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. 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 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


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.


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


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, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, is the Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia with over 25 years managing museums across Canada. 


Ken Schwartz, Canning, Kings County, 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, Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, 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.