Artists look forward to support from new Arts Board

Government has set aside $2.4 million to support local artists. The hope is that the Arts Nova Scotia Board will be able to develop a diverse relationship with the arts community in Nova Scotia.

By Hope Perez

Government has set aside $2.4 million to support local artists.

The hope is that the Arts Nova Scotia Board will be able to develop a diverse relationship with the arts community in Nova Scotia.

Arts Nova Scotia board meets for the first time in Halifax. (Hope Perez photo

Heritage Minister David Wilson says, “well without question, I think it is a great day for the arts sector in Nova Scotia.”

The purpose of the board is to support individual artists and art organizations in the province. The board provides money for individual artists, the Portia White award, and other awards.

The board was part of the Arts and Culture’s five-point plan released last year.
Members range from artists to administrators who offer a wealth of experience in the arts community and sit on several other boards.

“All members are very highly sensitized to what the issues are and have a good professional and personal networks to reconnect back with the community at several different levels,” says board member Mary Elizabeth Luka.

Luka is an arts consultant and documentary producer among other things.

Wilson says by working with the Nova Scotia Creative Leadership Council, the board hopes to “ensure that we as a government support arts and culture and the creative economy in the province.”

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Minister David Wilson discusses artist involvement.