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MAKING it in New Brunswick is an innovative forum that brings together a diverse mix of stakeholders to explore how the arts can empower communities. Hosted by ArtsLink NB, the forum is a key opportunity to learn how to harness art, culture, and creativity as catalysts for community vibrancy, sustainability, prosperity, and inclusiveness.

This forum brought workshops to help develop your career, a panel discussion to ask what it means to Make it in New Brunswick, networking events, and a phenomenal Keynote speech from successful contemporary artist, Justin Langlois. Langlois shared his experiences developing a vibrant career from the margins of the Canadian art map. Throughout the Forum, we looked at fostering collaboration across sectors and within our own as a key aspect of creative practice for all disciplines.

Friday, Nov, 4 we kicked off the forum with workshops by our keynote guest and artsnb. In the evening, we joined our artistic colleagues and friends at a laid back networking event and reception at the Charlotte Street Art Centre. In keeping with our theme, the reception was  presented in collaboration with the NB Film Co-op and Silverwave Film Festival. David in the Dark performed.

Saturday was packed with an exciting opening provided by Lisa Ann Ross of Solo Chicken Productions, followed by our AGM and an update from the Premier’s taskforce on the Status of the Artist, then  lunch, breakout discussions, Keynote Speech from Justin Langlois, and an engaging panel discussion featuring our guest and some of New Brunswick’s best and brightest artists committed to making it here.

Check out some images from the Forum


Friday, Nov. 4th; Fredericton Public Library, Chickadee room, 12 Carleton Street

2-4:30 pm, Workshops

2:15-3:00 – Justin Langlois – topic: Collaboration and Creative Practice

Title: Negotiating Power: Collaborative Structures as Creative Practice

3:30 – artsnb – Topic: Accessing artsnb resources

Title: Power Your Project: artsnb Programs & Grants 

Friday, Nov. 4th; Fredericton, Charlotte Street Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte Street

5:30-8pm, Reception in collaboration with Silverwave Film Festival, Performance by Fredericton locals: David in the Dark.

Saturday, Nov. 5th; Provincial Archives Building, 23 Dineen Drive, UNB Campus

8:30 am  Registration opens

9:15-9:40 AM Opening remarks

9:45-10:15 AM Opening activity

10:20-11:30 AM AGM

11:30-11:45 AM Break

11:45-12:30 PM Status of the Artist Presentation

12:40 Lunch and Learn

  • Table Breakout Discussions
  • Member Networking
  • Door Prizes

1:10 Keynote: Justin Langlois: Impossible Demands: Expanding the Role of Art in Small Communities

  • Coffee and Dessert

2:15-3 pm Panel discussion: What does it take to Make it in New Brunswick? Justin Langlois, Emily Saab, Alison Gayton, David Adams, Craig Smith Dow


We would like to acknowledge the support from our partners and sponsors:

UNB Fredericton

The Province of New Brunswick

The Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation

Ignite Fredericton

Hope Seeds

Created Here

La Dulse Vie

Picaroons Traditional Ales

The Silver Wave Film Festival

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