Arts Nova Scotia is marking its two-year anniversary with the appointment of new members and the reappointment of others.
Three vacancies on the board were advertised provincewide and reviewed by the department’s agencies, board and commission screening panel.
The vacancies are being filled by:
— Peter Dykhuis, Halifax Regional Municipality, an artist and director-curator of the Dalhousie Art Gallery, and president of the University and College Art Gallery Association of Canada, for a three-year term
— Mhiran Faraday, Halifax Regional Municipality, executive director of Debut Atlantic, for a three-year term
— Don Sedgwick, Petite Riviere, Lunenburg Co., chairman and past president of Transatlantic Literary Agency Inc., reappointed for a one-year term.
They join eight members who completed their two-year terms in March and have been reappointed:
— Candace Stevenson, Halifax Regional Municipality, who is also chair of Arts Nova Scotia and retired executive director of Culture and Heritage with the former Department of Education and Culture
— Cory Bowles, Halifax Regional Municipality, African Nova Scotian, dancer, actor and musician
— Michel de Noncourt, Antigonish, Acadian, bilingual visual artist, sculptor and educator
— Susan Hanrahan, Halifax Regional Municipality, executive director of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council
— Mary Elizabeth Luka, Halifax Regional Municipality, bilingual arts consultant, award-winning documentary producer and television director
— Barbara Richman, Chester, Lunenburg Co., career arts administrator, consultant and former executive director of Symphony Nova Scotia and Halifax Dance
— Laura Schneider, Sydney, director-curator at Cape Breton University Art Gallery
–- Ursula Johnson, Eskasoni, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, is an award-winning Mi’kmaq artist and educator.
Reporting to the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Tony Ince, Arts Nova Scotia manages programs and funding for Nova Scotia’s artists and arts organizations.
“The board has accomplished a lot in just two years. I thank those who have agreed to continue on the board for another two years and welcome those who have joined,” said Mr. Ince. “I know their commitment in assisting and supporting the growth of Nova Scotia’s arts sector is solid and I look forward to continuing to work with the board in the future.”
Arts Nova Scotia distributed $3.2 million dollars in funding last year to professional artists and arts organizations in Nova Scotia. It partners on three key funding initiatives – the Artist Residency Program, Arts Equity Funding and ArtsVest. It oversees components of the status of artist legislation and manages the provincial art bank and co-hosts the annual art award gala in the fall.
“The continuity that existing board members bring, combined with the valuable expertise of these new members, will serve to further strengthen our board and our commitment to furthering the arts in Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Stevenson.