Arts Nova Scotia is an agency of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Its 11 person board oversees the budget and programs. The Director of Arts Nova Scotia reports to the board for operations and to the Executive Director of Culture and Heritage Development for human resource issues.


Arts Nova Scotia is managed by a professional staff who works closely with the administration team of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to deliver all programs and services.

Enrique Ferreol, Program Officer

Enrique Ferreol (he/him/they), Program Officer

Cell (902) 219-4669 / Office (902) 424-6472 |

Enrique Ferreol is the Program Officer responsible for the Grants to Individuals, Arts Equity Funding Initiative, and Mi’kmaq Arts programs. From 2010 to 2015, Enrique worked as the Arts Officer with the Nova Scotia Art Bank and from 2006 to 2010 as the Assistant Curator, Education at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  Enrique completed a BFA in painting and drawing from  “La Esmeralda”, the National School of Fine Arts in Mexico, where he is originally from, and also has worked professionally as an actor in theatre, cinema, and television in Mexico and Canada.

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Lauren Williams (she/her), Program Officer

(902) 471-5720 |

Lauren Williams is Assistant Curator & Outreach Coordinator at Arts Nova Scotia. She handles the Nova Scotia Art Bank purchase and lending programs, the Creative Nova Scotia awards, as well as communication and outreach initiatives. She comes to arts funding by way of a Bachelor Arts in Contemporary Studies and English from University of King’s College and a Master of Museum Studies from University of Toronto with recent experience at the Nova Scotia Art Bank and the Museum of Inuit Art.

Arts Nova Scotia

Briony Carros (she/her), Director

(902) 240-8278 |

Briony made the leap into public service after a long-standing commitment to the non-profit arts and culture sector as Executive Director of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, President of the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia and service to many other Boards/committees. In each role, Briony worked in consultation with senior leaders and government officials at the municipal, provincial and federal levels to develop programs and policies. Briony received her BFA from NSCAD University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at Dalhousie University.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Arts Nova Scotia oversees all aspects of the agency's programs and has responsibility for allocating the annual budget. The Board reports directly to the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage through meetings and through the presentation of the annual report. 

Sarah OToole

Sarah OToole, Antigonish

Sarah is a creative collaborator and community developer living in Antigonish with her spouse and three children. She works with community stakeholders to centre the role of artists and creative expression in community life.

Jack Chen

Jack Chen, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality

Jack Chen is a professional musician, teacher at Acadia University and Artistic Director of Inner Space Concerts.

Melissa Labrador

Melissa Labrador, Wildcat Community, Queens County

Melissa Labrador is a Mi'kmaq Artist and Apprentice Birch Bark Canoe builder from the Wildcat Community.

Nancy Noble

Nancy Noble, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality

Nancy Noble is the Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia with over 25 years managing museums across Canada. 

Ken Schwartz

Ken Schwartz (Chair), Canning, Kings County

Ken Schwartz is the Artistic Director of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre and the co-founder of the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. 

Liliona Quarmyne

Liliona Quarmyne, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality

Liliona Quarmyne is a Ghanaian/Filipino choreographer, dance, actor and facilitator whose work draws from her eclectic background and explores the intersections of art and social justice.

Daren Okafo

Daren Okafo (Vice-Chair), Halifax

Daren Okafo is originally from Dublin, Ireland, but has been living and working in Nova Scotia for over 30 years. He has worked and studied in community engagement and radical adult education across the globe. As a hip-hop musician and DJ, Daren produced work for a number of local figures, scored music for CBC and MTV as well as performed at several major international festivals.