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The SHMF is pleased announce its support for the upcoming June visual art conference “East of There” being hosted by the New Brunswick Museum between June 20 and 23rd. Each year, the foundation selects unique projects that will enhance the New Brunswick visual arts ecosystem. In 2013 we are proud to work in partnership to
Calling all Anglophone Professional Artists:
Re: Invitation to a Forum on the Professional Status of Artists
Artists and Friends of the Arts,
The artist’s profession is not very well recognized or well supported in New Brunswick. In order to deal with some of the challenges artists face and to set the stage for the work of the Premier’s Committee on the Status of the Artist, due to begin in August 2013, the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau Brunswick (AAAPNB) is organizing a Forum on the Professional Status of Artists
in conjunction with its Annual General Meeting. The Forum will be held on May 31, June 1 and 2, 2013 in Shippagan and Lamèque.
The Forum will be a major gathering where artists from every cultural group in New Brunswick (Acadian, Anglophone, First Nations and other groups) will be able to discuss the challenges they face related to recognition for their profession and their work. Participants will also have a chance to learn about legislation and programs which have been introduced around the world to improve the working conditions of artists. Presentations and discussions will be interspersed with performances and arts events. The Forum will feature well known artists, including Mr. Claude Robinson, a creator and activist who is deeply involved in the struggle for artists’ rights. This gathering will offer professional artists from every area of the province an exceptional opportunity to get to know each other and network. No other event since 1987 has provided artists with this kind of large scale occasion to meet and discuss with each other. We have included a registration form and the tentative program of the Forum. Please fill out the registration form and return it to us by May 10, 2013 so that we can arrange meals and
accommodation for the participants.
The AAAPNB is pleased to be able to cover expenses for any artist who participates in the Forum. As well as free registration, this includes travel costs, hotel rooms and meals. This Forum will undoubtedly be an important step towards having your profession valued and
supported in New Brunswick. We hope you will attend, and look forward to meeting you for thefirst time or seeing you again in Shippagan and Lamèque!
To find the registration form, itinerary and more information, go to the website HERE
Roundtable on Cultural Human Resources: A Successful First Meeting!
As do all workers, artists and cultural workers need not only education and training to begin their careers, but also continuing education and the opportunity to further their knowledge and increase their skills throughout their lives. In every profession or trade, new techniques and technology, modifications to laws and increased responsibilities require workers to acquire new competencies on an ongoing basis. To respond to these needs, the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture mandated the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (the Acadian association of professional artists) to lead a consultation process with stakeholders and to propose an action plan.
On February 7 and 8, nearly forty people working in the cultural and educational sector―artists, cultural workers, arts administrators, representatives of cultural organizations and educational institutions in New Brunswick’s English-speaking, Acadian and First Nations communities―met in Saint John, NB for the first session of the New Brunswick Roundtable on Cultural Human Resources. Participants had a chance to learn about the process the Roundtable has set out and their roles in it. They made a commitment to support, contribute to and collaborate in the project until March 31, 2014.
Between now and March 2014, the Roundtable will be gathering participants together on three more occasions. Each meeting will mark an important step towards the goal of developing a strategy on cultural human resources in New Brunswick. The strategy will integrate recommendations resulting from the Roundtable sessions and an inventory of existing resources in the sector. It will also outline an action plan to establish a new structure dedicated to cultural human resources in the province.
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