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The Department of Education and Culture today announced the 15
members of the new Nova Scotia Arts Council/Conseil des arts de
la Nouvelle Ecosse. The council will function at arm's length
from government and award grants to artists based on peer
assessment and merit. The legislation to create the new council
was passed during the fall sitting of the legislature.

"The first council represents the widest possible range of
expertise and influences," said Candace Stevenson, executive
director of Heritage and Culture, on behalf of Education and
Culture Minister John MacEachern. "We believe it reflects the
rich cultural mix and dynamic approach of the province's artists
and cultural producers."

Selection of the first council members involved such
considerations such as regional, cultural, ethnic, and gender
representation as well as background and experience in cultural
activities. A nominating committee reviewed the 97 applications
received and recommended the list of nominees. Many of the
appointed members are established artists from various
disciplines, while others are arts educators, administrators and

"The council's members will be responsible for establishing
appropriate directions and programming for the new arts council,"
said Susan Gibson Garvey, representing the nominating committee.

"This is a very exciting step for the province's arts community.
The council will create a climate that fosters excellence,
diversity and vitality in the arts. The role played by the
premier, and by Mr. MacEachern and his department, in creating
the council has been significant and much appreciated."

Appointed as the council's first members are:

Susan Atkinson-Keen, Halifax, - well-known children's author and
former president of the Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia;

Ninette Babineau, Bedford, - arts education consultant,
professional musician and adjudicator;

Ron Bourgeois, Halifax, - composer, performer, producer and
well-known member of the Acadian and music communities;

Douglas Brown, Marion Bridge, - producer, translator and writer
with national and international experience in arts management;

Caroline Chan, Halifax - visual artist, recent Nova Scotia
College of Art and Design graduate and administrative director
for the Khyber Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts;

Rick Emberley, Dartmouth,- chair and founding member of Bristol
Communications, president of the Neptune Theatre Foundation and
active supporter of numerous arts organizations;

Shelly Fashan, Lake Echo,- member of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, 
with extensive experience in equity concerns

Chris King, Baddeck, - artist, quilt maker, president of Arts
Cape Breton, founding member of the Centre Bras d'Or Festival and
member of the University College of Cape Breton Art Gallery
advisory committee;

James MacSwain, Halifax, - visual artist in photography, video
and experimental film and former member of the peer assessment
committee for the Canada Council;

Mern O'Brien, Halifax, - director of the Dalhousie Art Gallery,
former jury member of the Canada Council and the National Museums
of Canada and experienced arts administrator;

Joan Prosper, Truro, - cultural project officer for the Mi'kmaq
Association of Cultural Studies and member of the Society of
Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry;

Pat Richards, Boutilier's Point, - professional choreographer,
dancer and dance educator with experience on local, provincial
and national arts boards including the Nova Scotia Talent Trust;

Ken Schwartz, Sheffield Mills, - playwright, artistic director of
Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, and chair of the Nova Scotia
Professional Theatre Alliance;

Carol Sinclair, Country Harbour - playwright and actor who has
worked with theatre companies regionally and nationally, and is
active in the Playwright's Union of Canada, and the Writer's
Federation of Nova Scotia; and

Susan Tileston, Granville Ferry, - freelance photographer, writer
and founding member and current executive director of the
Annapolis Region Community Arts Council.


Contact: Lisa Bugden  902-424-2795

trp                      Apr. 30, 1996 - 4:15 p.m.