Join us in welcoming Jessica Dunphy (she/her) to the ArtsLink NB team as our Interim Programming Director!
Some of you may have already met Jessica, as she’s hit the ground running by participating in our ongoing CATAPULT Arts Accelerator and in the recent One 2 One sessions.
Here’s a bit about Jessica:
“Jessica’s passion is working in the arts in Canada, especially in her home province of New Brunswick. She has spent years in Halifax, New York, Vancouver and Toronto where she appeared in numerous plays, independent films, and performance art pieces along with directing for the stage and writing for radio and television.”
“Her love of the arts, especially film, culminated in 9 exciting years at the Toronto International Film Festival where she honed her arts administration, events, and community engagement skills. In her spare time you can find her mauling her poor dog, watching Criterion Channel, and searching local bakeries for the perfect chocolate chip cookie.”
Are you passionate about arts and culture and the vibrancy of our province? Join our board! ArtsLink NB is looking for professional artists and arts enthusiasts to help steer our organization.
Founded in 2009, ArtsLink NB is a member-based arts service organization with a mandate to foster the sector’s contributions to a dynamic and prosperous province. We believe the arts are vital to all New Brunswickers.
Through this event, we hope to create strategies and develop the dance community together, since dance is an art form free of language barriers.
The 4th edition of Carte Blanche Acadie will take place on November 26th, 2022, at the Bernard-LeBlanc Hall at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, Moncton, NB, at 8 p.m. The event will be followed the next day by a business meeting to discuss the development of the dance scene. This meeting will be conducted in both official languages, English and French, at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre.
This is a wonderful opportunity to come to Moncton for a weekend dedicated to the Art of Dance! Carte Blanche Acadie (November 26th, 8 PM-10 PM) The aim of Carte Blanche Acadie is to offer a platform adapted to the needs of dance artists during which they can present work. The maximum length of each presentation will be 10 minutes. Whether the project is in the research stage, in development or about to be completed, the only criteria to participate is to have something to share. Even improvisation is more than welcome.
You would only have to specify what you would like to show in the application form. The presence of peers and an informed audience will allow you to have feedback on your work whether it is vocal or sensory.
Presenting, sharing and discussing in an inclusive environment are the objectives of Carte Blanche. In addition to providing a platform to perform, we will be providing a video of your performance as well as photographs that you can use for grants and future applications. Each act will receive an honorarium. The money accumulated at the door (in the form of a voluntary contribution) will also be divided equally between the acts and given to the person/company who submitted the project.
As for the selection process, we would like to accept as many projects as possible, but if we do not have enough time, as we will only have 2 hours for the event, we will draw candidates by lottery. Preference will be given for artists from the Atlantic provinces.
The chosen artists will be responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation expenses. Nevertheless, we can supply a letter of invitation to those who wish to submit a travel grant application. It may also be possible to find housing among local artists.
Please fill out the attached application form here.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 9th, 2022.
We will let you know by the end of September if your application was successful.For any questions, please write to: email@example.com
ArtsLink NB invites its members to submit images to be included in some of its publications in 2022 and beyond. This image bank will serve on the one hand to promote the work of artists, and on the other hand to enhance ArtsLink’s publications visually.
Types of Works
Reproductions of works
Promotional photos from events, performances, etc;
School or other workshop photos;
Photos of your participation in an event or festival;
Other images (fixed or animated gif) related to artistic creation.
Colour or black and white;
Images in high resolution (300 dpi – large format);
In the body of your email, clearly identify your name, the name of the work, the year of production, the format (including size if it’s a physical work), a brief description, and the photo credit.
You must specify who owns the copyright to the image, as well as the photo credit (if there is credit).
Delivery date: Friday, September 30, 2022
Please send a maximum of three images to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are sending a series of images larger than 10 megabytes (MB), please do so by transfer service (wetransfer, dropbox, or other ftp). If ArtsLink chooses to use an image for promotional or other purposes, ArtsLink NB will pay reproduction rights in accordance with the rates suggested by CARFAC.
Today we welcome three new summer interns to ArtsLink NB!
Gabrielle Carruthers grew up in Bathurst, New Brunswick, and began studying tuba in high school at age thirteen. She played tuba with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra from 2013 until finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Université de Moncton in 2017. Currently, Gabrielle studies tuba at the master’s level at McGill University. Before moving to Montreal, she played with local orchestras such as Tutta Musica, Symphony New Brunswick, and the East Coast Brass quintette. With her background in music, Gabrielle looks forward to working with other artists at ArtsLink NB this summer!
Jean Schnell is very fond of both the physical and musical arts. They write, “Music and art have been a common practice in my family for many years. I play guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass. I also enjoy singing and writing music. I love animals of all kinds but cats are definitely my favourite. Currently I am a high school student but I hope to pursue secondary school in the future.”
Lessa Thornton is a high school student wishing to pursue animation as a career. She writes, “I am an active member of New Brunswick arts programs as I am in my local Saint John Youth Orchestra, as well as the provincial New Brunswick Youth Orchestra where I play French Horn. I have participated in local and provincial music festivals and will be a proud member of SHAD McGill this year. In my free time I am always doodling designs down or consuming different types of media to inspire my art (if I have no homework to do). I am always looking for new ways to explore the arts and interact with interesting people within the community.”
Many of our members contacted us to say that they were interested in our last anti-oppression intensive workshop but weren’t able to make it on a weekend. With that in mind, we’re re-offering the same workshop during the work week!
Carmel is back to facilitate, this time on Wednesday and Thursday, May 25th and 26th.
This 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.
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 May 25 and 26, 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, email@example.com, with their name, their field or organization, and a brief description of why they’re interested in taking the workshop.