ArtsLink NB Annual General Meeting 2022 Notice 📣

ArtsLink NB’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 in conjunction with the Arts Atlantic Symposium. Join us at 8:45 am at the Delta Conference room in Saint John. Breakfast will be served. Remote viewing and voting will also be offered for all members. 

ArtsLink NB AGM Saturday, October 22, 8:45am, Delta Conference Centre, Saint John, NB

You are encouraged to join us in person to look back at the past year and vote in new Board members for the coming year. 

ArtsLink offers a travel subsidy for members to attend our AGM, more information can be found here.

More information will be circulated to all members in good standing closer to the date. Please send any questions to Hailey@artslinknb.com.

ArtsLink NB is committed to providing a safe, inclusive space for our members to gather and share, please see our Accessibility notes for more details.

CreatedHere Scholarship 🎓

CreatedHere Magazine, which ran from from 2015 to 2022, ceased publication this year. We are very sad to see it go, but its legacy will continue in two forms.

A french press of coffee sits next to an opened copy of CreatedHere magazine, a pair of reading glasses, and a coffee mug. Text reads, the CreatedHere Scholarship.

ArtsLink NB is pleased to announce that we will archive and maintain its back issues, which can be found at www.createdhere.ca.

In addition, CreatedHere’s remaining funds after closure were endowed to the NBCC Foundation ($20,243) to fund an annual $700 scholarship to NBCCD students. The NBCC Foundation is a charitable organization that administers annual scholarships and bursaries to students studying at NBCC, NBCCD, and CCNB.

CreatedHere: Art Within Reach

It will be awarded annually to the student with the highest standing in the first year writing course (currently: ENGL1001: The Language of Art and Design) within the Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) program.
The student must be in good academic standing in the FVA program (with a minimum CGPA of 2.0).
The scholarship will begin in the 2023/24 academic year. Eligible students will receive details at that time.

For full details, visit www.createdhere.ca/scholarship

New Course Added to the Foundry 📒

We’ve added a new course to The Foundry, based on an intensive workshop ArtsLink NB offered earlier this year.

New Course! Dreaming Inventive Futures: Anti-Oppression with instructor Carmel Farahbakhsh

Welcome to Dreaming Inventive Futures with Carmel Farahbakhsh, your introduction to anti-oppressive practices in the creative sector. This course combines foundational anti-oppressive modalities, peer-based learning, personal reflection, and active discussion as teaching tools. These themes will be grounded in disrupting tokenism in the arts sector, moving beyond defensiveness and fear in creative work, imagination, and accessibility.

The aim is that participants will feel supported and motivated to engage in systems change work within the arts as well as more confident in continuing anti-oppressive conversations in their work personally and professionally.This course is supported by the Government of New Brunswick’s Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.

Register today.

The Foundry is ArtsLink NB’s collection of online courses for arts professionals to improve and develop their skills.

You can also learn more about the course instructor here.

CATAPULT Networking Event ⚡︎

ArtsLink NB is hosting the first networking event for CATAPULT alumni, and we’re inviting representatives from NB arts organizations to come meet the graduates.

The event will take place on Sunday, July 3rd from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The BMO Studio Theatre at 112 Princess St., Saint John. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Catapult Arts Accelerator Networking Event, Sunday, July 3, 3pm to 6pm

If your organization would like to send representatives to the event, please send an RSVP to programming@artslinknb.com

Note: ArtsLink NB is offering a $50 stipend per person for those living more than 50 km outside of Saint John.

ArtsLink NB Internship

We’re sad that our intern, Lauren Anderson, has now finished her two semesters of work with us. Lauren has been working on her BA in Psychology and is pursuing a career in HR after she completes her CPHR exam this May. Thanks so much for all the work you did with us, Lauren! We wish you much success in your future!

Lauren Anderson portrait

SHMF Awards 2022 Advanced Studies Scholarship

The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, an active supporter of artistic education and growth, offers a yearly program of funding to assist and encourage excellence in the visual arts.

Portrait of Christina Myers

Christiana Myers has been selected by an independent jury to receive a $5,000 Sheila Mackay Advanced Studies Scholarship.  Ms. Myers, a leader in the New Brunswick contemporary arts scene, is a respected curator, teacher, writer, and organizational director.  She will build on her deep engagement in the visual arts through the pursuit of a PhD in Art History at the University of Glasgow.

ArtsLink NB to Host Anti-Oppression Workshop for Creative Sector

ArtsLink NB is presenting Dreaming Inventive Futures, its first-ever intensive workshop on anti-oppression in the arts April 23 and 24. Many arts organizations are attempting to find ways to incorporate anti-racism and anti-oppressive policies but need some guidance on how to do so in a way that moves beyond tokenism. With this in mind, this is the first workshop ArtsLink NB has offered that is geared not only towards artists, but also toward professionals working for creative organizations.

Carmel Farahbakhsh of Halifax’s Khyber Centre for the Arts and the EVERYSEEKER music festival, will be facilitating.

This two-day virtual workshop continues the series presented to ArtsLink NB members on business development and career-management subjects. Past topics have included budgeting, documentation, and critical arts writing. The decision to hold this workshop virtually was made due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to allow participants to attend from across the province.

Workshop Description

Dreaming Inventive Futures: Anti-Oppression in the Creative Sector is a two-day workshop and discussion space that combines foundational anti-oppressive modalities, peer-based learning, personal reflection, and active discussion as teaching tools. During this digital space, participants will explore approaches to anti-racist curation, responsible and curious storytelling, organizationally care-based artistic practices rooted in disability justice frameworks, address ways to disrupt genre and aesthetic hierarchies within cultural industries, and discuss sustainable methods to intentional cross-practice collaboration.

These themes will be grounded in disrupting tokenism in the arts sector, moving beyond defensiveness and fear in creative work, imagination, and accessibility. The aim is that participants will feel supported and motivated to engage in systems change work within the arts as well as more confident in continuing anti-oppressive conversations in their work personally and professionally. 

About Carmel Farabakhsh

Carmel Farahbakhsh (they/them) is a community educator, arts maker, and youth worker. They have collaborated on the Khyber Centre for the Arts board for four years, and are enjoying their new position as co-director of local music festival EVERYSEEKER. They recently transitioned from a five-year term coordinating South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre to working as the Executive Director at the Youth Project, seeing a direct link between this community work and access to creative spaces and the arts community. 

As the Executive Director of the Youth Project, Carmel holds a youth-centric approach to organizational movement and support. Carmel builds their vision from their community education background and aims to apply an anti-racist and trauma-informed framework to their work. They also collaborate and organize with local initiatives, artist-run-centres, and community partners with an aim to create wider 2SQTBIPOC community and support systems within the HRM.


The sessions will take place April 23 and 24, 2022. The intensive workshop will be held virtually via Zoom and is free for members of ArtsLink NB. Sessions will run from 9am to 4pm each day. To register, cultural sector workers should send an email to Jericho Knopp, jeri@artslinknb.com, with their name, their field or organization, and a brief description of why they’re  interested in taking the workshop.

Arnold LeBlanc Songwriter Award

The Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund is thrilled to announce our four music celebrity jurors for the inaugural Arnold LeBlanc Songwriter Award. We have confirmed Lennie Gallant, Joel Plaskett, Jenn Grant, and Rose Cousins for the music jury, and we are excited!

Along with that exciting news, we would like to announce that Moncton’s BRAINWORKS has come on board as a new sponsor, and thanks to them, the Arnold LeBlanc Songwriter award value has increased from $1000 to $2000!

BRAINWORKS is an international award-winning bilingual full-service marketing and creative agency. They are a team of passionate professionals specializing in helping clients get from where they are to where they want to be. From startups and local campaigns to national activations and collaborations with major brands – They are here to help their clients push the limits of what’s possible.

The Arnold LeBlanc Songwriter Award seeks to spotlight talented New Brunswick songwriters at all levels in honour of Miramichi-born Arnold LeBlanc. Arnold was gifted with a golden singing voice. As a young child, he sang in the church choir and continued to sing well into his golden years. Arnold could whistle entire songs with perfect pitch and sang every day of his life.

Arnold LeBlanc Songwriter Award

Eligible Music Category: roots, folk, and country music

Deadline: May 20, 2022

Cash Award: $2000

Two-year membership with Music·Musique NB

One-year membership with Writers’ Federation of NB

Submission Guidelines

Submit one vocal recording with music (mp3, aif, or m4a format) of your best song with written lyrics and a letter explaining who you are and your background in music (half-page). Also, tell us, why do you feel this is your best song? Nominations of music artists by individuals and organizations in the music and songwriting community are welcome.

Email submissions to: catmaryleblanc@gmail.com.

Visit the website here!

Sponsored by Maureen LeBlanc, Cat LeBlanc, BRAINWORKS, Lennie Gallant, Music·Musique NB, and The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick


As is the case with human cells, each interpersonal interaction is unique, but those separate events are what allows for individual growth in society. That perspective seems to create a parallel between cellular and human interactions, and underlines their importance and necessity for symbiosis.

Nicole Haché’s installation, Autobiographie collective/Collective autobiography (2019), is imprinted with her reflection and sensibility towards those interpersonal relations and the meaning of a collective symbiosis.
Her work celebrates diversity and brings one to reflect on the important role each of us plays in society.

Autobiographie collective is on display at the Center des arts d’Edmundston N.-B. (Canada) from March 31 to June 9, 2022. The opening will take place on March 31 at 17 o’clock. On June 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. the artist will present a talk about his creative process.

Call for Partners: THIRD SHIFT 2022

THIRD SHIFT Festival of Public Contemporary Artworks takes place August 19-21
THIRD SHIFT is coming up quickly and we are putting a call out to community organizations and local businesses to be part of our signature event! Are you interested in being a sponsor? Creating an art project with your team and sharing it at our festival? Donating an item to our silent auction? Volunteering to help with the festival in August? Just send us an email and we can chat about how we can support each other! Get in touch: tiersespace@gmail.com