Arts Nova Scotia is seeking proposals from an individual to serve as Programming Director to curate and artistically lead the Creative Nova Scotia Awards taking place on November 3rd, 2024.  

About the Creative Nova Scotia Awards

Presented by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, the Creative Nova Scotia Awards is an annual event that celebrates excellence in artistic achievement, notably including the announcement of the Portia White Prize. Winners of the Prix Grand Pré, the Established Artist, Emerging Artist, Indigenous Artist and Black Artist awards and the Community Impact Award are also honoured. Collectively, the awards are worth $75,000. 

Duties of the Programming Director will include: 

  • Working alongside the producing company HEIST and Arts Nova Scotia to showcase  dynamic artistic content for the event.
  • The curation of participating artists for the Creative Nova Scotia Awards 2024 ceremony in November including performing artists, hosts, and pre-show showcases. Creative content which is innovative, relevant, diverse and reflective of different artistic disciplines and provincial regions is desired. 
  • Communication with chosen artists to ensure the production runs smoothly (including site visits, production meetings, preparation and more) 
  • The creation/adaptation of an awards show script for the event and working with the artists involved in performing said script 
  • Creating and planning performances; Directing and coordinating all aspects of performances, awards presentation and other content in collaboration with HEIST.  
  • Participation in the technical rehearsal as well as the awards show itself the night of the event 
  • Working within a predefined budget 

The programming director will be Nova Scotia-based. This contract will run from mid-August to early November, 2024. The fee is $3000. The position requires approximately 100 hours of work within this time frame, with a large percentage of the time leading up to and including the event itself. The awards show happens within the city of Halifax, NS.

Priority will be given to qualified candidates who self-identify within the priority groups set forth by the current Arts Nova Scotia equity framework: 

• Indigenous (Mi’kmaq, First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit);

• African Nova Scotian, Black or people of colour;

• Deaf or experience disability; or

• Located in regional areas (outside greater Halifax Regional Municipality)

How to Apply

Send your submission to Briony Carros, Director, Art Nova Scotia, at by 5PM on July 24th, 2024. The application must include:
  • A half-page proposal outlining:
    • Potential artists within the community you would engage for the event and a few brief sentences regarding the motivation behind those choices. The event itself regularly showcases 3 - 5 artists within a pre-show reception, 3 performances as part of the awards show and a host (or co-hosts) for the event. Artists of all different disciplines are meant to be highlighted. 
  • A CV highlighting related experience and contact information.

Note: Any questions regarding the position or access need requests regarding the application can be sent along to

Click here for information on past Creative Nova Scotia Awards celebrations.