January 20, 2020
We are excited to announce that Andy Francom has joined our team as the new Audience Services Manager. We recently sat down with Andy to learn more about her and what she does for the Festival:
Can you tell us a little about your role at the Festival?
As the Audience Services Manager, I’m all about helping kids and families make wonderful memories together at the Festival. It’s such a privilege to help foster a passion for creative expression, imagination and fun within the community! I also get to work with our incredible team of volunteers: making them feel welcome, supported and valued just as much as the attendees. We couldn’t do this without them.
What are your initial thoughts and experiences?
The team at VICF is incredibly supportive and passionate about what they do – I’ve never felt so instantly ‘part of the team’ as I have with them!
Please tell us why you decided to get involved with the Festival?
I’m always looking for new ways to engage with the community and to get people passionate about the arts and the value of a great experience over material goods. Getting kids and families involved and passionate in playing together and fostering a love for creativity and real-world experiences is so exciting for me!
Have you attended the Festival before?
Unfortunately not. But I’m a kid at heart so I’m super excited for the chance to participate (and work) at it this year!
What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
I love to read – I go through about a book a week. Otherwise anything creative: rug-hooking, sewing, cooking, playing piano, drawing, painting…crafting!
What do you wish other people knew about the Festival?
That it’s not just for kids! The programming may be family friendly but at its core the festival is all about playfulness, imagination and fun – which really has no age limit!
What would you consider your hidden talent?
I am a master bubble gum bubble-blower.
How are you involved in your community?
I volunteer at the Van Dusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory as a docent. It’s a great opportunity for me to keep on learning and to share my love of the natural world with visitors. Plus, I get to hang out in a beautiful, lush environment with wonderful people and a really interesting array of birds (some of which have huge, wildly entertaining personalities).
What part of the Festival are you looking forward to the most?
The chance to get out from behind the desk and join in the fun! It’s always rewarding to see your hard work pay off and to meet face-to-face the folks who’ve come out for a good time!
How do you get creatively playful?
I like to leave little notes and doodles for people to brighten their day. I’ve also been known to break into song – just little ditties I make up on the spot. I love dancing like a fool and with me the pun is always intended.