ArtsLink NB Mentorship Pilot Program: Call for Applicants

ArtsLink NB is now accepting applications for our mentorship pilot program. Artists of all disciplines who live in Atlantic Canada face the unique challenge of pursuing their practice from a marginalized area of the country. Building networks through lifelong engagement in peer-to-peer and mentor-to-mentee discourse is vital to pursuing a career for any arts professional, but the need is especially high in New Brunswick. 

ArtsLink NB Mentorship Pilot Program. Professional experience, guidance, artistic practice, shared knowledge. Apply by March 31, 2023.

In response to this, ArtsLink NB is now launching an intensive 12-month mentorship pilot program that connects artists who wish to share their professional experience and guidance with other artists. This pilot program will build on the traditional mentorship model, with an open door to lateral and cross-disciplinary collaborations between mentor and mentee.

Each participant (mentee) will be paired with a mentor for a year-long mentorship. 10 artists will be selected for a mentorship with a mentor whose experience and knowledge can enhance that of the mentee. Mentorship candidates will be practicing arts professionals who aspire to gain knowledge and skills to expand their current practice. The mentor’s role is to advise on professional activities and guide the mentee in a career-building process through peer-to-peer dialogue. 

Application Criteria:

  • Successful candidates must be a member of ArtsLink whose primary residence is in New Brunswick. Mentors may reside anywhere in Canada. 
  • Artists at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have the time over the next year to commit three to four hours a month to this mentorship.
  • Applicants must detail how a year-long mentorship would positively impact their practice.
  • Applicants do not need to have a mentor in mind, but are encouraged to make suggestions.

If Selected:

  • Each of the 10 mentees in the initial cohort will complete a pre-mentorship survey detailing their goals and expectations for the mentorship.
  • Based on each survey, potential mentors will be proposed by ArtsLink.
  • Mentors are contacted to determine their interest.
  • Available mentors are contracted by ArtsLink NB
  • Mentors receive remuneration of $1,500 to be disbursed in two installments to help ensure satisfactory performance throughout the program. 
  • An additional $500 is available as a discretionary fund for travel, materials, or to attend workshops together, etc. This will be paid by mentor or mentee upfront, and reimbursed upon submission of receipt.
  • Mentors and mentees will meet virtually or in person, for an average of 3 to 4 hours per month.
  •  At the 6-month mark, mentors and mentees will each complete a short report detailing the work they have done, whether they feel they are progressing to their stated goal; and comment on the success/challenges of the mentor-mentee relationship. 
  • At the conclusion of the 12-month period, a final report will be submitted by both mentor and mentee to gauge the success of the mentorship program. These reports will detail the progress made on the goals established at the outset.


  • Friday, March 17, 2023: Call out for participants announced
  • Friday, March 31, 2023: Deadline for application submission
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2023: Mentees will hear back on the status of their application
  • April 15, 2023: Mentorships begin, mentors are paid 1st installment
  • October 15, 2023: 6 month progress reports submitted (by both mentor and mentee), mentors are paid second installment
  • April 15, 2024: Mentorship ends, final reports and expense reports submitted

To Apply:

Lending Library Giveaway 📚

It’s contest time!

You could win a coveted ArtsLink NB swag bag in our Lending Library Giveaway!

Lending Library Giveaway. Win and ArtsLink NB Swag Bag

Here’s what’s in the prize package:

  • An ArtsLink NB tote bag
  • Two ArtsLink NB t-shirts
  • Two ArtsLink NB pens
  • An ArtsLink NB pencilcase
  • An ArtsLink NB hat
  • A much-sought-after ArtsLink NB notebook
  • Buttons!

To enter the contest, you get one ballot each for the following activities before noon on March 23rd:

  • Liking and sharing this post
  • Posting a picture of yourself reading a Lending Library book or using a Lending Library item and tagging ArtsLink NB

The winner will be drawn on March 23rd at 2pm.

In the meantime, you can find out more about our Lending Library here.

Experts on Call

We are excited to announce that the Experts on Call pilot program has officially launched!

Whether you want to improve your understanding of Google Analytics, get actionable tips for digital marketing, optimize your SEO strategies, enhance your online presence, or even learn about UX and accessibility best practices, our Experts on Call pilot program is here to help you reach your goals!

Digital Connections. Experts on Call, ArtsLink NB. The arts are vital to all New Brunswickers.

You can book a training appointment now with one of our experts! Experts On Call is designed to provide artists and arts organizations with resources and access to digital experts by booking online training appointments with them.

There are four experts on our Experts on Call network, with expertise in areas such as Digital Marketing, SEO, UX and Web Accessibility, Google Analytics, etc. Each organization is given an allowance of two training appointments per calendar month, which you can use however you wish.

Each training appointment is one hour. To book a training appointment, go to this link and click the “Book Now” button.

One 2 Ones: Proposal Review with Kathleen Buckley 📄

Do you have questions about how to write a great proposal? 

Our next One 2 One will give participants all the information you need to successfully fund your artistic proposals. This session is happening before the upcoming artsnb creation grant deadlines.

by ArtsLink NB, March 21, 2023. One 2 One. Advice tailor made for your success. Proposal Review with Kathleen Buckley

Bring your questions about grant writing and grant applications to this 20-minute one-on-one consultation with professional grant writer, Kathleen Buckley. Here are some possible topics for your session with Katie:

  • Bring an idea: Bounce ideas with Katie and find grant programs that suit your upcoming project.
  • Bring a draft: If you have a draft grant proposal written already, or an unsuccessful application you’d like feedback on, bring a printed or digital copy to the meeting for Katie to edit.
  • No project in mind? Use this time to chat with Katie about how she approaches grant writing and hear some of her top tips for writing a strong proposal.
  • Haven’t applied for a grant before? Use this time to talk to Katie about how grant programs work!

How to Register

Spots are limited for these consultations: They are first come, first served.

Update: Time slots are now fully booked. To put your name on the waitlist, click the button below.

Time slots available (in person or through Zoom) on Tuesday, March 21. 

About the Facilitator

Kathleen (Katie) Buckley is an arts administrator and writer from Saint John, New Brunswick. She recently served as Executive Director of Third Space Gallery and is a founding director of the Atlantic Art at Night Festivals Alliance (AANFA).

Over the last three years, she has provided grant writing support to non-profit organizations and artists of all career levels applying to a variety of public arts funders including Canada Council for the Arts, Heritage Canada, Music-Musique NB, artsnb, Arts Nova Scotia, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, and more.

Kathleen’s writing has also appeared in Visual Arts News, CreatedHere Magazine, and Predella: Journal of Visual Arts. Kathleen is now self-employed as a professional grant writer.

Welcome Jessica Dunphy to ArtsLink NB 😊

Join us in welcoming Jessica Dunphy (she/her) to the ArtsLink NB team as our Interim Programming Director!

Meet our interim programming director, Jessica Dunphy

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.”

One 2 Ones: Social Media with Cait Milberry 💬

Our next One 2 One session will be Social Media with Cait Milberry.

Spots are limited for these consultations: They are first come, first served.

Registration is now open for time slots on March 6, 7, and 8. You can sign up at this link: https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/er2oNpEe/vote

March 6-8, 2023. One 2 One. Social Media with Cait Milberry.

Social media is an extremely integral part of your art business, but it can be extremely overwhelming. Where should you focus your energy? What’s the difference between Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? Should you be on Snapchat or TikTok? How do you avoid endless scrolling? Cait Milberry will answer your questions and help you develop a sustainable strategy that works for you.

Cait is a strategic advisor and marketing manager with over a decade of experience working with brands, bands, and various businesses across North America. Her focus is building and implementing sustainable strategies and creating content that backs them up.

Time slots are available for Zoom or in-person meetings (in-person sessions will take place at the ArtsLink NB office at 228 Germain St. in Saint John).

One 2 Ones: Canada Council Grants: Explore and Create 🧭

We’re announcing that our next One 2 One session, “Canada Council Grants: Explore and Create,” will be on February 27th, 2023.

Image of a licence plate with the words "ArtsLink NB One 2 One: Advice tailor made for your success" written on it. Additional text reads: Canada Council Grants Information Session. February 27, 2023, 12 pm

Information Session

There will be a one-hour information session, which doesn’t require pre-registration, followed by One 2 One time slots that can be booked. These sessions are for ArtsLink NB members. If you don’t already have a membership, you can sign up here.

The one-hour information session is open both to participants of the One 2 One sessions and anyone else who is interested. Join us on Monday, February 27th, at 12pm AST.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85677223094?pwd=eHQ2R2hOVjUxWXRHSzlENVpkeUlSUT09
Meeting ID: 856 7722 3094
Passcode: 914769

Image of a licence plate with the words "ArtsLink NB One 2 One: Advice tailor made for your success" written on it. Additional text reads: Demystifying Canada Council Grants Info Session and one on ones with CCA program officers

One 2 Ones

This One 2 One session will have you working with program officers from the Canada Council for the Arts to help demystify the Canada Council granting process and figure out which grants you are eligible to apply for. Sessions will be designed to support research, development, creation, and production of work for artists.

One 2 One Registration

One 2 One spots are now fully booked.

Cross-Cultural Creation Residency Applicant Info Session 🌳

Are you in interested in applying for this year’s Cross-Cultural Creation Residency?

Potential applicants are invited to join Jericho Knopp, Programming Director with ArtsLink NB, for a short presentation about the residency followed by Q&A session.

Illustration of a forest by a river. Text reads: CCCR Applicant Info Session. February 14 @ 12pm via Zoom. Cross-Cultural Creation Residency. Followed by Q&A session with ArtsLink NB's programming director Jericho Knopp

Where: Via Zoom

When: February 14 @ 12 pm

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84620945940pwd=UUFIRXJIbitmSEtPUTNDVmxsOHdkUT09

Meeting ID: 846 2094 5940

Passcode: 603379

Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective, in collaboration with ArtsLink NB and L’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB), is hosting the fourth Cross-Cultural Creation Residency, June 16-25, 2023 in Metepenagiag.

The 10-day residency will take place at Metepenagiag Heritage Park and Outdoor Lodge, and artists will have the opportunity to work on a personal project as well as exchange creative energy and cultural wisdom with eight other artists.

The deadline to apply is February 19th, 2023.

Details on how to apply are here:

Cross-Cultural Creation Residency 2023

Cross-Cultural Creation Residency

Three Indigenous artists
Three Francophone artists
Three Anglophone artists
Ten days of creative companionship

(document en français ci-dessous)

Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective is proud and honoured to collaborate with ArtsLink NB and L’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB), to offer our fourth Cross-Cultural Creation Residency, June 16-25, 2023 in Metepenagiag.  The organizations are launching a call for 10 artists from the province’s three largest cultural groups: Indigenous, Francophone, and Anglophone artists. The 10-day residency will take place at Metepenagiag Heritage Park and Outdoor Lodge, and artists will have the opportunity to work on a personal project as well as exchange creative energy and cultural wisdom with eight other artists.

Call to Artists. Cross-Cultural Creation Residency

Residency Information

The theme of this year’s Cross-Cultural Creation residency will be Netakulimk.  This is a teaching shared by Elder Albert Marshall of Esksoni First Nation, who will join the artists during the residency.  Netakulimk is described as “the use of the natural bounty provided by the Creator for the self-support and well-being of the individual and the community.”  Western thinkers might understand this to mean simply “sustainability” but as Elder Albert will teach us, Netakulimk encompasses core aspects of humanness; interconnectedness; and the four core values of respect, responsibility, relationship, and reciprocity.


Metepenagiag Heritage Park and Outdoor Lodge and the surrounding land and water will ground artists in the natural environment and the deep connections to land and place experienced by Indigenous peoples.  This place-based experience, steeped in the history of a “village of 30 centuries,” will provide artists with opportunities to reflect on the meaning of ancestry, their own ancestral lines, and the relationships between past, present, and future generations.  Artists will be welcome to walk the grounds, participate in a group paddle on the Miramichi River, harvest materials in support of their artistic practice from the woods and water, and create in and of a natural environment as people have done in this place for thousands of years. 

The selected artists will stay in Metepenagiag Outdoor Lodge, each in a private room.  Meals and housekeeping will be provided to the artists to maximize the time they are able to devote to their practice, to time alone, and voluntary group activities.  We will host evening fires, storytelling, and other Indigenous cultural offerings.

Residency Goals

  • To encourage artistic exploration and the creation of new works, by creating in healthy conditions conducive to artist creation
  • To contribute to the increasing quality of artistic work in NB
  • To facilitate collaboration and the sharing of expertise
  • To create significant cultural bridges between the different communities in the province
  • To facilitate meetings between the artists and the public and help the public better understand the creation process.

The works that are created may be presented publicly in 2024. The artists will be given complete artistic freedom, and they will be asked to participate in a one-day Open Studio on June 24, 2023 to allow the community to learn about their creative processes.

The Selected Artists Will Be Expected To:

  1. Provide their own art supplies
  2. Interact with the other participating artists
  3. Publicly present their creations at the end of the residence in an exhibition 
  4. Submit a final report and evaluation to Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective, ArtsLink NB, and l’AAAPNB,within 30 days of the end of the residency.
  5. Be available for the entirety of the residence, from June 16 – 25, 2023.

Who Can Apply?

  1. All professional artists, both emerging and established, are invited to apply for the residency (for more information on eligibility, see artsnb’s definition of a professional artist).
  2. The residency is open to Indigenous artists who are members of Mawi’Art, Francophone artists who are members of l’AAAPNB, and Anglophone artists who are members of ArtsLink NB.

How to Apply

Fill out the Google Form (English and French) in full, including a detailed project description (500-1500 words).

  • Attach your artist statement and artist cv to the Google Form.
  • Artists must be available for the full residency period, from June 16-25, 2023.

Selection Criteria

The applications will be evaluated by a peer jury. The jury will consider:

  1. The relevance and feasibility of the proposed project, given the location and technical capabilities of the location;
  2. The project’s originality and creativity;
  3. The potential impact of the project on the artist’s career.


Application deadline: Feb 19, 2023. March 3, 2023

Responses to candidates:  March 3, 2021. March 10, 2021.

What’s Included in the Residency

  • A $1,500 stipend
  • Reimbursement for travel costs, from the artist’s residence to the residency location (if over 50 km)
  • Lodging in private room with private bath in Metepenagiag Outdoor Lodge
  • All meals will be provided

If You Have Questions, Please Reach Out to US:

Shawn Dalton, Ph.D. — Executive Director

Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective

550 Queen St., Fredericton NB, E3B 1B9



Moulay Ahmed Chbihi – Responsable des services aux artistes

l’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick

140 rue Botsford bureau 29

Moncton N.-B. E1C 4X5


506.852.3313 ext. 226


Jeri Knopp – Programming Director

ArtsLink NB

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


(506) 647-6201


This project is a collaborative partnership among Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective, l’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, and ArtsLink NB and is made possible thanks to the Government of New Brunswick and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Résidence de création interculturelle

Trois artistes autochtones
Trois artistes francophones
Trois artistes anglophones

Résidence de création interculturelle 

Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective est fier et honoré de collaborer avec ArtsLink NB et L’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB) pour offrir cette quatrième résidence de création interculturelle, du 16 au 25 juin 2023 à Metepenagiag. Les trois organismes lancent un appel pour trouver 10 artistes parmi les trois plus grands groupes culturels de la province : artistes autochtones, francophones et anglophones. La résidence de 10 jours aura lieu au Metepenagiag Heritage Park and Outdoor Lodge et les artistes auront l’occasion de travailler sur un projet personnel ainsi que d’échanger leur énergie créative et leur sagesse culturelle avec huit autres artistes.

Informations au sujet de la résidence

Le thème de la résidence de création interculturelle de cette année sera Netakulimk. Il s’agit d’un enseignement partagé par l’Aîné Albert Marshall de la Première Nation d’Esksoni, qui se joindra aux artistes pendant la résidence. Netakulimk est décrit comme “l’utilisation de la générosité naturelle fournie par le Créateur pour l’autosuffisance et le bien-être de l’individu et de la communauté”. Les penseurs occidentaux pourraient comprendre que cela signifie simplement « durabilité », mais comme l’Aîné Albert nous l’enseignera, Netakulimk englobe les aspects fondamentaux de l’humanité; interconnexion; et les quatre valeurs fondamentales que sont le respect, la responsabilité, la relation et la réciprocité.

Lieu de la résidence

Le lieu Metepenagiag Heritage Park and Outdoor Lodge ainsi que les terres et les eaux environnantes ancreront les artistes dans l’environnement naturel et les liens profonds avec la terre ainsi que les lieux vécus par les peuples autochtones. Cette expérience basée sur l’endroit, ancrée dans l’histoire d’un «village vieux de 30 siècles», offrira aux artistes des occasions de réfléchir sur le sens de l’ascendance, leurs propres lignées ancestrales et les relations entre les générations passées, présentes et futures. Les artistes seront invités à marcher sur le terrain, à participer à une pagaie de groupe sur la rivière Miramichi, à récolter des matériaux afin d’appuyer leur pratique artistique dans les bois et dans l’eau, et à créer dans un environnement naturel comme les gens l’ont fait à cet endroit depuis des millénaires.

Les artistes sélectionné.e.s séjourneront au Metepenagiag Outdoor Lodge, chacun.e dans une chambre privée. Les repas et l’entretien ménager seront fournis aux artistes afin de maximiser le temps qu’ils pourront consacrer à leur pratique, aux moments en solitaire ainsi qu’aux activités de groupe. Nous organiserons des feux de camps pendant les soirées où des contes seront partagés ainsi que d’autres activités culturelles autochtones. 

Buts et objectifs de la résidence

  • Encourager l’exploration artistique et la création d’œuvres nouvelles, en créant dans des conditions saines propices à la prolifération artistique
  • Contribuer à la qualité croissante du travail artistique au N.-B
  • Faciliter la collaboration et le partage d’expertise
  • Créer des ponts culturels significatifs entre les différentes communautés de la province
  • Faciliter les rencontres entre les artistes et le public et aider le public à mieux comprendre le processus de création.

Les œuvres créées seront présentées publiquement en 2024. Les artistes bénéficieront d’une liberté artistique complète et seront invité.e.s à participer à une journée « Open Studio » le 24 juin 2023 pour permettre à la communauté de découvrir leurs processus de création. 

Ce que nous attendons des artistes sélectionne.e.s

  1. Fournir leurs propres fournitures et matériels
  2. Interagir avec les autres artistes participant.e.s
  3. Présenter publiquement leurs créations à la fin de la résidence lors d’une exposition
  4. Soumettre un rapport final et une évaluation à Mawi’Art : Wabanaki Artist Collective, ArtsLink NB et à l’AAAPNB, dans les 30 jours qui suivent la fin de la résidence.
  5. Être disponible pendant toute la durée de la résidence, du 16 au 25 juin 2023.

Qui peut soumettre sa candidature?

1. Les artistes professionnel.le..e.s, en voie de professionnalisation, les artistes émergents et les établis sont tous invité.e.s à postuler pour la résidence (pour plus d’informations sur l’éligibilité, voir la définition d’artsnb d’un artiste professionnel).

2. La résidence est ouverte aux artistes autochtones membres de Mawi’Art, aux artistes francophones membres de l’AAAPNB et aux artistes anglophones membres d’ArtsLink NB.

Comment Postuler?

Remplissez le formulaire Google au complet (anglais et français), en y intégrant  une description détaillée du projet (500-1500 mots).

  • Joignez votre déclaration d’artiste et votre CV d’artiste au formulaire Google.
  • Assurez-vous d’être disponibles tout au long de la période de résidence, du 16 au 25 juin 2023.

Critéres de selection

Les candidatures seront évaluées par un jury de pairs. Le jury prendra en compte :

1. La pertinence et la faisabilité du projet proposé, en prenant en considération les capacités techniques liées à l’emplacement;

2. L’originalité et la créativité du projet;

3. L’impact potentiel du projet sur la carrière de l’artiste.


Date limite de candidature : 19 février 2023. 3 mars 2023

Réponses aux candidats : 3 mars 2023. 10 mars 2023

Ce que est inclus dans la residence

  • Un cachet de 1 500 $ par artiste
  • Les frais de déplacement sont remboursés, en fonction de la distance entre le lieu d’habitation de l’artiste et le  lieu de la résidence (si plus de 50 km)
  • L’hébergement en chambre privée avec salle de bain privée au Metepenagiag Outdoor Lodge
  • Tous les repas seront fournis

Pour toute question contactez-nous : 

Shawn Dalton, Ph.D. — Executive Director

Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective

550 Queen St., Fredericton NB, E3B 1B9



Moulay Ahmed Chbihi – Responsable des services aux artistes

Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick

140 rue Botsford bureau 29

Moncton N.-B. E1C 4X5


506.852.3313 ext. 226


Jeri Knopp – Programming Director

ArtsLink NB

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


(506) 647-6201


Ce projet est un partenariat de collaboration entre Mawi’Art: Wabanaki Artist Collective, l’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick et ArtsLink NB et est rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick et au Conseil des arts du Canada.