Thank you, Arlene James!

We are pleased and excited to announce an upcoming new bursary for students with financial need in the School for the Contemporary Arts, generously provided by Arlene James of the Arbex Holding Corporation.

Arlene was inspired to make this gift after touring the SCA's busy and diverse teaching spaces and facilities at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, lead by SCA Professor and Interim Director Arne Eigenfeldt. The variety of activities and the energy of the students in the School not only resonated with Arlene's own enthusiasm for the arts, but also with her commitment to social, environmental, and community values and her respect for dedicated work done well.

This bursary will directly assist student artists and performers complete their studies, helping to foster the vibrant arts scene of the future, both locally and globally. We deeply appreciate Arlene's support.

SFU provided me with scholarships and bursaries to have a solid education, and it fostered my love of community and life-long learning. I am inspired by its commitment to long term relationship building and creative collaborations to provide community engagement, arts and culture, innovation and entrepreneurship. It is truly my pleasure to give back and help students ease the financial burden of pursuing their dreams. ~~ Arlene James


Arlene James graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts  and is a graduate of BCIT’s Faculty of Management with a Double Diploma  in Business Administration. She spent 17 years fundraising  for a variety of non-profits in the Lower Mainland, including arts,  health, social services, community, environmental and legal  organizations. She also spent several years as a licensed real estate  broker, and brings a depth of organizational, communications, marketing,  analytical and business acumen skills to her work with Arbex Holding Corporation.

If you are also interested in supporting SCA students, you can donate here. Your support will help the disciplines of dance, film, music. theatre, and visual art continue to thrive and enrich communities in Canada and worldwide.