- CATAPULT Arts Accelerator
- The Foundry
- Cross-Cultural Creation Residency (biennial)
- Introspect: a Nature Residency (biennial)
- Digital Connections: Experts on Call
- Atlantic Arts Symposium 2022
- Start to Finish Skills Workshops
CATAPULT Arts Accelerator
ArtsLink NB’s CATAPULT Arts Accelerator gives New Brunswick artists the tools to be prolific and build sustainable careers.
Business skills training, career development, workshops, and mentorship – all in one program.
Artists need the work habits that would allow any entrepreneur or small business owner to succeed in his/her field. Good time management. Solid record keeping and sound financial management. Effective self-promotion and professionalization of your brand. Telling a good story and being heard. Knowing how to write a contract. CATAPULT is all about helping you to be purposeful and organized about the business side of your artistic practice.
Over an 8-week period, CATAPULT participants receive training in fundamental entrepreneurial skills like business modelling, marketing, branding, financial planning, and exporting. Guest speakers and facilitators for the CATAPULT workshops are drawn both from the business and professional art communities. Participants also receive one-on-one coaching from the program coordinator and formal mentorships from individuals operating at the top of their field.
A collection of online courses and resources for professional artists to enhance their skills. ArtsLink NB provides development opportunities on topics essential to arts careers. Connecting artists to the skills they need is a priority for ArtsLink NB. The Foundry is a collection of accessible courses for NB artists to develop skills needed for robust and successful arts practices.
Cross-Cultural Creation Residency
ArtsLink in collaboration with Mawi’art and the AAAPNB established an artistic research residency in 2019 that offered an Indigenous, Anglophone, and Francophone artist with a three-week multi-cultural opportunity that encouraged exploration, collaboration and creation. This is a biennial residency continued in 2021 (with the subsequent Wayfinding exhibit in 2022), and it will return in 2023.
Introspect: a Nature Residency
Introspect: a nature residency is a low-tech residency; a return to the simplest forms of creation. The residency has a focus on the essentials, eliminating all potential distractions by limiting the use of screens and other technologies, to focus entirely on the process of creation. In 2022, the five selected artists stayed in rustic shelters, taking inspiration from the beautiful, picturesque setting of Herring Cove Provincial Park on Campobello Island.
The artists are selected by a peer jury, and come from all around the process, encompassing multiple artistic disciplines. Introspect: a nature residency is a biennial residency, and it will return in 2024.
Digital Connections is an exciting new project led by ArtsLink NB, made possible through funding from the Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund. This project brings together arts organizations of varying sizes and disciplines from across New Brunswick to collectively strengthen the arts across the province by:
- Enhancing collaboration across the arts in New Brunswick through digital means;
- Identifying gaps and needs to increase digital knowledge and capacity;
- Helping equip artists and arts organizations with the necessary resources and training to use digital platforms to their maximum benefit; and,
- Demonstrating digital pathways for connecting with arts audiences.
One-2-ones are 20-30 minute sessions with arts professionals and industry experts. Learn more here.
Arts Atlantic Symposium 2022
The future: It’s coming at us in the next minute, the next day, the next month. How are artists in Atlantic Canada greeting it? This is the foundational question of FUTURE POSSIBLE, the inaugural Arts Atlantic Symposium – a multidisciplinary arts festival and conference. The Arts Atlantic Symposium took place Oct 21-23, 2022 in Saint John. Over the 3-days participants enjoyed performances, installations, exhibitions, presentations, and discussions about the future of art in Atlantic Canada.