ARTSLINK NB ACTIVITIES
Founded in 2009 to unify artists and arts organizations and promote their value, ArtsLink works hard to:
Explain to the government, the private sector, and the public why greater support for the arts isn’t just a good idea, but a smart and necessary investment.
Give artists the tools and training they need to succeed in New Brunswick – and beyond.
Create opportunities for artists to meet with each other and with other stakeholders, to learn, share, and be inspired together.
Offer benefits that cater to our members’ unique needs, including a health insurance plan for artists
Here is more detail about what we’ve been up to:
Advocacy is of critical importance to ArtsLink and its members. We work had to ensure policy-makers understand the economic and social contribution of artists, as well as the challenges they face in living and working in New Brunswick.
We present our members’ concerns at numerous discussions at the provincial, national and international levels, including: Maine-New Brunswick Cultural Initiative Taskforce (ongoing); New Brunswick Cultural Human Resources Transition Committee (current); New Brunswick Cultural Policy Renewal Roundtable (2012-2013); New Brunswick Cultural Industries Strategy Working Group (2013-2014); Arts Day at the Legislature (ongoing); Pre-budget consultations, attendance at provincial budget presentation (2012); The Premier’s Taskforce on the Status of the Artist (ongoing); Leaders’ Forum on Arts and Culture (2010); and preliminary discussions on the Premier’s Committee on the Socio-Economic Status of the Artist (2010-2011).
Artists need opportunities to get together, to share ideas, get inspired and meet possible collaborators and partners. ArtsLink NB events include:
Annual forum featuring exceptional speakers, performances and discussions; a great opportunity to connect with the provincial arts community, including stakeholders in government, and the private and social-profit sectors. Our forum theme for 2014 was ‘Creative Placemaking’
Workshops: Our members choose the subjects, and we hire the experts who will help them become better artists, and better business people. The 2014-15 Skills Workshop series will cover ‘Writing for a Grant’, ‘Social Media Marketing’ and ‘Crowdfunding 101’ Register Now.
AGM: Your vote matters. Share your views and guide ArtsLink NB priorities and programs at the annual general meeting.
Monthly newsletter features news, job postings, calls for submission, residency openings, and other opportunities for members to make and share their work.
Social media: Daily updates on the arts in New Brunswick and beyond, as well as member-generated event listings and news.
Outreach: ArtsLink NB’s executive director visited nine New Brunswick communities in 2011, and another tour is planned for 2014 to meet members face-to-face.
Website: Your go-to site for research, resources and professional development tools, as well as a personal web page for each members share images and information about their practice, events listings, the ArtsLink NB Twitter feed, and more.
‘Sustaining New Brunswick’s Arts and Cultural Workforce’ (2013): ArtsLink NB commissioned economic development expert David Campbell to analyze the challenges facing artists in this provinces. ArtsLink NB is working to implement a number of his recommendations.
‘A Global Strategy for the Integration of Arts and Culture’ (2011), the English translation of the defining document of our francophone partners at the Association des artist.e.s acadien.ne.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, is a comprehensive roadmap to incorporating the arts and culture into society.
ArtsLink NB members’ survey (2011): A wide, deep inquiry into what ArtsLink NB members want and need.
Leading speakers & thinkers, including: Donna McNeil, director, Maine Arts Commission (2011); Alain Pineau, Canadian Conference of the Arts, national director (2012); Stephen Huddart, McConnell Family Foundation, executive director (2013).
Collaboration is key, and ArtsLink NB is actively working with other organizations in the arts and beyond to share ideas, and develop new opportunities for our members. Recent activity includes: cohosting Music NB Week mixer (2013); cohosting Global Entrepreneurship Week Kickoff (2013); Harvesting the Arts presenter (2013); Culture Days, New Brunswick committee member (ongoing); Sculpture Saint John selection committee jury (2011); Emerging Musicians Series (2011); Saint John 225 Saint Cultural Capital committee member (2010); New Brunswick Book Purchasing Policy Roundtable participant (2010). Here’s a glance at some of the many organizations and institutions with whom we’ve collaborated, consulted or otherwise partnered with recently:
Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation; AAAPNB; artsnb; Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture;Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour; Enterprise Saint John; ACOA;Pond-Deshpande Centre at UNB; CARFAC Maritimes; Music NB; Cultural Human Resources Council; Canada Council for the Arts; Alberta Culture; NB Film Coop; NB Visual Educators Association; New Brunswick Youth Orchestra; Mount Allison University; University of New Brunswick Saint John; Canadian Folk Music Awards; New Brunswick College of Craft and Design; Government House; Stewart-McKelvey; Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Saint John Arts Centre; NB Foundation for the Arts, Enterprise Greater Moncton; Goose Lane Editions; Acre Architects; The Tides Institute & Museum of Art; Maine Arts Commission; InterAction School of Performing Arts …. and more.
It has been a busy few years – and we’re just getting started.