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.

Staff

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.

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Arts Nova Scotia

Briony Carros, Director

(902) 424-4008 |

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.

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Lauren Williams, Program Officer

(902) 424-0350 |

Lauren Williams is a Program Officer at Arts Nova Scotia. Currently, she handles the Project Grants for Publishers, Grants to Organizations & Small Groups and Operational Assistance to Arts programs. 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.

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Arts Nova Scotia

Laura Carmichael, Assistant Curator and Outreach Officer

(902) 424-3422 |

Laura received a BFA from NSCAD University and a Master’s in Art Education from Concordia University. She has several years experience in education and public programming in art museums. Laura has been involved with various arts organizations in Halifax.

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Mireille Bourgeois (on leave until March 2020), Program Officer

(902) 424-3422 |

Mireille received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design and an MA from the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Bourgeois has over 14 years of experience in the non-profit sector and continues her independent curatorial career. She manages the Grants to Small Groups and Organizations, Operating Assistance to Arts Organizations and Project Grants for Publishers programs.

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. 

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Peter Dykhuis

Peter Dykhuis (Chair), Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality

Peter Dykhuis is the Director/Curator of the Dalhousie Art Gallery and is also an internationally exhibiting visual artist and critical writer.

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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.

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Mhiran Faraday

Mhiran Faraday, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality

Mhiran Faraday is a Nova Scotia-based Arts Administrator currently working with the Banff Centre. Previously, she was Executive Director of Debut Atlantic and has worked with Symphony Nova Scotia and in the theatre sector.

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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.

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Ashley McKenzie

Ashley McKenzie, Sydney, Cape Breton County

Ashley McKenzie is a film maker whose film Rhonda’s Party was named as one of Canada’s top 10 shorts at the Toronto International Film Festival and won CBC’s Short film faceoff. 

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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. 

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Ken Schwartz

Ken Schwartz, 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. 

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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.