process.

James Dixon – Community Projects Coordinator



James Dixon (he/him) is the Community Projects Coordinator and works closely with alumni while engaging our central community. He is dedicated to creating space for creative growth and forging new partnerships that engage the public with Artbeat Studio's message of hope and recovery.

James is an Indigenous filmmaker and artist based in Winnipeg. With a BA in Film and Indigenous Studies from the University of Manitoba, James’ work revolves around his personal process of decolonization. His films have exhibited widely in Canada, broadcasted on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and collected by the Alexander Street Press.

James is an accomplished arts educator who has worked with Freeze Frame, the Winnipeg Film Group, and Camp Aurora, providing workshops on film history, documentary film making, and painting for both youths, and adults.  James brings his enthusiasm and creativity to Artbeat Studio, with demonstrated experience and knowledge working within community development, media arts and management. 

What inspires your creative expression?

I’ve always been drawn to the work of Canadian artist William Kurelek, his work is realistic and symbolic, an ongoing search for artistic identity through an idiosyncratic and deeply personal manner.