Lending Library Survey 2024 📚

As you may already know, ArtsLink NB has a Lending Library full of books, ebooks, and equipment that can help you make or document your art, and it’s free to use for our members.

Our annual Lending Library survey helps us learn what kinds of equipment and resources our members need and would like to have available in the future.


Recommendations from the Arts and Culture Sector

October 19, 2023

Several key cultural industry associations and groups met recently to discuss the state of the arts and culture sector in NB. As important voices advocating for the arts and culture sector, we submit these insights and recommendations to further strengthen and support the vital contributions made by this sector.

It is time to recognize the importance of arts and culture in New Brunswick.


CATAPULT Applicant Info Session for 2023

Are you an artist needing help on how to be purposeful and organized about the business side of your practice? Artists need the work habits that would allow any entrepreneur or small business owner to succeed in their field. Over an 8-week period, CATAPULT participants receive training in fundamental entrepreneurial skills.

CATAPULT Applicant Info Session

Apply for the Fall 2023 session by September 4th!

Have questions about CATAPULT and/or the application process? Sign up for an online information session on Wednesday, August 16 @ 12pm via Zoom.

Can’t make the date? No problem, let us know by selecting the sign up button we will send you a copy of the session.

New Brunswick Eduarts Hub: Arts and Wellness

The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning is delighted to partner with ArtsLink NB on an Eduarts Hub that will be available both in-person at the Sanctuary Theatre in Saint John and virtually, on Wednesday, April 26, from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Learn from professionals working in the field of arts and wellness from both the artistic and therapeutic/medical sides. Share your experiences and join in the conversation. Refreshments will be provided.

Eduarts Hubs. ArtsLink and the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning invite you to a discussion on Arts and Wellness

Can’t make it in person?

Learn from artistic facilitators and support organizations providing wellbeing initiatives to schools and the community
Share your thoughts and experiences on wellbeing and the role of the arts in addressing 
Discover opportunities for artistic collaboration in a variety of settings throughout the community
Be Inspired by creative projects and opportunities for growth in New Brunswick and beyond

Event Schedule

4:00 pm – Welcome and opening remarks by the Canadian Network for Arts & Learning and ArtsLink NB
4:10 pm – Presentation by artist Deanna Musgrave
4:30 pm – Presentation by Chroma
4:50 pm – Networking with refreshments (opportunities to speak with arts therapist Patricia Harrity, representatives from VanGo! and NB Copes and others) 
5:10 pm – Roundtable discussions
6:00 pm – Wrap-up


Image of Deanna Musgrave

Deanna Musgrave is well-known for her work as an artist creating colourful mural-sized paintings across New Brunswick; however, she is also devoted to researching connections between art and healing. She completed her thesis titled “Connecting Crossmodal Interactions in Visual Music to create ‘Mindful’ Experiences” as part of her Master of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick. Through her part-time position as artist-teacher of CollectionARTNB’s “VanGo!” program, she visits schools across the province to share the art collection and leads students in workshops focused on what she terms “Mindful Guided Art.” She is certified in Hypnotherapy, Akashic Field Therapy™, Cognitive Energy Healing™ and holds a Reiki Masters, which she utilizes to assist clients and create art. She also has a monthly “Astrology for Creators” column in “The Artful Mind” Magazine, an arts publication in the Berkshires, Massachusetts, USA. She is currently completing a Counselling Skills Diploma from the Orca Institute in British Columbia, CA.

Chroma. Pride, inclusion, equality. Logo.

Chroma: Pride, Inclusion, Equality Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides support for 2SLGBTQIA+ people in the Saint John Region. Chroma commits to advocating for and collaborating with our community, as well as providing 2SLGBTQIA+ education to all. We promote positive initiatives for the community and conduct research to highlight gaps in services and policy to encourage positive change.

Mariah Darling They/He/She, Education Coordinator at Chroma NB
Born and raised in Saint John, Mariah received their Bachelor of Science from UNBSJ. A proudly Queer and Trans young professional with a background in medical research who is an analytical, collaborative, information-based thinker with knowledge and passion for issues facing the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community.

Other Arts and Wellness Practitioners in Attendance

Patricia HarrityWorking as a creative arts therapist, Patricia’s practice is grounded a strong belief in creative processes as inherently therapeutic. Patricia’s clinical experience includes facilitating creative arts therapy with children between the ages of 4-13 at KV Psychology & Wellness Clinic, as well working alongside the NB Social Pediatrics Team to provide services to children in the uptown Saint John area. Prior to relocating to Saint John, she conducted therapy with children (4-8) in the Child Psychiatry Unit (Early Childhood Disorders Program) at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, and with children (6-12) attending after school programming at the community center Maison Saint Columba house. She has also facilitated community based group creative arts therapy with older adults with diverse/ varied abilities.

NB COPES: is a registered charity that provide creative and holistic supports for children, youth and families experiencing the loss of a close family member. Our team is led by licensed professionals who are specifically trained in grief support and creative approaches. Art therapy and music therapy form the foundation of our programs. We provide retreats, workshops and programs across the province.

VanGo!: is an exhibition of artworks in the New Brunswick Art Bank on tour to anglophone schools. A partnership of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, the exhibition helps to familiarize students with the language of the visual arts and with original works of art by professional New Brunswick artists.

Presented in partnership with ArtsLink NB.

ArtsLink NB is a member-based arts service organization, founded in 2009 to advance the arts in New Brunswick by linking and unifying artists and arts organizations and promoting their value. We represent New Brunswick artists of all disciplines from across the province.

The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the ArtsDigital Strategy Fund.

CATAPULT Program Launches Over 💯 Graduates

We had such a wonderful time on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at the CATAPULT Arts Accelerator Pitch Day for the Winter 2023 cohort! Thanks to everyone who joined us for the pitches, networking, community building, and snacks! This was the first time we’d held a pitch day in person since 2019.

Clockwise from top left: Jill McNair, Kelly Baker, Joëlle Martin, and Erin Goodine.

Arts Link NB is proud to have brought together an amazing group of supporters to celebrate CATAPULT artists as they embark on their career journeys with all the new skills they’ve learned in the CATAPULT Arts Accelerator.

Clockwise from top left: Helen Hillis, Melissa Kennedy, and Amber Carter. In the group photo, from left to right: Helen Hillis, Melissa Kennedy, Erin Goodine, Laura Boudreau, Kelly Baker, Jessica Dunphy, Jill McNair, Amber Carter, Joëlle Martin, and Jericho Knopp.

It also marked a major milestone for the CATAPULT, as we passed 100 graduates and there are now 103 alumni of the program!

Clockwise from top left: Mark Kleyn, (In the group photo, from left to right: Helen Hillis, Melissa Kennedy, Erin Goodine, Laura Boudreau, Kelly Baker, Jessica Dunphy, Jill McNair, Amber Carter, Joëlle Martin, and Jericho Knopp.) Laura Boudreau, and Jericho Knopp.

Here are some preview photos from Pitch Day that were taken by Tim Lingley.

Check out the work of our Winter 2023 Grads:

Kelly Baker
Melissa Kennedy
Amber Carter
Joëlle Martin
Erin Goodine
Jill McNair
Helen Hillis
Laura Boudreau