Speaking Up on Arts Education: GOING AHEAD in Fredericton Tonight


Mar. 13, Fredericton:

We are going forward as planned. If you cant attend we ill have lots of other ways to participate in this project including an online survey released this week. Drive Safe everyone!

We will attempt another Facebook live stream tonihgt too.

For more, see artslinknb.com/arts-education

One and All – Parents, educators, artists, students, and all interested community members: Join us Monday March 12 from 6PM-8PM for a dynamic discussion about arts education!

Everyone will have an opportunity to discuss the future of Anglophone public arts education in New Brunswick at this energetic world café.

We’ll ask you about your community and family’s access to arts education. Your feedback will help us paint a picture of what arts education looks like across the Anglophone School Districts.

March 12 – Saint John, ASDS District Office, 490 Woodward Ave, 6-8 PM

March 13- Fredericton, The Ville, 241 Canada St, 6-8PM

March 14 -Miramichi, ASDN District Office, 78 Henderson St, 6-8 PM

March 15 – Moncton Moncton Public Libary, 644 Main St, 6-8 PM


The Arts Education Town Halls are part of a review of Anglophone arts education being led by ArtsLink NB as an important element in the realization of the province’s Cultural Policy. Participants will be asked to reflect on the state of arts education in their school district and to consider the impacts of arts education on their children, their students, or themselves. Discussions will identify significant challenges facing arts education as well as gathering ideas for what Anglophone arts education could look like in the future. Input will help direct further research as ArtsLink prepares a report on ways in which curriculum design, staffing, and resources can ensure that New Brunswick is doing its best to capitalize on the societal benefits that can be delivered by arts education in the schools.


Sarah Jones is teaching a course on Renaissance art this Spring!

HUM 1906

(with formidable and occasional art historian, Professor Sarah, yarr)


A survey of art, sculpture and architecture of the fifteenth and sixteenth century Europe, introducing artists like Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Bosch.

This introductory course is open to all students; no prerequisites are required. It is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of art history and an opportunity to develop a critical approach to visual culture. 

Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 7-9:20 pm  |  May 1 to June 28

Community members are welcome to audit the course, which means you can soak up all the art history tidbits without having to write the exams. Register by contacting the UNB Saint John Registrar’s Office.

SJAC: Professional Visual Artists’ Fund

The application process for this year’s funding opens March 1, 2018. Submission deadline is March 31, 2018. The announcement of the 2018 recipient will be at the opening reception for new exhibits at SJAC on May 4, 2018.

History & Administration of the Fund

A group of professional artists and arts supporters in the Saint John region joined forces some years ago to organize a number of highly successful fundraising events: Art in the City Studio Tour (2003) Art and Artifacts (2005) and Whodunit? (2007). The proceeds from these events have gone to establish the Professional Artists’ Fund which is managed through the Greater Saint John Community Foundation.

Since 2014, The New Brunswick Museum and the Saint John Arts Centre have managed the annual application process and the awarding of the grant. A three-person jury will review all applications.

Purpose of the Fund

The goal was to bring this fund to a point where at least one annual grant of $1000 could be drawn from the interest and awarded to a professional visual artist who needs financial assistance to pursue aspects of their careers (for example: studio rental, exhibit costs, art materials, research travel, etc.)

Unlike other arts grants, there is no final report.


artsVest NB Cycle 2: Info Session + Workshop

We are thrilled to announce that the second artsVest cycle for New Brunswick will start in April! Three Information and Sponsorship workshops have been scheduled:

Saint John – April 17th 

Moncton – April 18th (English and French)

Here is the link to reserve your seat: http://bit.ly/artsvestnb

Attendance at one of the above sessions is mandatory unless you are unable to attend due to distance. If that’s the case, you can participate in the online information session on April 23rd – you must register via the link above.

You must re-apply to the artsVest program in order to participate again this year.


Volunteer organizers and supporters of The
New Brunswick Mat Registry are launching a fundraising campaign, in collaboration with the New Brunswick Museum, with the goal of creating a virtual museum database recording the history of hooked rugs in the province, complete with images, stories, and interviews. The target for the three-
year drive is $70,000.

For more than 200 years, the hands of loving New Brunswickers have incorporated favorite scenes into
hooked mats by re-purposing rags, cast-off clothing, and other materials at hand. More than just family
heirlooms, these homemade treasures, hooked by mothers and grandmothers to warm and brighten
their homes, represent a priceless part of provincial heritage.

In the words of Peter Larocque, Curator of Cultural History and Art at the New Brunswick Museum,
“mats produced in this province are exceptional examples of skill, ingenuity and artistic ability.”

It is to safeguard that heritage that volunteers from across the province created The New Brunswick
Mat Registry, dedicated to documenting hooked mats and the heart-warming stories behind them.
Already, more than 450 mats have been registered. Many more remain to be recorded and all must be
integrated into the online resource. The process is costly, including content development, photography, videography, graphic design, development of learning modules, website development and translation
of all exhibit materials into both official languages.

“Our fundraising success will depend on a wide range of supporters, from individual rug hookers and
collectors, to historic companies that are themselves part of New Brunswick’s heritage,” says Judy
Morison, campaign co-chair. “In that regard, we are especially pleased to announce that Briggs and
Little Woolen Mills Ltd., Canada’s oldest woolen mill, is the first company to sign on as a corporate

“Thanks to the ongoing partnership with the New Brunswick Museum” she continues, “individuals and
corporate donors who wish to make a donation to the project may do so through the Museum and
receive a receipt for income tax purposes”.

The database, in its earliest form, can be viewed at www.mats-tapisnb.com. The site already contains
a wealth of detailed images of individual mats, as well as video interviews with some of New
Brunswick’s foremost rug-hooking artists.

“These mats demonstrate vividly how the past really does influence the present,” states Pat Winans,
artist and rug-hooker. “The older ones especially, tell the stories of the women who made them. You
can see and feel their influence, their skill at going beyond household craft to create real art.”

Marielle Poirier
(506) 533-9578

Judy Morison
(506) 224-0246 or 379-6682

THIRD SHIFT Call For Project Proposals

Third Space is now seeking project proposals from artists, collectives and organizations to be included in THIRD SHIFT, our annual festival of public contemporary artworks!

Established in 2015, THIRD SHIFT aims to offer citizens a unique opportunity to engage with contemporary art and re-imagine their city. THIRD SHIFT holds space for new experiences and communal exchange through the exhibition of temporary installations, interventions, performances and projections in the heart of Uptown Saint John. Motivated by the potential for deeper engagement, THIRD SHIFT is proud to announce it has expanded its schedule to include two days of artistic presentations and workshops leading up to our signature nighttime exhibition on Friday, August 17th, 2018.

Geographically, THIRD SHIFT takes place within unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq, and Passamaquoddy First Nations and in Canada’s first incorporated city. We encourage proposals that reflect our objectives as an alternative, non-commercial, contemporary artist-run centre. We aim to support efforts that are exploratory, challenging and critical in nature. We encourage emerging and established artists to propose projects that have not yet been realized as well as investigations that have been started or completed elsewhere.

Guidelines for submitting proposals:

  • Projects must be temporary or ephemeral in nature.

  • Third Space will be paying selected artists an honorarium fee in accordance to the 2018 CARFAC fee schedule.

  • Limited production, travel and accommodation funds will be available. Amounts will depend on Third Space’s financial resources for the festival. Funding requirements must be outlined in your proposal.

  • Please note: Third space does not provide technical equipment for projects such as projectors, screens and cables. We will however help artists secure power sources.

  • We ask that artists who were selected in  2017 do not apply again until 2019. Please get in touch if you have any questions about this new criteria.

Submissions should include:

  • Project description (max 500 words)

  • Technical requirements (access to power sources etc.)

  • Preferred location (general or site-specific)

  • Artist bio (max 250 words)

  • 6 to 10 images

  • Numbered image list, including title, medium and dimensions. If including video and/or audio files please include a weblink.

  • Please indicate if you are willing to offer an artist talk or workshop in conjunction with your project. Required technical equipment will be made available.

    Proposals should be sent by email to the address: thirdspacesubmissions@gmail.com with the subject line: THIRD SHIFT 2018. Third Space will also accept proposals via phone, video or audio file if email or text-based format is not accessible to the applicant.

    Deadline for submissions is April 1st, 2018.







(Recreation and Culture

Program Officer 3)



The Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture is seeking a Program Consultant in the Arts and Cultural Industries Branch in Fredericton.

The Arts and Cultural Industries Branch provides leadership for the development, implementation and monitoring of government programs, policies and strategies supporting the arts and cultural industries in the province. This branch fosters and promotes the study and enjoyment of, and creation and production of the arts for the benefit of all New Brunswickers.  The Arts unit ensures specialized services in the development, promotion and administration of arts and cultural programs and services.

Reporting to the Arts Manager, the successful candidates will be responsible for the following responsibilities:

  • Working as a member of a team to ensure program delivery and client services;
  • Carrying out specialized functions in specific disciplines or activities and providing support, direction and advice to provincial clients, cultural industry networks, and partners in the arts and other sectors;
  • Proposing and/or developing new or special programs, procedures and policies for the Branch;
  • Improving delivery systems in related activity areas;
  • Identifying requirements and evaluating programs of specific activities;
  • Providing information and advice to other departmental divisions, departments, municipalities, organizations,  and industry and provincial clients;
  • Collaborating with external stakeholders on acquisition of art for the Art Bank;
  • Coordinating and supervising of an Art Bank Technician in the care and handling of the NB Art Bank collection;
  • Providing visibility of the NB Art Bank collection locally, provincially and regionally through acquisition and exhibition programs, and other initiatives, in conjunction with collaborations, partnerships and initiatives to ensure the collection is accessible to diverse audiences of all ages;
  • Performing other related duties.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from university with a master’s in business/public administration,  liberal arts or a related discipline and a minimum of one (1) year of related experience OR graduation from university with a bachelor degree business/public administration, in liberal arts or a related discipline and a minimum of six (6) years of related experience.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

Written and spoken competence in English and French is required. Please state your language capability.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the essential requirements to be given further consideration. Please ensure that preferred language for assessment is identified on your resume.

ASSET QUALIFICATIONS:  Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the following asset qualifications:

  • Knowledge of care and handling of art work in diverse media;
  • Knowledge of the provincial arts and cultural sector.

Subject to the response to this competition, applicants may be required to demonstrate on their application all the asset qualifications in addition to the essential qualifications in order to be given further consideration.

The following operational requirements are also required:  

    • Working on weekends / evenings;
  • Travel throughout the Province.

BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES: The successful candidate will possess the following behavioral competencies:  Effective Interactive Communication; Client Service Orientation;  Results Orientation; Self-Confidence; Commitment to Learning; Relationship/Network Building; Analytical Thinking/Judgment; and Teamwork and Cooperation.

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES:   The successful candidate will possess the following technical competencies: Specialized Subject Matter Expertise and Knowledge; Project Management; Consulting Skills; and Planning and Organizing Skills.

Résumés should be in chronological order specifying education and employment in months and years including part-time and full-time employment.

SALARY:  From $2,449 to $2,939 bi-weekly.

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies at the same level within the same work location.

We encourage applicants to apply on-line at https://www.ere.gnb.ca/competition.aspx?lang=E&t=Y,by email to thchumres@gnb.ca or by mail at the following address on or before March 9, 2018 indicating competition number THC-18-07.  

Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Human Resource Services

Marysville Place, 4th floor

P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1

(506) 453-3115

We thank all those who apply however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

As per the Civil Service Act, candidates registered with the Equal Employment Opportunity Program and veterans, who demonstrate they are among the most qualified, shall be given preference at the time of appointment.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we promote a scent-reduced environment.

Art in the Open is seeking artist proposals for our 2018 festival.

Art in the Open is inviting local, regional and national artists to submit their artistic proposals for the annual summer festival. The festival’s main event will take place from 4pm until midnight on August 25th, 2018. The festival is looking for unique submissions that will transform downtown Charlottetown’s green spaces into magical, memorable, creative spaces that will be shared by all members of the community.

Festival locations will include Rochford Square, Government Pond, Connaught Square, the Confederation Centre plaza, Victoria Row and Victoria Park.

Submissions should be new, innovative, and represent excellence in your field of art. Deadline for submission is March 31, 2018.

To download the 2018 Art in the Open proposal package please visit: www.artintheopenpei.com

Contact Art in the Open Inc. at artintheopepei@gmail.com


Galerie Sans Nom is seeking proposals by artists, collectives or curators for its 2017 – 2018 programming season.

Galerie Sans Nom is an artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation of visual and multidisciplinary Canadian art. Since 1977, the centre has supported artists initiatives, encouraging experimentation and innovation. Galerie Sans Nom’s programming takes into account current artistic tendencies and reflects contemporary issues while remaining relevant to its social and artistic community. GSN extends its activities to a variety of artistic practices and disciplines in order to respond to the changing needs of a diverse community in a growing urban environment. We especially invite artists who belong to communities that are underrepresented and marginalized to submit a project.

Galerie Sans Nom respects CARFAC recommended artists fees.

Submission requirements :

* Letter of intent (full name + address + phone number + website + short description)
* Title and detailed description of project
* Technical requirements
* Artist statement + short bio
* Curriculum vitae
* 10 to 15 examples of recent work with detailed list of support material
> images : jpeg / 72dpi
> audio and video : provide links – 5 minutes maximum

Please submit as a single PDF to galeriesansnom@gmail.com and write «Call 2018» as your email subject. For more info you can write Annie at the same email!

Deadline : April 1st 2018 – 11:59PM (AST)

ARTrepreneur-in-Residence Program

Do you have a passion for creation but find yourself in need of basic business skills? Are you entering the creative workforce and unsure where to begin?

You love being an artist and we don’t want to change that. Turn your passion into a viable business with the ARTrepreneur-in-Residence program, an initiative designed to help creative workers turn their craft into a lucrative business by gaining access to key entrepreneurial resources. From weavers to writers, the ARTrepreneur-in-Residence program accepts creators from all disciplines looking to start and grow their business in Fredericton.

Located in Planet Hatch, Fredericton’s core entrepreneurial hub, the ARTrepreneur-in-Residence will be given the necessary tools to begin building their business and professional network by being connected to business resources such as mentorship, office and meeting space, access to events and entrepreneurial programming, ability to publicly display and promote their product or service, and so much more! 
Participation fee: $0 | Application cost: $0 | Program: Priceless

Call to Artists for Expressions of Interest: Public Art Pilot Project, Dieppe

Deadline for artists to register: Friday, February 23, 2018 (midnight). 

A Call to Artists for Expressions of Interest is issued by the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for commission of artwork(s) for a New Brunswick public school. Professional New Brunswick artist(s) will design, create and permanently install artwork at a new school in Dieppe, NB. The total project budget is $20,000.

Professional New Brunswick artists who are interested in submitting proposals must register for the project. The registration form is available at www.gnb.ca/culture. Registration deadline is Friday, February 23, 2018 (midnight).  A meeting will be held in Dieppe for registered artists to view the school’s architectural plans (date and time TBC).

The new elementary school in Dieppe will serve over 1000 students, teachers and staff. The school has two wings, one for students in grades 3 – 5, and the other for students in grades 6 – 8, to be opened in September 2018.  The commissioned art work(s) should reflect the concepts of learning, community, and diversity; and should engage the school community in ways that reflect the new school’s relation to the city, in particular the history, language and francophone culture of Acadie. This commission has a completion and installation deadline of March 31, 2019.


The NB Film Co-op’s annual filmmaking workshop series presents classes in all aspects of filmmaking from screenwriting to editing to how to become a stunt person in film and television. The first workshop, “The Most Awesome Grip Workshop Ever” is a great technical primer and hands on. Learn how to be the best Grip EVER to get the blood pumping. Before you know it, you will be mind-melding with your cinematographer, knowing where to put the lights before they even speak.
Many of the workshops help you learn the production process and where to find the resources to make your first film. The workshops are also filled with personal stories that will help you navigate the New Brunswick film community and your productions as a smart troubleshooter who is ready for anything that gets thrown at you.
Other workshops in the series cover different stages of the filmmaking process and the roles involved in those stages. Learn from professional filmmakers at different levels who are active in their field and connect with fellow workshop participants in this practical hands-on annual series.
All workshops are open to the public. There are discounts for NB Film Co-op members.
The Fredericton workshops for 2018 are launched and open for registration! Check them out online at http://nbfilmcoop.com/workshops
Please email info@nbfilmcoop.com to ensure there are still spaces in any workshops you are interested in taking before you register.
The Moncton and Saint John Workshop Schedules will go up online on the NB Film Co-op workshop link in March.

Mount Allison University is pleased to invite applications for the J.E.A. Crake Drama Fellowship for the academic year 2018-19

The Crake Drama Fellowship is supported by the J.E.A. Crake Foundation and is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and the successful candidate will contribute to a non-conservatory inter-disciplinary program in Drama Studies that supports an extensive season of theatrical production in one of Canada’s top-ranked undergraduate universities.

The Fellow, an artist-scholar with the minimum qualification of an MFA or equivalent experience, will be asked to contribute, as part of a team of theatre professionals and academics, in ways appropriate to her/his qualifications and experience and, in particular: 1) teach two three-credit courses to be determined in consultation with the Director of Drama, including leadership of the DRAM 4011 course; 2) supervise student projects as a member of a teaching team in both semesters; and 3) provide a public presentation or an artistic outcome (normally, but not necessarily, a directed production).

The Fellow is expected to be in Sackville during the term of the appointment, from August 15, 2018 to April 15, 2019, except for time required to attend the occasional conference or professional meeting. According to parameters established by the funding Foundation, the Drama Fellow will not undertake other paid employment during the academic semesters. There is the possibility of renewal for one further eight-month contract during the next academic year.

Subject to budgetary approval, the Fellow will receive $31,500 plus benefits including moving expenses, an amount for professional development, and health and dental insurance. Review of applications will begin on 15 February 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must include a complete résumé, transcripts where appropriate, and three letters of reference, and should be emailed to:

Dr. Glen Nichols, Director of Drama
Drama Studies Program
Mount Allison University
152 Main Street
Sackville, N.B. Canada E4L 1B4
e-mail : gnichols@mta.ca

Mount Allison acknowledges, honours and respects the Mi’kmaw and Wolastoquyik (Maliseet) peoples, the historic inhabitants, custodians, and dwellers on the land where our university is built, and confirms its commitment to strengthen relationships with them.

Mount Allison is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage applications from members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual and gender identities. We seek candidates with qualifications and knowledge to contribute specifically to the further diversification of our campus community.

The Nature of Nature

The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia, 1976-2016 (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia/Anchorage Press) is a remarkable artefact–a book designed to make photographs come to life in our hands. Thaddeus Holownia works in large format photography, and the majority of his work has been made with an antique instrument called a banquet camera, designed to photograph large groups. The negative size from these cameras varies, but is usually 7 x 17 or 8 x 20 inches. For much of his career Holownia has elected to print his photographs at the same scale–creating horizontal prints, dense with information, that are perfect for photographing the landscape. Review by Ray Cronin



Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) will be hosting the 2018 PARC Playwrights’ Colonyfrom May 13 to 27 in Sackville, New Brunswick on the Mount Allison University campus.

The annual Playwrights’ ColonyPARC’s flagship program, is a two-week long playwrights’ residency open to emerging and established playwrights in Atlantic Canada.  At the Colony, eight to ten playwrights from across the Atlantic region will have an opportunity to develop a new script. The Colony offers the most intensive writing opportunity for playwrights in this region. Writers benefit from the one-on-one assistance of a professional dramaturge and the expertise of a professional company of experienced workshop actors (during the second week of the colony).

The deadline for submissions is: Friday February 2, 2018

For more information about the application process visit the PARC website here: http://www.playwrightsatlantic.ca/news-events/news/parcs-annual-playwrights-colony-submission-deadline

January: Upcoming notices

Applications for Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation’s 2018 Facilitation Grant Program Deadline: January 15

Registration for 2018 Fredericton Music Festival Deadline: January 21

Craft NB Biennale Curator Application Deadline: January 29

Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation 2018 Marie Hélène Allain Fellowship Award Deadline: January 30

artsnb Arts Scholarships Program: Deadline February 1

artsnb Artist-in-Residence Program: Deadline February 1

artsnb Creative Residency Program: Deadline February 1

2018 PARC PLAYWRIGHTS’ COLONY Deadline: February 2

City of Fredericton Annual Arts, Culture and Heritage Funding Program Deadline: February 16

10th Tremplin Competition for French-Speaking Filmmakers Outside of Quebec Deadline: February 19

Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick 2017-18 writing competition Deadline: February 28


APA is Hiring!

Sunbury Shores: Marketing & Communications Coordinator


Wilson Street Public Art Project Guelph; Deadline: January 29
Toronto Sculpture Garden Toronto; Deadline: January 29 
National Call for Artists, Public Art Project Canmore; Deadline January 31
Canadian Songwriter Competition Deadline: January 31
Canthius Publication Deadline: February 1
The New Quarterly Deadline: February 28
The Great Escape 2018 Deadline: February 12


Brucebo Fine Art Summer Residency Scholarship (Gotland, Sweden) and The William Blair Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship: Deadline: January 31
Women’s Studio Workshop Studio Residency Grant Deadline: February 1
Women’s Studio Workshop Legacy Residency Grant Deadline: February 1
The Malahat Review Novella Prize Deadline: February 1
Radio Starmaker Fund: Deadline February 15
Faena Prize for the Arts Deadline: February 20
SLS Fiction and Poetry Contest Deadline:  February 28
The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest Deadline:  February 28
Auditory Cortex: A Poetry Contest Deadline:  February 28
CBC Nonfiction Prize Deadline: February 28


Banff Centre for the Arts Residencies and Practicum
VIA Rail’s Artists on board Program
Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize: Deadline: January 25
Est-Nord-Est: Artist and Author residencies: Deadline: February 1
Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency: Deadline: February 1
La Macina di San Cresci Residency Deadline: February 11
Women’s Studio Workshop Nonprofit Management Internship Deadline: February 15
Women’s Studio Workshop Studio Internship Deadline: February 15
Women’s Studio Workshop Summer Internship Deadline: February 15
Berton House Writers’ Retreat Deadline: February 21