COVID-19- Supporting the arts

Mar. 17, 2020


ArtsLink NB fully supports the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick’s (AAAPNB) call for the provincial government to establish an emergency assistance fund for artists and cultural workers, to offset the loss of income from cancelled shows and other events.

Limiting the spread of COVID-19 is important, but we must also think of the repercussions that the measures taken have on the cultural workforce. Not only will small businesses and atypical workers in all fields feel the effect of this situation, but artists, arts organizations, and creative practices are being adversely impacted as well.

With events, gatherings, and activities being cancelled in response to preventing the spread of COVID-19, it is important to think about people in the creative workforce who largely make their income from gigs and freelance work. They will be losing critical opportunities to support themselves. We know that their incomes are already precarious and that artists do not have access to the same social protections as traditional workers.

We have seen many jurisdictions across the world put measures in place to address the financial losses felt by artists, and we ask the New Brunswick government to work with the arts associations to develop an emergency fund to help artists through this situation.

Julie Whitenect

Executive Director, ArtsLink NB

A Statement From ArtsLink NB

Oct. 5, 2018

To all elected officials,

In these unusual times of political precariousness, we urge you all to embrace the bilingual heritage that distinguishes our province. Indeed, the plurality of New Brunswick society – Indigenous, francophone, anglophone, Acadian, and immigrant populations from around the world – is one of our greatest riches.

Language gives voice to expression. As New Brunswick’s anglophone professional artists’s association, ArtsLink NB is steeped in expression of all stripes. We celebrate the variety of perspectives brought forward by our membership and thrive on the exchange with our francophone and Indigenous colleagues.

Collaboration with our peer organization — the Association acadienne des artistes professionel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick — has assured broader understanding and an enriched dialogue. Our exchange is liberal, frequent, and happens in both English and French. No compromise.

ArtsLink NB champions the bilingual framework of our province. It exemplifies a level of equality, recognition, respect, and tolerance that we aspire to in all aspects of New Brunswick society. We entrust that framework to you: to celebrate, to maintain, to protect.


ArtsLink NB



ArtsLink NB

407-89 Canterbury st., Saint John, NB, E2L 2C7


Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation – November 2018 Art Centre Directors Conference




The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation is committed to supporting the vitality of the visual arts in New Brunswick through a variety of awards, scholarships and grants. In 2018, the foundation has taken an active role in facilitating networking events aimed at promoting collaboration and exchange. An Arts Advocacy Grant of $10,000 is awarded to Saint John Arts Centre, a key facilitator in a pan-provincial networking initiative for Directors of community arts centers.

Community Arts Centres play a key role in promotion of the arts in New Brunswick. SHMF applauds the vision of a working collective of art directors to advance the development of a strong communication and support network among the province’s many unique centres. More information on the November 19th conference is available through Andrew Kierstead (Director – Saint John Arts Centre), or Courtney Steeves (Director – Charlotte Street Arts Centre).

Kathryn McCarroll
Executive Director
Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation
Phone: 506 693 5647

Owens Art Gallery welcomes new director/curator

Owens Art Gallery welcomes Emily Falvey as new director/curator

SACKVILLE, NB — The Owens Art Gallery at Mount Allison University will welcome Emily Falvey as its new director/curator this Fall. Falvey will begin her position in October and replaces long-time director/curator Gemey Kelly who retired this summer.

Falvey is a Mount Allison graduate who began her career at the Owens and Struts galleries. She returns to campus from the Ottawa/Montreal area where she has worked as a professional curator and art critic, most notably with the Ottawa Art Gallery.

“We are delighted to welcome Emily back to campus as the director/curator of the Owens Art Gallery,” says Mount Allison University Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research Dr. Jeff Ollerhead. “She brings a wide range of experience as a professional curator and academic and I look forward to seeing the array of art projects and exhibitions the Owens will continue to bring to the campus and wider community under her leadership.”

“I’m thrilled to return to Mount Allison University and the arts community of Sackville, and I look forward to working with the amazing staff at the Owens Art Gallery,” says Falvey. “I am honoured to take over from Gemey Kelly, whose work at the Owens is a sterling example of artist-centred curatorial practice.”

Falvey worked most recently as managing editor of RACAR (Revue d’art canadien/Canadian Art Review), and served on the editorial board for the art magazine esse arts + opinions. Her most recent exhibition, Here Be Dragons, is currently on view at Carleton University Art Gallery. She holds an MA in Art History from Concordia University and is a PhD candidate at the Université du Québec à Montréal where she has also taught in art history.

The Owens Art Gallery at Mount Allison University was established in 1895 and is Canada’s oldest University art gallery. Located at the heart of the Mount Allison campus, the Owens is the original home of Mount Allison’s Fine Arts program and hosts permanent and travelling exhibitions, as well as a number of events throughout the year. Home to over 3,000 works of art, it has continued its role as a teaching gallery, welcoming classes and community members year-round to learn about and enjoy art.

The Owens Art Gallery also oversees the Colville House and Colville Studio on campus, a centre devoted to the career of the late Canadian artist and Mount Allison graduate, Alex Colville.

AAAPNB: Petition and open letter surrounding current post-election issues


A coalition with the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick? The answer is “NO”

Following the results of the provincial election, some political parties may be tempted to form a coalition with the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick to obtain a majority of seats, which would allow them to govern the province. As representatives of New Brunswick’s Acadian and Francophone municipalities and organizations and as individuals, we want to make clear our opposition to any form of coalition with this party.

The People’s Alliance of New Brunswick clearly showed during the last election campaign that it opposes the linguistic rights which have been recognized for more than 50 years to the francophone community of New Brunswick. We must not be fooled by the “common sense” approach that this party now advocates; even when covered in this new language it remains anti-francophone and anti-equality. This party has only one goal: to take away our rights and replace them with accommodation when necessary, which would have the effect of undermining the development of our community.

As François Gravel wrote in a recent editorial in l’Acadie Nouvelle, the party’s intolerance is not limited to just denying to francophones the right to linguistic equality, but it has also shared on social media the anti-francophone writings of its members and even of some members of its leadership. Furthermore, the party has consistently refused to condemn these attacks on our community.

We would like to state loud and clear that any political party that would join or form a coalition with the People’s Alliance of NB would be going on a path that is totally unacceptable to New Brunswick’ Francophone and Acadian community. Such a coalition would be an insult to the francophones of this province who only ask that their linguistic rights be respected. Such a coalition would open the door to a denial of our rights recognized in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in the Official Languages Act and in the in the Act Recognizing the Equality of the Two Official Linguistic Communities of New Brunswick. These are constitutional and legislative measures which were unanimously adopted by the Legislative Assembly of our province. Such a coalition would also be an insult to the legacy and memory of Louis J. Robichaud and Richard Hatfield, the architects of linguistic equality in this province.

That is why we say with one unified voice: NO to any coalition with the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick!



ArtsLink AGM & Atlantic Vernacular Panel to be held in Saint Andrews


ArtsLink NB is hosting their annual general meeting in Saint Andrews Oct. 14th, at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre.


SAINT JOHN, N.B. Sep. 19, 2018 ArtsLink NB is hosting their annual general meeting October 14th in St. Andrews. The AGM will be followed by a panel discussion asking what is the “Atlantic Vernacular”? What are the materials and motifs defining artists of this region? Both events will take place at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, 1 Lower Campus Rd, St. Andrews, on Sunday, Oct.14th, from 10-4 p.m.


Attend the AGM to find out what your provincial professional artist’s association – ArtsLink NB – has been up to. You’ll also have a good look at what programming and projects we are planning for the year ahead. This is a chance to connect with your fellow artists, give the organization feedback, and get more involved with arts initiatives in New Brunswick.


We’ll switch gears in the afternoon, and host both a panel and group discussion about regional identity in the arts. ArtsLink NB is embarking on a multi-year project dedicated to exploring the “Atlantic Vernacular”, and we’d love member input in planning a larger symposium and publication. Come share your experiences will art colleagues from around the province.


Saturday’s multidisciplinary panel features:



The event is free and open to the public. Please register beforehand. 


About ArtsLink NB

ArtsLink NB is a province-wide, membership based organization representing artists of all disciplines. We work to help artists build robust careers in New Brunswick through providing professional opportunities, public programming, specialized training, and advocacy work. We are working to grow the arts sector to meet national standards of excellence and economic output.


For additional information, please contact:

Julie Whitenect, Associate Director

ArtsLink NB


(506) 608-9914


Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Progress on CHRC’s national anti-harassment initiatives

Canada’s performing, literary and visual arts organizations and artists have joined together in a broad initiative called “Respectful Workplaces in the Arts”. This cross-country, cross-sector project is designed to deal with and remove harassment in the sector – including sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination and violence.


Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

Progress on CHRC’s national anti-harassment initiatives

Since the announcement of the Canada Council of the Arts funding to support “Respectful Workplaces in the Arts” for the performing, literary and visual arts, we have been hard at work hiring and otherwise liaising with creative consultants, legal and HR professionals, contractors and sector leaders in order to develop thorough, inclusive and effective anti-harassment resources. Specific updates and timelines for project deliverables follow:

Code of Conduct: A draft code of conduct for the live performing arts is being developed by a Working Group of sector volunteers, chaired by Barry Hughson, CEO of the National Ballet of Canada. It is to be put out for discussion in September and finalized by November.

Reporting Mechanisms: Jeanne LeSage of LeSage Arts Management has been engaged to undertake a report on existing reporting mechanisms for victims of harassment, and systems of investigation for employers. This report will include sector-appropriate recommendations on how to develop these mechanisms and systems of investigation in the performing, literary and visual arts.

Training Resources: New resources are being created! All will be available on the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts website over the coming 4 months. These include:

  • a guide to developing policies and procedures for dealing with harassment will be released in September, as a tool in CHRC’s HR Management Toolkit;
  • training videos from the points of view of the artist/employee, and of the Board/employer are to be released in November;
  • webcasts to explain compliance with provincial and territorial legislation around harassment – to be released in December.

As well, examples of training resources on harassment are being researched and collected for reference on the Respectful Workplaces website.

Consultations with equity-seeking groups: Country-wide consultations are being held with equity-seeking groups in September and October in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Moncton and Halifax. They will provide feedback on the draft Code of Conduct, training needs and resources around harassment, and suggestions for potential reporting and investigating mechanisms.

Website: The website for Respectful Workplaces in the Arts is presently being built, and is to be launched in the fall. It will be the gathering place for all that’s going on under the banner of the project Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA).

Ad campaign: Respectful Workplaces in the Arts materials for the use of arts organizations are to be made available in September. Visual ads (for digital and printed use), video, and other media to which sector organizations can add their logo and share with their members will be included.

Further RWA updates to come in CHRC’s newsletters  and project-specific updates such as this one!

Changes at ArtsLink NB

2018 has been a busy year for ArtsLink NB. Out Catapult program is in fine fettle, our Arts Education project is moving into its second phase, and we’ve cooked up a bevy of exciting workshops, including a writing intensive, for the coming months. With all of that activity, you might wonder when our staff get a rest. Well, in this instance, the answer is the old adage, “A change is as good as a rest.”

Our very energetic Executive Director Gillian Dykeman will be leaving ArtsLink to reclaim time for her art practice and to put her love of teaching into practice at the NB College of Craft and Design. She will continue to champion the Arts Education project as she transitions into these pursuits over the fall. Gillian will be greatly missed when she steps away from her role as ED at the end of November, but we’re always happy to see artists return to their roots.

Julie Whitenect will be stepping into the role of Executive Director come Dec. 2018. We are thrilled to have her experience and knowledge come to the helm. Her transition from Associate Director to Executive Director will ensure continuity for ongoing projects and service to our membership.

Kenzie Hancox joined the ArtsLink team as a project coordinator in August. Sarah Jones continues in her role as coordinator of the Catapult program. Watch for a job posting for a new staff member in the coming weeks.


Build the Playhouse 2.0 Project

Can you imagine Fredericton without a live performance venue like the Playhouse? Neither can we. We must make our plan for a new venue a reality before it’s too late. Our community needs it. Our artists need it. Our downtown needs it.

We have put together all of the information we have on the state of the current Playhouse building as well as our plans for our future in a clear and current website called Build the Playhouse 2.0: https://buildtheplayhouse2.ca

Please have a look, follow along, and please SPEAK UP! If you think this project is important, your community needs to hear from you now. You ca subscribe to project updates through this link too!




Click photo to see plans

For arts & culture supporters at election time in NB, read the unified message from from ArtsLinkNB, AAAPNB and artsnb. / Pour les gens qui soutiennent les arts et la culture pendent les élections in N-B, voici le message unifié émis par ArtsLink, AAAPNB, et artsnb. 

For arts and culture supporters at election time in NB, read the unified message from from ArtsLinkNB, AAAPNB and artsnb. / Pour les gens qui soutiennent les arts et la culture pendent les élections in N-B, voici le message unifié émis par ArtsLink, AAAPNB, et artsnb.