Amir Ali Alibhai is well known to most artists throughout the Lower Mainland in BC, and across the province and the country through his work as an artist, curator, educator, volunteer and passionate contributor to the arts for the past twenty years.
Amir was one of the founders and past president of the Rungh Cultural Society, which published Rungh, a magazine of contemporary diasporic South Asian culture (1992-1997), and was part of the initial staff team that established and developed the innovative Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre . He was a cultural planner for the City and District of North Vancouver’s joint North Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs, before taking on his current role as executive director of the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture.
He has also worked as a gallery educator and curator at the Richmond Art Gallery (1989-1996), assistant and guest curator at the Surrey Art Gallery (1995-1997) and as an independent curator/cultural writer since 1989.
As a volunteer, Amir has served on various boards and committees throughout his career, including for several years on the board of ArtStarts in Schools and more recently, the board of the Canada Council for the Arts (2005-2008). Amir holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology (Immunology 1985), a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (Painting 1989) and a master’s degree in curriculum studies (art education 2000).