BEYOND BARRIERS WITH CROSS-CULTURAL ARTIST RESIDENCY LAUNCHED IN NEW BRUNSWICK

SAINT JOHN, N.B. Mar. 18, 2019 – An Anglophone artist, an Indigenous artist and an Acadian artist will spend three weeks in three different communities in New Brunswick working on creation projects as part of the Cross-Cultural Creation Residency. On top of providing a new means to help artists create, while recognizing current debates surrounding cultural and language tensions in New Brunswick, this initiative demonstrates that it is possible to grow by combining strengths rather than advocating division.

The residency with artists Indigo Poirier (Fredericton), Tara Francis (Elsipogtog) and Nicole Haché (Caraquet) will take place March 15th to April 5th, and will include open studios days and artists talks to which the public is invited. The residency will be in three stages, one week in each of the following communities: Caraquet, Saint John and the Metepenagiag First Nation.

Through this residency, artists will have the opportunity to create new work while immersing themselves in the artistic process of fellow artists. The experience of being in another community and creating with people of different artistic backgrounds allows one to go beyond language barriers and discover different cultural environments.

Association Acadienne des Artistes Professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, ArtsLink NB and Mawi’art: The Wabanaki Artist Collective have teamed up to host a cross-cultural residency between an Acadian artist, an Anglophone artist, and an Indigenous artist. This is the inaugural collaboration between the three provincial artists service organizations.

Dates:

METEPENAGIAG HERITAGE PARK

Open Studio: Mar. 20th, 12-3pm

Artist Talk: Mar 21, 5-7pm

LA BOÎTE THÉÂTRE DE CARAQUET

Open Studio: Mar. 27th, 12-3pm

Artist Talk: Mar 28, 5-7pm

SAINT JOHN ARTS CENTRE

Open Studio: Apr. 3rd, 12-3pm

Artist Talk: Apr. 4th, 5-7pm

About the artists:

Indigo Poirier is a Fredericton-based artist specializing in the medium of electronic music. Her solo work under the name Wangled Teb combines intricate drum programming and deep, well-thought-out sound design with a strong sense of melodic progression and passion for experimentation with structure. She is also an avid collaborator, performing in psychedelic rock band Helium Submarine and electronic improv trio Terre Wa, as well as frequently working with artists in other mediums to create interdisciplinary works of art.

Tara Francis is a Mi’kmaq Artist from Elsipogtog First Nation. She attended the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and has been working in her field since 2003. She specializes in Porcupine Quillwork, Silk Painting and Acrylic Painting. She considers her work her spiritual journey and incorporates her teachings into each piece.

Nicole Haché grew up on Lamèque Island before moving to Caraquet, NB. She uses her medical laboratory training to conceptualize her creations that address social habits and focus on human relationships and the planet. Her work offers a vibrant and delicate universe in counterpoint to the fury of modernity. Eminently organic, her paintings and installations weave human relations of quality, to protect the planet or to be anchored in the intimate and collective history.

About ArtsLink NB

ArtsLink NB is a province-wide arts service organization representing artists of all disciplines. We work to help artists build robust careers in New Brunswick by 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 enhance the socio-economic status of artists.

About AAAPNB

The Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick is an Acadian arts service organization for professional artists. The mission of the association is to protect the rights and represent the interests of artists, and to promote the recognition of their contributions to society. aaapnb.ca

About Mawi’art The Wabanaki Artist Collective

Collective of Aboriginal Visual Artists from across Atlantic Canada, creating traditional and contemporary works of art for sale and by commission.

This program is supported by:

The Government of New Brunswick, Canada Council for the Arts, the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation, the Saint John Arts Centre, and the Metepenagiag Heritage Park.

Media contact:

For additional information, please contact:

Julie Whitenect, Executive Director ArtsLink NB

julie@artslinknb.com      (506) 608-9914

Arts education to be ameliorated across province 

Arts education to be ameliorated across province 

Anglophone arts sector organization ArtsLink NB releases report on the status of arts education in New Brunswick and recommendations for improvement to match success of Francophone system. 

SAINT JOHN, N.B. MARCH 6, 2019 – ArtsLink NB has commissioned a review of the current state of K-12 arts education in the province. Presented to and supported by the Ministers of Education, and Tourism, Heritage, and Culture, the report is the first phase of an extensive advocacy campaign for expanding arts education in New Brunswick schools. Phase two includes a pilot project to increase students’ exposure and accessibility to the cultural sector by facilitating field trips for classes to see the behind-the-scenes and career opportunities of theatres across the province. 

This project builds on recommendations from David Campbell’s report, Sustaining New Brunswick’s Arts and Culture Workforce, as well as the province’s cultural policy, Creative Futures, and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s 10-year education plan, Everyone at their Best. Recommendations presented in ArtsLink NB’s report are meticulously crafted based on feedback gathered by surveying educators, parents, and the general public on the current state of arts education in New Brunswick schools, and were recommended founded on their realistic viability. This report is intended to contribute to a broader province-wide dialogue on enhancing arts education in the K-12 system.

Available in both print and online publication CREATING A COMMON VISION: Issues and recommendations for K-12 arts education in New Brunswick, is meant to propel our province’s students towards a successful future. “Arts education develops skills such as critical and divergent thinking, analytical ability, risk-taking, resilience, empathy, problem-solving, and communication”, states Project Chair, professor, and Head of Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University, Erik Edson, “These skills will best position students entering any occupation to innovate and thrive in an unpredictable, rapidly changing economy.” 

Ensuring that arts education is integral to K – 12 schools and not merely an add-on would be beneficial not only in helping children reach their full potential, but also the potential of New Brunswick’s thriving arts and culture community.  

 

ABOUT 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 artists of all disciplines, from all parts of New Brunswick.

For additional information, please contact:

Kenzie Hancox

Project Coordinator 

ArtsLink NB

89 Canterbury St., Suite 407, Saint John, NB, E2L 2C7

www.artslinknb.com

Gallery On Queen is excited to participate in SOFA 2018 from November 1 to 4 in Chicago. We will be representing Indigenous Artists working in a myriad of mediums who all bring unique qualities of their cultures to their work. We encourage you to read more about the artists and the works we are representing at this prestigious event.

The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. We’re excited to share more details as things progress!

This amazing opportunity is lead by Studio 21 Fine Art Halifax and in collaboration with IOTA Institute, Hailfax  NS, as well as the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada| Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada , Province of New Brunswick Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

 

See the artists contributing and their words on the Gallery’s facebook page here.

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.

Sincerely,

ArtsLink NB

 

 

ArtsLink NB

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

506-646-1832

In memory of Bob Grant – Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre


In memory of
Bob Grant
1945 – 2018

 

 

 

 

The staff, volunteers and Board of Directors of Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Board Member Bob Grant on September 30, 2018. His input, thoughtfulness and no-nonsense approach were instrumental during the renovation of the Sunbury Shores building and his subsequent active participation as a Board member with Sunbury Shores. He will be greatly missed and Sunbury Shores would like to express our condolences to his family and his many friends in this community.

A “Celebration of Bob’s Life” will be held at the Heather Curling Club, W.C. O’Neill Arena in St. Andrews this Friday, October 5 between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Diabetic Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences to the family or donations can be made at www.humphreysfh.com.

Bob graduated from UNB Fredericton in 1969 to follow a dream of becoming a mechanical engineer. He went on to work for many years with Neil & Gunter. Being such a free spirit of life he pursued an endeavour to build his own company known as H.R. Grant & Associates. Bob was a thinker, a fixer, a problem solver, a supporter, a prankster and a master of so many trades; his handmade clocks will be cherished by his family for many years to come. Bob made time to always be helping friends and everyone has a project done by Bob. He used to love to fly his remote control planes with his buddy Robert, although they spent more time fixing than flying. If he wasn’t fixing things, he was at the rink curling, loved to skip and was always coaching. After spending 11 years refurbishing a 68 Healy, he and wife Donna spent time showing it off at different car shows. Bob was so many things to so many people, he will indeed be missed by all. More information at: http://www.humphreysfh.com/Obituaries/128533/

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
sheilahughmackay@nb.aibn.com
sheilahughmackay.ca

Sunbury Shores 2018 AGM

Sunbury Shores is holding its 2018 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 30 at 7pm at Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre, 139 Water Street, St Andrews, NB.  Everyone is welcome to attend and all members in good standing are invited to participate and vote! Find out about the latest happenings at the Centre, get to know the Board, staff and other members, and share your thoughts and ideas about how we can move forward!

BECOMING A MEMBER

If you are not a current member of Sunbury Shores but would like to become one, please visit sunburyshores.org/memberships, call 506-529-3386 or drop by the Centre. Your membership gives you a 10% discount on all Sunbury Shores courses as well as enables us to present high quality arts & nature programming year-round to children, teens, and adults! If you are unsure of your membership status, please call us or email info@sunburyshores.org.

JOIN US FOR OUR AGM!

‘World of Keyboards’ Saint John Early Music Festival & SJAC

‘World of Keyboards’ starts October 10/18
SJAC is proud to partner with The Saint John Early Music Festival to present ‘World of Keyboards’! Join harpsichordist and pianist Tim Blackmore as he takes you on a tour of Renaissance, Baroque and Classical keyboard instruments and performs works from the vast repertoire of music composed for them – admission is by freewill offering. Read more here!

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!

 

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