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. Members of the Board for 2016-2017 are as follows:
Jack Chen, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, is a professional musician, teacher at Acadia University and Artistic Director of Inner Space Concerts.
Peter Dykhuis (Chair), Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, is the Director/Curator of the Dalhousie Art Gallery and is also an internationally exhibiting visual artist and critical writer.
Mhiran Faraday, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, is currently Executive Director of Debut Atlantic and has previously worked with Symphony Nova Scotia and in the theatre sector.
Shauntay Grant, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes creative writing, music, and theatre, and her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian folk tradition as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance.
Shalan Joudry, Bear River, Annapolis County, is a published poet, performer, storyteller, and works as a cultural interpreter and community ecologist.
Ashley McKenzie, Sydney, Cape Breton County, 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.
Nancy Noble is the Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia with over 25 years managing museums across Canada.
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.
PAST BOARD MEMBERS
Cory Bowles, Truro, Colchester County, is an internationally-recognized African Nova Scotian dancer, actor, filmmaker, educator and musician.
Addy Doucette, Antigonish, Antigonish County, is the founder and former artistic producer of Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre, and has extensive experience and knowledge of live theatre in Nova Scotia.
Susan Hanrahan, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, is Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Designers Craft Council.
Mary Elizabeth Luka, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, is an arts management consultant, award-winning documentary producer and director in television and digital media, and a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow whose research concerns the creative economy and the culture sector.
Michel de Noncourt, Antigonish, Antigonish County, is an Acadian-Francophone, bilingual visual artist, sculptor and educator.