Open Letter to The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P. Re: Steve Higgins CRA Case

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P.

Minister of National Revenue

7th Floor

555 MacKenzie Avenue

Ottawa ON  K1A 0L5

To The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P.,

ArtsLink NB is writing to share our concerns regarding the Canadian Revenue Agency’s handling of Steve Higgins’s tax return from 2013. Mr. Higgins is a professional artist who generates portions of his income from the sale of works of art he has created and the intellectual property they represent. His remuneration for this  work may be received in the form of sales of his work, or from grants received in recognition of his work as a professional artist. Either way, the income is tied to his carrying out the business of artistic production. Grant monies are akin to the remuneration a consultant or worker trading in the knowledge economy would receive for the delivery of their product – the intangible of knowledge and expertise.

It is clear that Canada’s federal government recognizes the value of intellectual property as an economic driver, having recently announced plans to provide $85 million in support of developing Canada’s engagement in an ideas-based economy. Art production is an aspect of intellectual property: just as tech start-up companies benefit from grants or seed funding based on the promise of their ideas, so artists are by times remunerated for work that is in the gestation stage – a novelist whose book is yet unwritten, a choreographer whose work has not yet been presented. It would be unthinkable to reduce a tech company team to the label of “hobbyists” and then tax them on their seed funding without allowing them to claim their business expenses against it.

As creators and generators of ideas that shape the spaces we live in and allow us to encounter a reflection of who we are, artists must receive the same support received by others trading in both intellectual property and physical products. The arts contributed almost $54 billion to the Canadian economy in 2016, as well as  652,406 jobs. ArtsLink NB firmly advocates that artists of all disciplines are workers like those in any other sector. Professions in the arts merit the same respect extended to all of those helping to develop the Canadian economy and society through our labour, whether it be in the form of knowledge or products.

We request that the CRA recognize Steve Higgins as an artist carrying out professional activities for the tax year in question, and repeal the assessment that undermines his contributions to Canada’s economy in that year.


Gillian Dykeman

Executive Director

ArtsLink NB

407- 89 Canterbury St.

Saint John, NB

E2L 2C7

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:

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

Canada Council for the Arts: Info Session in NB

You’re invited to attend an information session on the Canada Council for the Arts’ Explore and Create program to learn about the program and its various components, get advice on how to prepare an Explore and Create grant application, and understand how applications are assessed. The info session will be offered in both official languages and will include a Q&A period.

Dates: May 31 and June 1st



Naive Botany: A Natural History Guide to Installation Practice

The course runs August 16 – 19 at Sunbury Shores. The course is called Naive Botany: A Natural History Guide to Installation Practice:
In the nineteenth century, ‘botanizing’ became a craze. It was something you did on the seashore, in the meadows, or on the sidewalk. It was the act of observing, collecting, and identifying, in an attempt to understand the world in terms of its almost infinite myriad forms and faces. It was a way to become both lost and found. With botanizing as its framework, this course explores ways in which we might translate our daily observations and practices into another space and form such as a gallery installation. As starting points, this might include re-inhabiting the routine of a daily walk, identifying unconscious collection practices, or ways to rethink an already existing art or craft practice in terms of scale and experience. We will spend the course in discussion over examples and theories of installation, and take advantage of the natural setting of Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre to immerse ourselves in the creation of individual, barely begun, well-conceived, yet wildly imagined, installation proposals.
Participants do not need prior experience but would need to bring materials that would help record their observations such as: a camera, notebook, drawing supplies, materials for samples, or anything that would help communicate their observations and ideas to the rest of the class.
You can see more information here:


Open to all members of Connexion ARC

This summer, we are excited to announce that Connexion will be participating in the Garrison Night Market, presenting weekly public art projects by our membership.

The Garrison Night Market is a new public event organized by Fredericton Tourism, gathering community vendors and performers together on Carleton Street, next to the Public Library in downtown Fredericton, every Thursday night from June 21-Sept 6, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm (more…)



Tentative start date: June 26, 2018

Location: Saint John

Terms: 35 hrs a week; 8 weeks, 11.25/hr

ArtsLink NB seeks energetic and enthusiastic students with a desire to work in the arts and culture sector. Candidates should have strong communication skills and be able to work independently on projects. Access to a vehicle an asset.

The student must also meet the criteria of Canada Summer Jobs.

Send in your resume by May 11, 2018! (more…)


ArtsLink NB is seeking a researcher or research team to describe, inventory, analyze, compare, and recommend on arts education in the Anglophone K-12 system in New Brunswick. The researcher or research team will work with ArtsLink staff and board and with a steering committee of artists, educators, and administrators to produce a report for presentation to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development in early 2019. (more…)

Atlantic Immigration Summit Photography Exhibit: Call for submissions!

You are invited to be part of an important initiative celebrating diversity in New Brunswick.

We are curating a thought-provoking exhibition to celebrate diversity and the power of inclusion as part of the provincial Atlantic Immigration Summit being held in Moncton New Brunswick on May 23 & 24th. The exhibit will be on display at the Delta Beausejour. (more…)

Photography camp

Rachel Watters: Thanks to a grant from the City of Fredericton, I will be hosting a week-long photography camp for youths with disabilities in Fredericton. The camp, called Camp Youthquake, is open to any youths (ages 12-18) who have disabilities. (more…)

The Artistic Touch: A Display of Art Work for Local Seniors

Upcoming public event: The Artistic Touch:  A Display of Art Work by Local Seniors to be held at St. James Presbyterian Church (Hanwell) on June 8th and June 9th 2018

A call is going out to local artists, age 50+ of all ability levels to submit up to 5 pieces of original art work in any medium for display at the above event.

ALMAG: We’re collecting!

The Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery is looking for objects from the local community to pass on to artist Deanna Musgrave to use in the paintings she is making for the Carleton North High School library. (more…)


ArtsLink NB is seeking a researcher or research team to describe, inventory, analyze, compare, and recommend on arts education in the Anglophone K-12 system in New Brunswick. The researcher or research team will work with ArtsLink staff and board and with a steering committee of artists, educators, and administrators to produce a report for presentation to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development in early 2019. (more…)

Photographers Wanted for Week-Long Photography Camp

Local photographer, Rachael Waters, recently received a grant from the city of Fredericton to host a week-long photography camp for youths with disabilities during the summer of 2018. She is currently looking to hire local photographers as guest instructors during the camp. All photography genres/styles and experience levels are welcome! Previous teaching experience is an asset but not required. There are a variety of time slots available, from a few hours to an entire day or more. The camp is open to youths aged 12 to 18 and will run from July 30 – Aug 3, 2018. NBCCD has generously donated an accessible classroom for use during the camp. If you’re interested in applying, please fill out the online application: The deadline for applications is May 15, 2018. If you have any questions, please email

Nominations Sought for the Playhouse Honours 2018

The Fredericton Playhouse is asking the public for nominations for The Playhouse Honours 2018. Since 2008, the Fredericton Playhouse board of directors has awarded The Playhouse Honours annually. The recognition honours individuals’ involvement in the performing arts in Fredericton, fostering a deeper appreciation of the value that people can make to community life through their work in music, theatre, dance, spoken word, and multidisciplinary performing arts. A permanent display in the west gallery of the Playhouse recognizes the honourees. Nominations can be made by any person or organization. Underscoring the personal investment that they have made in the community, recipients must be individuals, not companies or organizations. Recipients may be a professional or amateur artist, administrator, volunteer, educator, philanthropist, advocate, organizer, etc. A selection committee (jury) comprised of members of the local arts community will review the submissions and recommend an honouree to the Fredericton Playhouse board of directors. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 27, 2018. Past recipients include Ilkay Silk (2008), Brent Staeben (2009), Philip Sexsmith (2010), Walter Learning (2011), Mabel Doak (2012), Bonnie Kilburn (2013), Michael Doherty (2014), Hrvoje and Aida Tisler (2015), Peter Pacey (2016) and Lynn Addleman (2017). The Playhouse Honours is proudly presented by Atlantic Mediaworks.

NotaBle Acts seeks Entries for 17th Annual Province-Wide Playwriting Competition

The NotaBle Acts Theatre Company is seeking submissions for its sixteenth annual province-wide playwriting competition. Contest winners will have their work featured as part of the 2018 NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival, to be held in Fredericton, July 25 – August 4. New Brunswick playwrights have the opportunity to submit work in five categories, one for 15-30 minute site-specific plays, one for 7-10 minute short plays, and another for 30-60 minute one-act plays. Two winners from the one-act category will be staged as part of the festival, along with four winners from the short play category and up to three winners from the site-specific category. Students in New Brunswick Middle and High schools are also eligible to enter scripts for two other categories of the playwriting contest.

In addition to having their work produced at the festival, all winning playwrights will receive a cash prize and script mentoring from a professional playwright. The deadline for entries is April 23, 2018. Copies of the contest rules and guidelines, as well as instructions on how to submit, are available at Questions about the contest can be directed to or (506) 458-7406