Artists in Nova Scotia are receiving more recognition and support, and contributing more than ever to growth in the creative economy, thanks to actions on the five-point plan for arts and culture.
Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, was joined at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia today, Feb. 27, by Arts Nova Scotia chair, Candace Stevenson, and Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council chair, Ron Bourgeois, to celebrate the second anniversary of the province's Five-Point Plan on Arts and Culture.
The plan was introduced in February 2011, with action under way on all fronts, including:
-- Establishing Arts Nova Scotia (ANS), an independent body to oversee funding support for artists
-- Forming the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council (CNSLC) from the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council to advise government on arts and culture policy and lead the development of a provincial cultural strategy
-- Passing the Status of the Artist legislation to support the development of Nova Scotian artists
-- Developing a communications strategy for arts and culture, including new websites for both ANS and CNSLC
-- Creating an interdepartmental committee to co-ordinate the province's efforts to support and fund arts and culture development
"Arts and Culture is a key driver of the creative economy that is shaping the future here at home and around the world," said Mr. Preyra. "I'm confident that our work on the five-point plan has helped to further develop this sector and will strategically position this province to reap the benefits of the creative economy for all Nova Scotians."
The province's arts and culture sector is estimated to have an economic impact of almost $1.2 billion dollars in Nova Scotia with 28,000 jobs directly or indirectly related to culture activities.
"The Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council took a leading role in helping the province move its five-point plan from conception to reality," said Mr. Bourgeois. "Our 15 members have volunteered their time in support of building a stronger arts and culture sector in Nova Scotia and it is with great pleasure that we help celebrate the plan's two-year anniversary."
Ms. Stevenson also introduced the first director of Arts Nova Scotia, Christopher Shore. In this new role, Mr. Shore will oversee the management of approximately $2.7 million in funding to professional artists and artistic organizations in Nova Scotia.
"We are extremely pleased and eager to begin working with Mr. Shore," said Ms. Stevenson. "He has more than seventeen years' experience leading and managing a number of cultural organizations in Nova Scotia and as a working artist, Christopher has a unique understanding of the challenges facing artists."
For more information on Arts Nova Scotia visit novascotia.ca/cch/learning/boards/artsns/
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Artists in Nova Scotia are receiving more recognition and
support, and contributing more than ever to growth in the
creative economy, thanks to actions on the five-point plan for
arts and culture.
Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra
was joined Wednesday (February 27th) at the Art Gallery of Nova
Scotia by members of Arts Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia
Leadership Council to celebrate the second anniversary of the
province's Five-Point Plan on Arts and Culture.
The plan was introduced in February 2011 and includes
establishing the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, Arts
Nova Scotia and websites for both, passing the Status of the
Artist legislation, and creating a committee to co-ordinate
funding and support.
Mr. Preyra says he is confident that the five-point plan
has helped to further develop the arts and culture sector and
will strategically position the province to reap the benefits of
the creative economy in the future.
Media Contact: Glenn Friel
Communities, Culture and Heritage