artsnb publishes findings from Cultural Diversity Commission meetings

The Commission on Cultural Diversity, a group consisting of volunteers, multicultural society representatives, federal and provincial government cultural department representatives, artsnb employees and artists from around the province, has released its inaugural report of findings pertaining to discussions of cultural diversity in the province.

“The arts have always served as an important vessel of expression, in particular when introducing diverse cultures to a wider audience, so we made it part of our strategic plan to create partnerships that promote equity and celebrate cultural diversity throughout the province,” explains Akoulina Connell, Executive Director of artsnb, “We want to take a leadership position at artsnb when it comes to promoting diverse cultural inclusivity in New Brunswick, while also empowering others to continue with this dialogue in their own communities.”

A series of three day-long meetings were held by the commission. Topics discussed ranged from creating incentives to inject diversity in our communities and universities; possible strategic interventions by government; removing barriers to access to information and opportunities; creating new opportunities for immigrant populations; overhauling school curriculums to include more culturally diverse educational content and exposure to different cultures; and facilitating partnership opportunities between the Anglophone, Francophone, Indigenous and multicultural communities of the province.

Resulting from the meetings were 10 short-term goals, 8 long-term goals and 15 additional recommendations for improving multicultural sensitization and access to services for culturally diverse populations across the province.

The results of the Cultural Diversity Commission meetings are published online at http://artsnb.ca/site/en/resources/key-documents/. The next meeting of the Commission is expected to take place in fall 2016; a meeting date has not yet been set.

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Sculpture and embroidery kick off summer of artist residencies in the Barracks District

The Fredericton Arts Alliance launched its 15th summer of artist residencies in the Barracks District this week with two highly skilled visual artists sharing the old stone casemate that forms their studio.

This year, artists were asked to reflect on the theme of New Ground – exploring what it means to come to a new place or to a new understanding of place, of home and of what these words mean in the context of a year when Fredericton has welcomed Syrian refugee families as well as many other immigrants.

Samantha Thebeau, a fine arts graduate from Mount Allison University, is working through embroidery, using drawing techniques with thread and fabric. She is looking at “our placement in the world through our relationship with our bodies and with nature, focusing on origins, at what we come from and what unites us.”

Jean Rooney has a fine arts degree from Trinity College Dublin University in Ireland and is a faculty member at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. She is working on outdoor sculptures using Hypertufa mix to mimic natural stone and create spaces for plants.

“I am an immigrant myself and I constantly deal with the issues of home, homesickness and displacement. I will be creating stone people, drawing from my experience of Irish folklore, and tales from back home. I will use these traditional stories from the old homeland to create and add to the new homeland,” she said.

Both artists are ready to explain their ideas and their process to visitors. They will offer tutorials and give visitors an opportunity to get involved with their hands as well as their eyes.

These artists’ residences give Frederictonians and visitors alike an opportunity to spend time with local artists in an informal studio setting, and they offer artists an honorarium as well as a chance to spend a week concentrating on some aspect of their own creative practice. Artists must apply for residencies, and the successful ones are selected by an independent jury to ensure visitors can expect a high standard of creation.

The changing themes of the residences from year to year encourage artists to look at their work from varied perspectives and challenge them to approach the ideas with different media, different outlooks, different intuitions. In this way they broaden the artists’ vision as well as giving visitors a variety of ways of seeing the theme expressed.

Thebeau and Rooney will continue in residence until Sunday, June 17.

AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall debuts this September


AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall debuts this September
We are delighted to announce an exciting and thought-provoking new program. This fall, the AGO partners with Massey Hall, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Banff Centre to launch AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall, a landmark new series of semi-annual events that brings together visionary artists to discuss their work and the urgent social, political and cultural issues of our time. Creative Minds is supported by Series Presenters Jonas and Lynda Prince, whose leadership inspired the development of the project.

The series kicks off on September 20, 2016 at 8 pm with an evening of unscripted discussion on the topic of Art and Social Justice, featuring four extraordinary artists from across the creative spectrum: André Alexis, Rebecca Belmore, Deepa Mehta and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Moderated by CBC Metro Morning host Matt Galloway, the conversation begins with an exploration of each artist’s relationship to activism and equality through the lens of their work and life experiences. Drawing from these personal contexts, the speakers will consider the role of the creative community in confronting issues of discrimination and inclusion, and to imagine the actions they believe could lead to lasting change.

For more information on the series and speakers visit www.AGOCreativeMinds.ca or click to read the full press release.

Ticket Information

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Tickets go on sale to the public June 10, 2016 at 10 am.
  • For tickets to this event please visit Massey Hall Box Office Ticket Sales
  • Ticket prices range between $19.50 and $79.50 and do not include tax. Applicable service charges will be applied at the time of purchase.
  • Tip: Please set up an account with the Massey Hall Box Office website in advance to be ready for ticket purchase.


Online Catalogue of Artworks on Université De Moncton Campus

As part of the Inventory residency projects, Julie Lynne Drisdelle, sessional teacher in art history, has identified and produced a list of works from the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Collection exposed on campus. The list contains known information on the works, such as title, name of the artist, materials and a short description (in French), fostering a better knowledge of these works for students, employees and campus visitors. Helpful also in the localisation of works, the list could support research and student projects.

PDF and Excel versions of the list are available online in the « Recherche » (research) section of Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen’s web-site: http://www.umoncton.ca/umcm-ga/recherche

As this project is conceived as an ongoing exercise, you may transmit your comments, corrections or questions to: julie.lynne.drisdelle@umoncton.ca

An Inventory was a project that offered an opportunity to explore the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Collection. Residencies by artists and researchers were facilitated and presented in parallel to a process of identification, documentation, and conservation of the works in the collection that was the focus of the gallery’s team.

Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen of Université de Moncton is supported by the Operational Grants for Arts Organizations’ program of the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture of New Brunswick, and this initiative is made possible thanks to an increase in annual funding following the renewal of New Brunswick’s Cultural Plan.