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!

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:

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.


Fredericton Arts Alliance’s Provincial Election Forum on Arts Issues

Fredericton Arts Alliance’s Provincial Election Forum on Arts Issues, September 6 at 7pm in the Charlotte Street Arts Centre

The Fredericton Arts Alliance has organized a town hall forum on arts issues. All provincial political parties have been invited to send one candidate to discuss things cultural and artistic, party policies on the arts, and plans or projects to encourage the arts. Susanne Alexander of Goose Lane Editions will moderate the forum.

The format will consist of opening statements (order of speaking to be determined by a draw), followed by questions directed to the various candidates. There will be an opportunity for closing remarks in reverse order of the opening statements. We are asking Arts News readers to highlight issues they would like raised at the forum. If you have something you want the candidates to address, please send an email with your suggestions to us at:

We would like to circulate five questions to the candidates in advance of the forum to start the discussion rolling, and to ensure that most of the key questions are addressed. Further questions from the floor will round out the evening. Light refreshments will be served. The Fredericton Arts Alliance has organized election forums for every federal, provincial, and municipal election since 1999.

AiR 10: Writing and painting the focus of the final residency

Writing and painting projects will be created during the final week of the Artists in
Residence program in the Garrison District Aug. 28 – Sept. 3.

Established author Mark Jarman and Fredericton High School student Megan Murphy
will work on two separate creative projects in Casemate #11 at the Soldiers’ Barracks.

Jarman, whose novel “Salvage King Ya!” is on Amazon’s list of 50 Essential Canadian
Books and is number one on their list of Best Hockey Fiction, will be writing about
Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula and the Shanghai River in China, and how the two bodies of
water compare and contrast. He will also do a public reading of the piece.

Murphy, who was cast as Belle in Theatre New Brunswick’s recent production of Beauty
and the Beast, will be working on a large painting depicting Fredericton as an
underwater ruin, symbolizing the catastrophe that the recent flooding brought. She will
also paint bustling sea life and a shining sun, which will symbolize the life that comes
from loss in light of Fredericton’s sense of community during such difficult times.

The artist residencies, organized by the Fredericton Arts Alliance, encourage visitors to
interact with the artists. The studio is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday
and noon – 5 p.m. Sunday.


More info at the Fredericton Arts Alliance website here!

NB Literary Arts and Publishing SURVEY DEADLINE JUNE 8

Start your survey now to have your voice be heard! The survey deadline is Friday, June 8th at midnight.

The Government of New Brunswick is working with Nordicity to develop a growth strategy for the province’s literary arts, publishing and booksellers sectors.

Why is the survey important for you? 

  • It is your chance to have your voice be heard by government and other policy and funding decision-makers and influencers.
  • This study will help us assess the size and needs of the sector, and to develop a strategy to support its growth.
  • The final report will provide information that will be helpful to you, other industry members and government alike.

Who should complete this questionnaire?
Every individual person, company and organisation that is involved in New Brunswick’s literary arts sector, including:

  • Writers
  • Publishers
  • Booksellers
  • Freelancers
  • Literary festivals & events producers
  • Illustrators
  • Translators
  • Support bodies and other literary service providers

It should take you approximately 20 minutes to complete the survey.

Please respond no later than Friday, June 8th, 2018 at midnight.

If you have any questions, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact:

Additional funding for emerging artists

The provincial government is investing an additional $100,000 in the New Brunswick Arts Board to increase the funding to emerging artists.

This additional investment by the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture is designed to encourage emerging artists to explore and excel in various disciplines.

“The additional funding allocated to grant programs fits in with our ongoing efforts to support the economic competitiveness and the vitality of the arts and culture sector while showcasing the creativity of our artists,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “Through our partnership with the New Brunswick Arts Board, we are convinced that this year’s additional investment will facilitate the emergence of our New Brunswick artists a little more and thereby contribute to our province’s vitality and economic diversity.”

The New Brunswick Arts Board is an independent body whose mandate is to facilitate and promote the creation of art and to manage funding programs for professional artists on behalf of the provincial government. It also provides advice to the minister on cultural policies and assumes a leadership role in the arts field in New Brunswick.

“The board of directors, executive director, and staff of the New Brunswick Arts Board and I are very pleased to accept this additional funding from the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, and we are keen to see an increase in the number of talented artists who can participate in all our programs,” said Carol Collicutt, chair of the board. “With this generous addition to our 2018-19 budget, we will be able to provide more grants to help emerging artists with their infrastructure, equipment, and creation materials; and add to our Equinox Program for emerging indigenous artists. I thank the Government of New Brunswick for helping us reach our objective of allowing more emerging artists to develop their practice and make a strong contribution to the cultural fabric of New Brunswick.”

Emerging artists wishing to obtain more information or to submit a grant application can visit the artsnb website or call 506-444-4444 or 1-866-460-ARTS(2787).