Views from the Edge: Periphery, Perspective and the Contemporary City

October 18-20, 2017
Halifax, NS


The 2017 Creative City Summit in Halifax was a huge success! We would like to thank Halifax Regional Municipality for their hard work and support, the Government of Nova Scotia, all of our sponsors, our speakers, our volunteers, and our delegates. We look forward to seeing you all again in Mississauga!

Photo credit: Halifax Regional Municipality
Background Photo Credit:
Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON - Photo by C. Rechico
  • Congratulations to our 2017 Public Art Year in Review recipients

    City of Barrie

    Dividers Made Into a Juncture

    by Jennifer Davis and Jon Sasaki



    City of Calgary

    The Fold

    by Adad Hannah


    City of Hamilton

    Bead Maze

    by Laura Marotta



    Glass Mural

    by Sean Alward


    Town of Sackville

    Heron's Watch

    by Christian Toth


    City of Saskatoon

    66 Physiognomies

    by Jinzhe Cui


    City of Victoria

    Artist in Residence Program

    Keep Art in Mind

    artist Luke Ramsey



    Winnipeg Arts Council

    Eyes of My Community

    by Gabriela Agüero


    Winnipeg Arts Council

    Reflects in Water

    by Leah Decter 



    Winnipeg Arts Council

    heaven between

    by Bill Pechet



  • Congratulations to our 2017 Awards of Excellence winners!

    Cultural Planning Award
    City of Moncton, NB
    Culture Plan 2016-2026

    Cultural Events Award
    City of Calgary, AB
    Canada Day 2016 Our City, Our Country, Our Celebration

    Public Art Award
    Edmonton Arts Council, AB
    Tsa Tsa Ke K’e (Iron Foot Place)

    Cultural Leadership Award
    Dr. Nancy Duxbury

    To read more about our 2017 Award Winners, visit our Awards Page.


  • The Honourable Mélanie Joly
    Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Creative Canada - A vision for Canada's creative industries

    Thursday, October 19 | 7:00pm
    Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd.
    Paul O'Regan Hall

    Join Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, as she outlines the Government of Canada’s vision for cultural and creative industries in a digital world. Our diverse and vibrant creative sector is a source of pride for all Canadians. It is a powerful force for economic growth and development, while sharing our stories at home and abroad. With digital technologies rapidly transforming Canada’s cultural landscape, we have the opportunity for a renewed policy approach and a bold vision for Canada’s creative sector on the world stage. Discover the next chapter for Canadian creativity.


    The Honourable Melanie Joly is the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville in Montreal. A passionate supporter of the arts throughout her career, Minister Joly’s responsibilities as Minister of Heritage include oversight of the Government of Canada’s arts and culture policies and organizations, and a dynamic creative sector that extends across music, film, broadcasting, digital and new media. Her mandate also includes promotion of Canada’s two official languages, preservation of Indigenous languages and culture, and government policies on multiculturalism. Her vision is rooted in the belief that arts and culture are an essential part of any innovation and economic development agenda through investment in key creative industry sectors.

    Prior to her entry into federal politics, Minister Joly founded and led Le Vrai Changement pour Montréal party, running for mayor of Montréal in 2013 under its banner. She is the author of “CHANGING THE RULES OF THE GAME”, sharing a personal vision for public policy and civic engagement.  A lawyer by training, Minister Joly began her career in the practice of law and later served as managing partner of the Montréal office of the international communications firm Cohn & Wolfe. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Law from Université de Montréal and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative law from the University of Oxford.


    L’honorable Mélanie Joly

    ministre du Patrimoine canadien

    Un Canada créatif – Une vision pour les industries créatives canadiennes

    Jeudi 19 octobre | 19h00
    Bibliothèque centrale de Halifax, 5440 Spring Garden Rd.
    Paul O'Regan Hall

    Joignez-vous à l’honorable Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien, qui présentera la vision du gouvernement du Canada pour les industries culturelles et créatives dans un monde numérique. Notre secteur créatif est diversifié et dynamique en plus d’être une source de fierté pour tous les Canadiens. Il constitue une des grandes forces de notre développement et de notre croissance économiques, et il nous permet de partager nos récits ici et à l’étranger. Les technologies numériques transforment le paysage culturel du Canada et nous donnent l’occasion de renouveler nos politiques et d’adopter une vision avant-gardiste pour le secteur créatif du Canada sur la scène internationale. Venez découvrir le prochain chapitre de la créativité canadienne.


    L’honorable Mélanie Joly est la ministre du Patrimoine canadien et la députée d’Ahuntsic-Cartierville à Montréal. Elle est une partisane passionnée des arts depuis le début de sa carrière. Ses responsabilités à titre de ministre du Patrimoine canadien comprennent la supervision des agences et des politiques artistiques et culturelles du gouvernement du Canada, ainsi que du secteur créatif dynamique qui englobe la musique, le cinéma, la radiodiffusion, les médias numériques et les nouveaux médias. Son mandat comprend également la promotion des deux langues officielles du Canada, la préservation des langues et des cultures autochtones, et la mise en place des politiques gouvernementales sur le multiculturalisme. Elle croit fermement que les arts et la culture sont des éléments essentiels à tous les plans axés sur l’innovation et le développement économique, et que ceux-ci doivent comprendre des investissements dans les secteurs créatifs clés.

    Avant de se lancer en la politique fédérale, la ministre Joly a fondé le parti Vrai changement pour Montréal, et s’est présentée à l’élection à la mairie de Montréal pour ce parti en 2013. Elle a écrit le livre Changer les règles du jeu dans lequel elle partage sa vision des politiques publiques et de l’engagement civique. Avocate de formation, la ministre Joly a commencé sa carrière en droit avant de devenir associée directrice au bureau de Montréal de la firme internationale de relations publiques Cohn & Wolfe. Madame Joly a un baccalauréat en droit de l’Université de Montréal et une maîtrise en droit européen et comparatif de l’Université d’Oxford.
  • Keynote Speaker
    Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond

    Thursday, October 19th | 9:00am

    The Michaëlle Jean Foundation was born of the actions taken to support underserved youth, the arts, and culture during the mandate of the 27th Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean, and her husband Monsieur Jean-Daniel Lafond. The enthusiastic response to those actions has fueled the creation of a national organization, which continues to support innovative initiatives that enable underserved youth to unite, share ideas, and act positively to transform lives and revitalize communities across Canada. Mme. Jean and M. Lafond have chosen to dedicate the legacy of their mandate to fulfilling that pan-Canadian vision.

    The fruit of collaboration between the Foundation, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia-based Youth Art Connection, the Justice, Arts and Youth in Action (JAYA) Initiative promotes an arts for collective impact approach to empower youth across Nova Scotia, including Halifax. In this model, organizations employ the arts as a means of both expression and engagement to mobilize youth and a variety of sectors, around collaboratively building safer, more inclusive communities for all residents, irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, or socio-economic position.

    The 2017 Creative City Summit in Halifax welcomes Mme Jean and M. Lafond as keynote speakers to present the ongoing work of the Foundation. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which the arts are used to nurture civic and productive engagement from diverse youth perspectives, as well as to foster genuine receptivity for these voices within our institutions and prevailing social and economic structures. Using the JAYA model as an exciting and emergent local context, Summit attendees will hear from partners, mentors and, most importantly, youth artist participants, in provoking the question of how youth can marshal the arts to engender a truly contemporary city, and the various perspectives that enlighten and create success for all.

  • Public Art, Events & Festivals Bridging Panel


    Wednesday, October 18th | 1:00pm


    Moderator: Jane Perdue
    Panelists: Dr. Martha Radice, Julian Sleath, Michael Singer

    This panel discussion brings together 3 diverse perspectives in the field of public art and civic events programming. The panel will provoke questions on the nature of public space, the diverse ‘publics’ addressed (or not) in public art programs, the difference between ‘public art’ vs. ‘art in the public realm’, programmed spaces (‘stages’) vs. permissive spaces (‘platforms’), spectacle vs. cultural animation and the values implicit in public art and events programming. In the course of the discussion, panelists will draw upon their current and past experiences in public art, performance and performing arts infrastructure, architecture and planning, and community cultural theory to provide practical examples of the ways in which art and the public interact with and inform each other.

    Jane Perdue, Public Art Coordinator, City of Toronto
    Jane Perdue is the Public Art Coordinator, Urban Design, City Planning, City of Toronto and oversees one of the first and largest public art programs in Canada. Her academic and career background is in the arts, and she has a full membership as a planner with the Ontario Professional Planning Institute. She has been a member on several art and urban design selection panels including Pearson Airport, the National Capital Commission, and the City of Winnipeg.  For 12 years, she was on the Board of Trustees, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and from 2013-2014 was the National Visual Arts Representative for the Canada Council's Art Bank Steering Committee. She is a member of CCNC's Public Art Network.

    Dr. Martha Radice, Dalhousie University
    Martha Radice is a social anthropologist whose work focuses on the social, spatial and cultural dynamics of cities. She has investigated social relations, especially interethnic relations, and the production of space in multiethnic commercial streets in Montréal. Her ongoing areas of interest are urban anthropology, public space, public art and public culture, multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism, applied urban research, and ethnographic methods.

    Dr. Radice worked with Solomon Nagler and Kim Morgan at NSCAD University on an interdisciplinary research-creation project, Tracing the City: Interventions of Art in Public Space, exploring how art can shape the urban public and, conversely, how the urban public can shape artistic production. She works with Jill Grant and Howard Ramos on the Halifax team of the Canada-wide Neighbourhood Change Research Project. In winter 2016, she began new research into carnival culture in New Orleans, for which she has been awarded a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive Fellowship.

    Dr. Radice is editor-in-chief of the Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography and President of the Canadian Anthropology Society.


    Michael Singer, Artist and Principal Designer, Michael Singer Studio
    Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s Michael Singer’s work opened new possibilities for outdoor and indoor sculpture and contributed to the definition of site specific art and the reimagining of public places. From the 1990’s to the present his work has been instrumental in transforming public art, architecture, landscape, and planning projects into successful models for urban and ecological regeneration. Singer has also been engaged in the rethinking of infrastructure facilities and systems in the United States and Europe and co-authored Infrastructure and Community published by Environmental Defense Fund.

    Michael Singer has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His works are part of public collections in the United States and abroad, including the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He has had several one-person shows, most notably at the Guggenheim Museum, New York City and most recently at the Utzon Center in Aalborg and the Danish Architectural Center in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Julian Sleath, CEO, The Bentway
    Julian Sleath is the recently appointed CEO of The Bentway, Toronto, bringing more than 35 years of leadership and experience in the performing arts to the project. Sleath will focus on developing this new public space and bringing it to life with a dynamic year-round program of events that will embrace the unique aspiration and vision of The Bentway Conservancy.

    Previously, Sleath was Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Banff Centre, Program Manager of Cultural Events for the City of Toronto, and served on the Arts and Programming Advisory Committees for the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games, and for Artscape during the launch of Daniels Spectrum. Sleath has also worked on the realization of numerous cultural spaces including the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for the Canadian Opera Company, theatres in the UK, concert halls in Russia, an outdoor stage in Dallas, and was working for the design team on Koerner Hall in Toronto.

    The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that will transform the vacant and forgotten area underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering place for our city’s growing population. The conservancy model that will be managing and operating the project is relatively new in Canada and is the first Canadian project to be invited to join the emerging “HighLine Network” of similar public/private initiatives around the world.

    Stretching from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street, this 1.75 km trail and series of public spaces will knit together seven neighbourhoods – Exhibition Place, Liberty Village, Niagara, Fort York Neighbourhood, Bathurst Quay, Wellington Place and CityPlace – and become a gateway to the waterfront. This dynamic new urban corridor will activate the community with a continuous multi-use trail providing access to year-round activities and events, including gardens, a skating trail (opening December 2017 ),  recreational amenities, public markets, public art, special exhibitions, festivals, theatre and musical performances and more.


  • Funders Panel
    Perspectives from Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Funders

    Wednesday, October 18th | 3:15pm

    Moderator: Christopher Shore
    Panelists: Simon Brault, Councillor Waye Mason, Marcel McKeough, Ramzi Saad

    The Canadian Public Art Funders (CPAF) will be meeting in Halifax from October 16-18 and this session leverages the opportunity of having federal, provincial and municipal funders and decision-makers gathered in the same place at the same time. The panel will engage the question of how we, as funders, planners and programmers across various levels of government, work collaboratively to create sustainability and foster innovation within our respective spheres. Conversation will use the recent changes to funding programs at the Canada Council level as a springboard to consider current trends across Canada in recognizing and adapting to the changing landscape of the arts and cultural presentation.

    This conversation will include a focus on equity, inclusivity and diversity in the arts and the accessibility of funding models to a broader demographic range and more diverse cultural conversations. Panelists will also be asked to speak to the work of growing and reinvigorating audiences for cultural presentation, and the need of making programming relevant to all Canadians through responsive funding models and program values.

    Discussion will also include dedicated attention on matters dependent on inter-governmental coordination and cooperative planning as applied to both programming and infrastructure projects.


    Christopher Shore, Director, Arts Nova Scotia
    Christopher Shore is the Director of Arts Nova Scotia the professional arts funding agency for the province of Nova Scotia. Christopher has lead the re-emergence of the agency into a period of growth and expansion.  He has over twenty-five years’ experience in both the artistic and administrative aspects of the arts, theatre and film.  He was the former Executive Director of Theatre Nova Scotia and Chair of Strategic Arts Management. An award winning professional actor and writer Christopher has appeared in many of Canada’s leading theatres. He has written for CBC radio, appeared on television and film, and produced numerous plays for the stage. Christopher lives in Halifax with his talented wife Joanne and their three children.


    Simon Brault, CEO, Canada Council for the Arts
    Simon Brault began his five-year term as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts on June 26, 2014. He immediately launched an ambitious transformation of the Council, which led to the implementation of a brand new funding model. His strategic plan entitled Shaping a New Future proposes a bold vision for the future of the arts in Canada.

    Simon Brault has been a major player in culture for over 30 years, and authored No Culture, No Future, a powerful and popular non-fiction book on the dramatic rise of cultural concerns in the public agenda. He is currently a member of the International Advisory Council for Musagetes and sits on the Board of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). Mr. Brault is a much sought-after speaker for addressing the economic and social contributions of the arts and culture. In 2017, he represented Canada as its cultural expert at the first G7 on arts and culture.

    He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officier de l’Ordre national du Québec, a Fellow of the CGA Order and the CPA Order, and is a recipient of the 2009 Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership. In 2015, he received the Quebec CPA Order’s prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award for bringing together “two worlds that were once disparate – the arts and business – an alliance that significantly benefits society at large.”


    Councillor Waye Mason, Halifax Regional Municipality
    Waye Mason is an activist, entrepreneur, educator, and municipal councillor. First elected to Halifax Regional Council in 2012, re-elected in 2016, he is known for his “social media savvy and relentless constituency work.” (Halifax Magazine)

    Waye has grown businesses, led member organizations, and developed the arts and culture sector in Nova Scotia for over two decades. His career in the music industry spanned artist development to live event production, and he has become a well-known business and strategic consultant both inside and outside the cultural sector.

    He founded and was Executive Director of the Halifax Pop Explosion Association from 2001 to 2010, and was an instructor in Music Business at the Nova Scotia Community College from 2007 to 2012. He has been involved with several community organizations, including the Gottingen Street Merchants Association, Khyber Arts Society, Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia, and as long-serving member and past-President of Music Nova Scotia.

    As councillor, he currently serves as Chair of Halifax’s Community Planning and Economic Development standing committee and as a Police Commissioner, as well as being a member of several other boards and committees.

    Waye holds a Master of Business Administration at Saint Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University, and a Community College Education Diploma from NSCC. Born and raised in Dartmouth, Waye lives in Halifax with his wife and two children.


    Marcel McKeough, Executive Director, Communities, Culture and Heritage, Nova Scotia

    Marcel McKeough works with Nova Scotia’s public service where he served in various roles since 1984, immersed in the field of cultural development. Today, he is the Executive Director of the Culture and Heritage Development Division in the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, which oversees Nova Scotia’s annual investment in support of cultural and heritage development in the province.  The Division is also responsible to the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, Arts Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Heritage Advisory Council.

    Marcel has a Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters of Public Administration from Dalhousie University.  He led Nova Scotia’s participation in the Cultural Olympiad at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, was Chair of the East Coast Music Association for three years, and has served on the boards of various cultural organizations throughout his career.

    Ramzi Saad, Director General, Arts Policy Branch, Department of Canadian Heritage

    Ramzi Saad is the Director General, Arts Policy, Department of Canadian Heritage. He assumed the position in June 2017. The Arts Policy branch’s responsibilities include the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Arts Training Fund, the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund and the Harbourfront Centre Funding Program.

    Previously, Ramzi was the Deputy Director General, Cultural Industries Branch.  In this capacity, he co-directed the development and management of legislation, regulation, policies and programs governing the Canadian film, music, book and periodical industries.

    His previous executive appointments include the positions of Director, Francophone Secretariat, Director General, Strategic Policy and Management and Francophone Secretariat and Director, Periodical Publishing Policy and Programs.

    Ramzi brings to his Arts Policy position ten years of executive experience working on complex policy and program files related to the cultural sector and to international trade issues.


  • Youth Panel
    Justice Art & Youth in Action

    Thursday, October 19th | 9:45am

    Moderator: El Jones
    Panelists: Ann Denny, Councillor Lindell Smith, Ryan Veltmeyer
    Youth Panelists: Hanna Battiste, Jason Bruce, Bria Miller & Brave Space, Rebecca Moore, Jeremy Nichole, Abena Tuffour, Corey Wright , The Magic Project

    Youth Art Connection was founded in 2012 by Ann Denny and Ryan Veltmeyer. From 2008-2012 they developed YAC’s  approach of engaging youth through facilitating various art-skills and leadership programs in Spryfield, Nova Scotia. Every YAC program is aimed at working with youth to create lasting positive change (personal and community-wide) through activating the power and appeal of various art forms, and the human passion that always accompanies quality art-making.


    El Jones, Poet, Professor, Activist
    El Jones is a poet, professor and activist living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was Halifax's Municipal Poet from 2013-2015. She is the author of Live From the Afrikan Resistance! published in 2014 by Roseway, an imprint of Fernwood Publishing. In 2015, she was a resident at the International Writing Program at University of Iowa. Her work focuses on social justice issues such as feminism, prison abolition, anti-racism, and decolonization. Since 2016, she has co-hosted a radio show called Black Power Hour on CKDU-FM, an educational program that provides information on Black history and culture aimed at incarcerated people. Listeners from prisons call in to rap and read poetry that they have written, providing a voice to people who rarely get a wide audience. She has taught at Dalhousie University, Acadia University, Nova Scotia Community College, Saint Mary's University and is the current Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.


    Ann Denny, Co-Founder, Youth Art Connection

    Ann Denny is a vocalist, composer and social entrepreneur who co-founded Youth Art Connection (YAC) in 2012 with Ryan Veltmeyer in Halifax, Nova Scotia. YAC is an award-winning charity that helps a diversity of youth through the power of the arts. Recent projects include the new EMERGE youth-led all-ages festival and conference with Halifax Pop Explosion. In addition to work in Canada, Ann is now collaborating with organizations in Colorado to offer these youth empowerment ideas and practices in the States. Ann has spoken at the XPAND conference and the 2016 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in New Jersey. On a typical day, Ann can be found listening to the ideas of creative young people who face barriers in their lives and finding ways to make what they want happen!


    Councillor Lindell Smith, Halifax Regional Municipality

    Lindell Smith is a lifelong resident of North End Halifax, and a proud father of a beautiful daughter.  He has a proven commitment to working within his community and has dedicated himself to serving it. 

    He is a co-founder of Center Line Studio, a non-profit recording studio for youth who want to express themselves through art and music.  In keeping with his concern for the whole community and its diverse needs, and in response to the rapid growth and changes within his neighbourhood, Lindell, along with other community leaders, started “The One North End Project”.  This group of community leaders from around HRM aims to ensure that all residents benefit from this rapid growth together by encouraging new hiring practices for local businesses and holding community engagement sessions. 

    Lindell was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Education and Community Service, he was chosen as one of five Youth Rising Stars for Nova Scotia. He was the first recipient of the Abby Bryant (humanitarian) Award of Excellence, given to a young person who is recognized for outstanding community service, and is a recipient of The Black Business Initiative’s Industry Development Award awarded by the African-Nova Scotian Music Association.

    In November 2016, Lindell was elected as City Councillor for District 8 Halifax Peninsula North. 

    Ryan Veltmeyer, Co-Founder, Youth Art Connection
    Ryan Veltmeyer is a professional musician and youth community developer. Before co-founding Youth Art Connection with Ann Denny in 2012, Ryan worked with the Halifax Public Libraries, the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development, Arts Express and other organizations to engage youth in leading in their lives and in their community. As Co-founder of Youth Art Connection, Ryan has been able to bring his two great passions together of art and community youth development. Always taking action and innovating to use the power of youth and the arts to address social and economic issues, Ryan has also spoken at various conference and events and participated in national and regional leadership programs including 21 Inc and the Banff Centre for the Arts’ ‘Getting to Maybe’ program for system entrepreneurs. Ryan believes that art, creative activism and the open-mindedness of youth is key to finding new solutions to complex problems.

    Hanna Battiste

    Hannah Battiste is a 20 year old poet, comedian and social services student at the Nova Scotia Community College. She is a proud Mi'kmaq living in Eskasoni. Determined to raise awareness to make a change in the lives of others, Hannah. Hannah is passionate about organizing events and starting new initiatives. She volunteers as a mentor at the Youth Peer program at EPIC in Sydney and wants to develop an art program for youth with disabilities. Her poetry explores important topics about truths that should be told.

    Jason Bruce

    Jason Bruce aka J-Bru is a hip hop artist, co-founder of Youth Exploring Creative Outlets(YECO) and leads on many community projects. He worked as the Communication & Promotion Coordinator for the Justice, Art and Youth in Action Initiative in the winter/spring of 2017.

    Sporting a sly smile and an arsenal of memorable verses, J-Bru is one of the most charismatic figures in Canadian Hip Hop today. This engaging MC has starred on many hit singles and albums, most recently being Classified’s hit ‘Believe it or Not’ off his critically acclaimed album Hitch Hiking Music, not to mention he currently has four singles lighting up televisions across the country via Much and MuchVibe.

    J-Bru grew up as Jason Bruce, an athletic youth whose father was a professional boxer as well as musician with ‘The Valiants’, a soul group formed in Shelburne, NS. A high school and college basketball star, Bruce used athletics to keep his mind off childhood struggles. During his high school years he secretly wrote poetry, and it was then where he started realizing his talent for wordplay.

    Bria Miller & Brave Space

    Bria was originally born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. She is a Queer, Black, Indigenous mixed media visual and musical artist currently working in the North End of Halifax. She believes in the importance of creating spaces for racialized and LGBTQ* artists to create together, have support, get access to explore, and have their individual voices heard. She is working to organise a shared art space to centre these beautiful and crucially important voices within Halifax.

    Bria was the Engagement and Facilitation Coordinator for the Justice, Art and Youth in Action’s youth-led art & engagement project from January-May of 2017 and works with Brave Space. Brave Space provides creative services tailored to meet these needs including graphic facilitation, live draw murals, videos, research and evaluation, as well as workshops and trainings that apply participatory methods for leading social change.

    Rebecca Moore

    Rebecca Moore is a Mi'kmaq artist, beader and drummer. Rebecca works in the community advocating for Indigenous rights and reconciliation, and addresses injustice directly through activism. She aspires to bring attention and action to issues faced by Indigenous communitimes in Nova Scotia and beyond.vides a solid network for energy campaigning.

    Rebecca has performed at and opened for event such as David Suzuki's Blue Dot Tour, and Walking With Our Sisters Art Exhibition Opening Ceremony, and has extensive experience campaigning and advocating for various organizations such as Idle No More, Kiptu Youth Centre, Youth Art Connection, The Voice Youth in Care Newsletter, iMove Project, and the 2nd National Roundtable for the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

    Rebecca has been acknowledged for her community efforts by receiving the Premier's Power of Positive award, Leadership in Crime Prevention Award from the Minister of Justice, and the Barry Logan Memorial Award for Volunteer of the Year from the Kiptu Youth Centre. She was also a torch bearer for the winter 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games as well as the 2011 Canada Summer Games.

    Jeremy Nichole

    Jeremy Nichole is a football player and graduate from Saint Mary’s University. He founded Paint The Park & Paint Halifax in 2016, following the death of his friend and basketball star Tyler Richards. A mural was recently created in his honour in the community and and it got Richard’s friend and Paint Halifax founder Jeremy Nichole thinking that maybe art could do more for the area he calls home. Jeremy brought together artists, sponsors, youth and community to create massive outdoor murals in his community. Paint The Park’s goal is to beautify the community and to bring attention from outside of Mulgrave Park to the poor conditions residents live with, and have a positive impact on youth in the community.

    Jeremy is proud to have supported efforts that resulted in a $5,000,000 infrastructure investment in the community from the federal government 6 months following Paint The Park.

    Jeremy also partnered with the JAYA project to host a public forum and engagement during the inaugural launch festival, and to learn with residents about the role art can play in engaging and developing communities.

    Abena Tuffour

    Abena Tuffour is a poet, writer, and dancer who seeks to relate, engage, and elevate through her artistic work. She was a two-time member of the Halifax Slam Team, competing in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She is also the 2016 winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize, (now Nova Writes) and 3rd place finalist in the 2017 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (Vancouver, British Columbia). Abena is a nomadic Canadian of Ghanaian heritage, currently residing in Nova Scotia. She is passionate about sustainability, creativity, and connection between living beings.

    Corey Wright

    Corey Wright aka Corey Writes is a poet and rapper from Uniacke Square in Halifax’s North End. Familiar with challenge and adversity, Corey uses art to overcome personal challenges and inspire others. In 2015 he created a clothing company to inspire his community and inspire all of his fans. His company is called Scheme Apparel. “S.C.H.E.M.E= SUCCESS CAN HAPPEN EVERY MOMENT EVERYWHERE... More than just clothing, it's a lifestyle. If you ain't Schemin' you ain't Dreamin’”.

    Corey hopes that by providing a positive example for youth in his community through his art, entrepreneurship and community leadership he can make a difference and help youth believe in themselves and their futures.

    The Magic Project

    The Magic Project came into existence in November 2016 in Halifax, NS. Kate Macdonald (Founder and Co-Creator) incubated the idea alongside Emma Paulson (Executive Director and Co-Creator) in reaction to the presidential election of Donald Trump. The Magic Project aims to bring the voices and experiences of marginalized communities to the forefront of social media and community discussion. The project aims to break down stereotypes of oppressed communities using photography, and is always run with the support of local photographers. Their first event was entitled Black Girls are Magic, and those photos reached over 20,000 people. They were then invited to discuss their photography and social justice issues in the media (CBC, The Coast, The Signal, NSCC). They have also hosted two other photoshoots, Black Kings are Magic (shot by Chudi Harris) and Queer People are Magic (shot by Helena Darling). In less than a year their images and community work have been featured and celebrated at many events and spaces including the Justice, Art and Youth in Action Initiative, Alteregos cafe, Obey Convention and many other smaller events.

    Currently, Paulson and Macdonald are working with youth to engage them through social justice arts. In the near future they plan to host more photoshoots and community discussions surrounding other marginalized communities in Halifax and hopefully across Canada. They also will be exploring social justice and radical activism in the arts in the coming future.

  • Artist Talk
    Responsive, International Light Art Exhibition

    Thursday, October 19th | 7:00pm

    Moderator: TBD
    Panelists: Peter Dykhuis, Dr. Bettina Pelz

    Halifax is the setting for the inaugural RESPONSIVE: Light and Art Projects, Halifax/Cologne, taking place Oct. 18-21, 2017. Curated by Melanie Colosimo and Peter Dykhuis from Halifax and Dr. Bettina Pelz from Cologne, RESPONSIVE will feature works by international artists who use light as their artistic medium. This panel discussion will provide an overview of the RESPONSIVE project, the 2017 theme, and the institutions, artists, sites and perspectives involved. In describing the project, curator Bettina Pelz will also provide insight into the context-specificity of her curatorial approach to, and extensive background with, a wide range of light art presentations and festivals around the world.

    The 2017 theme is Intellectual Properties. For more information visit


    Peter Dykhuis, Director/Curator, Dalhousie Art Gallery
    Peter Dykhuis was born in London, Ontario, attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and worked in Toronto until 1991 before relocating to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he continues to live and practice.

    Dykhuis has exhibited in numerous artist-run centres and public galleries throughout Canada. Internationally, he has participated in group shows across the United States as well as in London and Vienna and has mounted solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Sydney and New York City.

    Parallel to this, Dykhuis developed a career as a gallery administrator, curator and critical writer. After moving to Halifax, Dykhuis worked at the Anna Leonowens Gallery at NSCAD University, becoming its Director in 1996. In August 2007, Dykhuis was appointed the Director/Curator of Dalhousie Art Gallery at Dalhousie University in Halifax where he is responsible for its operations and programming.


    Dr. Bettina Pelz
    Over the last twenty years, the curatorial work of Bettina Pelz is dedicated to art in context projects. Since 2000, focus of her curatorial practice is light as material, tool and media in fine arts. She has been the founding curator of light art projects in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Tunisia. In 2013, she founded the international research network on light in fine arts [LIFA] at the University of Fine Arts Saarbrucken [de]. Internationally she has been involved in projects in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South-Africa, Switzerland and Tunisia.

  • Cultural Leadership Panel
    Cultural Leadership in the Contemporary Context

    Friday, October 20th | 3:45pm

    Moderator: Waye Mason
    Panelists: Peter Dykhuis, Robin Metcalfe, Prof. Dianne Taylor-Gearing, Rebecca Thomas

    Using the notion of ‘The Civic University’ as a starting point, this panel will present on the role of universities and post-secondary institutions as outward-facing, civic-minded and community-embedded resources. Beyond a recognition of these institutions’ important function as community cultural resources, panelists will offer context for their varied roles within their respective institutions and examples of innovative engagement with the larger communities within which they sit. The discussion will be structured around this central question: How can increasingly more open and inviting institutional structures benefit cities and the public, and conversely how can a closer relationship to civic and community issues contribute to a richer academic experience?

    Conversation will also focus upon the role of the panelists as individual cultural leaders outside of the institutional setting using examples drawn from the various projects and civic discourses that they are engaged in as artists, curators, advocates and community members.

    Councillor Waye Mason, Halifax Regional Municipality
    Waye Mason is an activist, entrepreneur, educator, and municipal councillor. First elected to Halifax Regional Council in 2012, re-elected in 2016, he is known for his “social media savvy and relentless constituency work.” (Halifax Magazine)

    Waye has grown businesses, led member organizations, and developed the arts and culture sector in Nova Scotia for over two decades. His career in the music industry spanned artist development to live event production, and he has become a well-known business and strategic consultant both inside and outside the cultural sector.

    He founded and was Executive Director of the Halifax Pop Explosion Association from 2001 to 2010, and was an instructor in Music Business at the Nova Scotia Community College from 2007 to 2012. He has been involved with several community organizations, including the Gottingen Street Merchants Association, Khyber Arts Society, Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia, and as long-serving member and past-President of Music Nova Scotia.

    As councillor, he currently serves as Chair of Halifax’s Community Planning and Economic Development standing committee and as a Police Commissioner, as well as being a member of several other boards and committees.

    Waye holds a Master of Business Administration at Saint Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University, and a Community College Education Diploma from NSCC. Born and raised in Dartmouth, Waye lives in Halifax with his wife and two children.


    Peter Dykhuis, Director/Curator, Dalhousie Art Gallery
    Peter Dykhuis was born in London, Ontario, attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and worked in Toronto until 1991 before relocating to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he continues to live and practice.

    Dykhuis has exhibited in numerous artist-run centres and public galleries throughout Canada. Internationally, he has participated in group shows across the United States as well as in London and Vienna and has mounted solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Sydney and New York City.

    Parallel to this, Dykhuis developed a career as a gallery administrator, curator and critical writer. After moving to Halifax, Dykhuis worked at the Anna Leonowens Gallery at NSCAD University, becoming its Director in 1996. In August 2007, Dykhuis was appointed the Director/Curator of Dalhousie Art Gallery at Dalhousie University in Halifax where he is responsible for its operations and programming.



    Robin Metcalfe, Director/Curator, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery
    Robin Metcalfe has been Director/Curator of Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, in Halifax, since 2004, and previously served as Curator of Contemporary Art at Museum London. His nationally touring exhibitions include Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember), featuring Mi'kmaw artist Ursula Johnson (touring 2014-2019) and Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette (2014-15). A gay activist, writer and community historian in Halifax since the mid 1970s, he supported himself as a freelance art critic, curator and editor for 16 years, with publication credits in over 65 periodicals and 15 anthologies. In 2000 he was awarded the Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non-Fiction, for the book Studio Rally: Art & Craft of Nova Scotia (Goose Lane, 1999). Robin was the first President of the 1588 Barrington Building Preservation Society, founded in 2015 to restore and animate the "Khyber" building as a multi-disciplinary cultural and community centre. He is President of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization.

    Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing, President, NSCAD University
    Leading with international experience, wisdom and vision with the ability to execute to achieve transformational and impactful change, resulting in raised expectations, higher standards, outcomes and institutional acclaim, Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing has taken a dynamic and strategic leadership role at several international prestigious arts institutions.

    Student achievement and success are at the heart of her passionate commitment to creative arts education, research and practice through a collaborative and inclusive approach to provide opportunities for all to ignite their curiosity and reach their creative potential.

    She serves as Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP); EduNova Board Chair; Director and Secretary to the Board of Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT); and is a member of the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) Board. Internationally she serves as Treasure to the Board of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (IACAD).

    A graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art and Harvard Business School, Dianne was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London in 1990.

    She was appointed President at NSCAD University in April 2014.

    Rebecca Thomas, Coordinator, Aboriginal Studies, Nova Scotia Community College
    Rebecca Thomas is a spoken word artist and the current Halifax Slam Master, Rebecca Thomas also holds the position of Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Services at the Nova Scotia Community College. Coming from an Indigenous background whose family has been greatly impacted by residential schools, Ms. Thomas has come to recognize the lack of prominence given to First Nations perspectives within the history of Halifax. As a Mi’kmaw woman, she embraces the opportunity to bring her cultural voice to the broader public discussion through the Poet Laureate position, and believes that the arts and poetry can help people heal in ways beyond traditional therapies.

    “Poetry can give a voice to the voiceless. Poetry can make a powerless person feel powerful. This is why I speak,” said Ms. Thomas.

    Rebecca is also an active supporter of youth engagement through poetry and the arts. Over the last several years she has organized a variety of workshops and poetry series’ with a focus on youth empowerment and diversity education.

  • Peer-to-Peer Presenters

    Schedule now available

    Stream 1: Leadership & Cultural Development

    Creating Vancouver Commemorates Canada 150+ as a Response to the TRC's Calls to Action

    Friday, October 20, 9:00am-10:00am

    Marnie Rice, City of Vancouver, BC

    Marnie is wrapping up a two-year secondment to Vancouver’s City Manager’s Office as a Cultural Planner on the Vancouver Commemorates Canada 150+ project. Prior to joining the Canada 150+ team, Marnie worked with Vancouver’s Cultural Services Department where she developed and delivered grant & award programs and partnerships to support the cultural sector. Marnie was also an architect on the successful city-wide Vancouver125 celebrations and Vancouver’s 2nd designation as a Cultural Capital of Canada. The impact of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh canoe landing and witness ceremony at Vancouver125: BirthdayLive was a catalyst for her interest to pursue City of Reconciliation work. Her background is in theatre as well as academic and trade book publishing.

    Cultural Leadership: A creative ecosystem approach

    Friday, October 20, 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Nichola Reddington, City of Victoria, BC

    Nichola is the Senior Cultural Planner at the City of Victoria.  A graduate of Queen’s University and Grant MacEwan’s Arts & Cultural Management program, Nichola’s passion for arts stems from her experience working behind the scenes at various film and theatre productions including the Grand Theatre in Kingston and Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.  Prior to her position at the City of Victoria, Nichola worked for The Works Art & Design Festival and the Art and Design in Public Places Program in Edmonton, Public Dreams Society in Vancouver and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby. Working with the arts community, developing audiences, and engaging people in participating in cultural activities is what continues to inspire her.

    Patricia Huntsman, Patricia Huntsman Culture + Communicaiton, Qualicum Beach, BC

    Patricia is a member of a growing field of cultural policy and planning professionals and is a sought-after and respected voice at the forefront of culture-led economic and community development in Canada. Prior to establishing her British-Columbia based consultancy in 2009, she worked nationally and internationally in senior roles in the creative and cultural industries for seventeen years. She is currently leading the Create Victoria Arts and Culture Master Plan, and the City of Maple Ridge’s ten-year Cultural Plan processes. She continues to expand her knowledge and interest in culture, technology and entrepreneurship having attended the trail-blazing global Remix London UK Summit, and completed a two-part residency at the Banff Centre on Leadership for Canada’s Creative Ecology. She holds a Diploma in French Studies from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick where she also earned a Bachelor of Arts.

    Healing Garden: Cultivating Community Reconciliation

    Thursday, October 19, 11:00am-12:00pm

    Kelly Jerrott, City of St. Albert, AB

    Kelly has more than 25 years experience as a leader in the arts and cultural sector in Canada, and holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, in Victoria, British Columbia. She is currently the Director of Cultural Services with the City of St. Albert, in Alberta, Canada, known as the “Botanical Arts City”. She serves at the national level as Vice President of the Creative City Network of Canada, and has been a Board Member since 2013.  In October 2016 Ms. Jerrott presented at the UNESCO Creative Cities Forum in Jeonju, Republic of Korea on behalf of the Creative City Network of Canada. She also chaired the 2015 Creative City Network of Canada Summit in Kelowna, B.C. Active in the arts community she is also a member of the Academic Advisory Council for the Arts and Cultural Management Program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta; and has served as a board member with organizations such as: Events Edmonton, producer of the Taste of Edmonton Festival, the Western Canadian Music Alliance, and the JUNO Awards/Canada’s Music Awards Host Committee. Working with a dynamic team in St. Albert, Ms. Jerrott oversees the management and operation of the City’s cultural and was instrumental in the development of the City’s Cultural Master and Heritage Management Plans. Ms. Jerrott has recently taken on the oversight of Indigenous Relations, and acts as the City’s liaison with the St. Albert Public Library as part of her role as Cultural Services Director with the City of St. Albert. 

    Nova Scotia's Culture Action Plan: A Community Perspective

    Thursday, October 19, 1:15pm-2:15pm

    Meghan Hallett, Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS
    Meghan Hallett was born in Ottawa, Ontario but raised in Nova Scotia. In 1998 she completed a Masters in Atlantic Canadian Studies at Saint Mary's University and has held a variety of positions in the cultural heritage field, including a special project archivist at the New York State Archives, and registrar of historic places for the former Heritage Division of the Dept. of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Currently Meghan is part of the Communities Nova Scotia team within the Sport and Recreation Division of the Dept. of Communities Culture and Heritage where she is a program and development officer. She manages several community development funding programs and works on a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives.


    Stream 2: Public Art & Civic Narrative


    Finding Our Way: Partnership approaches to public art on a rapid transit project

    Thursday, October 19, 11:00am-12:00pm

    Karen Basi, City of Coquitlam, BC
    Karen is the Cultural Services Manager for the City of Coquitlam where she works collaboratively with municipal partners and community stakeholders to support arts, culture and heritage development.  With over 20 years’ experience in municipal government, Karen’s work in the cultural sector has included program management, development & promotion, events, cultural programming and public art.  Karen holds a B.A. in Communications from Simon Fraser University and an Associate Certificate in Marketing Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  


    Devin Jain, City of Port Moody, BC
    Devin is the Manager of Cultural Services for the City of Port Moody. In this role Devin oversees public art, filming, and special events; manages a small community theatre; and provides support to local arts and culture organizations. He has been instrumental in developing busking and artist-in-residence programs, as well as a public art policy, and is currently working on his second Arts and Culture Master Plan for the City. In 2012, a community-based committee was tasked with identifying public art opportunities for the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension SkyTrain stations in Port Moody. Devin provided support to this committee and was involved in overseeing the installations of the artworks. Originally from New Brunswick, Devin has been living in British Columbia for the past twenty years, and has been working with the City of Port Moody since 2002. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, sailing, running, and riding his motorcycle.

    Debra Rolfe, Translink, BC
    Debra is the planner responsible for Metro Vancouver’s transit authority, TransLink’s, Public Art Program. Debra has worked on TransLink’s Public Art Program development since 2013, developing policy and procedures, commissioning seven permanent and eight temporary public artworks at transit facilities around the region, and working in partnership with other organizations on the delivery of over 20 artworks for the Millennium Line Evergreen SkyTrain Extension in 2016. With an undergraduate degree in art history and a master’s degree in planning and urban design, Debra is inspired by the potential for public art to surprise and delight each of us every day.

    Lynne Werker, Architect, Vancouver, BC
    Lynne is a registered architect with over thirty years of experience of translating her client's vision and needs and working with design teams, artists and contractors to deliver the public places people enjoy being in.  Lynne facilitates public art strategic planning processes, lively and productive curatorial and art selection processes, and deftly administers artist contracts for integrated site-specific public artworks.  Creating meaningful, engaging and robust public places are the focus of Lynne's public realm consulting practice. Her consulting practice includes: defining opportunities for artworks, public art project planning, facilitating selection processes, and project management for the design and installation of integrated site specific art commissions in civic and privately-developed projects. Lynne was the City of Coquitlam's Project Manager for the City’s public art collection (11 artworks at four stations) along the Millennium Line Evergreen SkyTrain extension and is currently enjoying working with various agencies on their strategic planning, technical design, maintenance, and procedure guideline documents and other projects. 

    One percent? How can art have more influence on city building?

    Friday, October 20, 9:00am-10:00am


    Jane Perdue, City of Toronto, ON
    Jane is the Public Art Coordinator, Urban Design, City Planning, City of Toronto and oversees one of the first and largest public art programs in Canada. Her academic and career background is in the arts, and she has a full membership as a planner with the Ontario Professional Planning Institute. She has been a member on several art and urban design selection panels including Pearson Airport, the National Capital Commission, and the City of Winnipeg.  For 12 years, she was on the Board of Trustees, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and from 2013-2014 was the National Visual Arts Representative for the Canada Council's Art Bank Steering Committee. She is a member of CCNC's Public Art Network.

    Lara Tarlo, City of Toronto, ON
    Lara Tarlo is a Senior Urban Designer for City Planning within the City of Toronto.  Lara has over 20 years' experience in Landscape Architecture project management, design and implementation, with half of that time in the private sector and the last half at the City of Toronto.   Over the past eight years, her work  with Toronto has given her the opportunity to pursue her interest in art, by supporting the Percent for Public Art program through the administration, review and coordination of approvals for Art installation across the City of Toronto.  Lara's current and past experience in a broad and diverse set of urban design initiatives from large-scale planning to design and implementation of both local and international projects has given her depth to evaluate and understand the importance of art in the public realm and built landscape.


    For better or for worse: Banting House NHSC and London's Old East Village

    Friday, October 20, 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Dr. Stephanie Radu, Banting House NHSC, London, ON
    Stephanie received her B.A.H. from the University of Guelph and her Ph.D. in Art & Visual Culture from The University of Western Ontario. She acts as a programming assistant at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada and is a member of ICOM-DEMHIST. Her research primarily focuses on the history of house museums in Canada and the processes involved in transforming historic dwellings into heritage attractions. She has authored articles and book chapters on themes of home ownership, foreclosure and settlement in contemporary art, and continues to explore the role museums can play in the cultural planning process. 

    LocoMotoArt: Animating Urban Natural Spaces

    Thursday, October 19, 1:15pm-2:15pm

    Laura Lee Coles, LocoMotoArt, Vancouver, BC

    Laura Lee Coles is an arts-based researcher, published writer and practicing interdisciplinary artist. Laura Lee’s interest in the interconnected relationships between human, technology and Nature drives the inspiration of her interactive, contemplative and site specific video installation practice. 

    She holds a Master of Arts from Simon Fraser University from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) and is the founder of LocoMotoArt, artists-in-resident with Vancouver Park Board Arts, Culture and Environment in British Columbia, Canada.


    Stream 3: Cultural Tourism, Festivals & Events

    Building Canada's London as a Music City

    Thursday, October 19, 11:00am-12:00pm

    Cory Crossman, City of London, ON

    Musician and music enthusiast, Cory is a grassroots guy. His background focused on presenting live music ranging from small club shows to large festivals to community events. His recent role as Music Industry Development Officer has him acting as a liaison between City Hall and the music industry. Working to support the growth of the music sector, Cory is focused on building things steadily from the ground up.

    FUSE Festival: Adventures in Collaboration and Diversity

    Friday, October 20, 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Maria Osende, FUSE Festival, Halifax, NS

    As both an entrepreneur and a performer, Maria has a broad understanding of the arts and culture sector in Nova Scotia. Having travelled the world as a dancer, she also has the benefit of a global perspective. She started dancing as a child in Madrid and later on attended the School of American Ballet in New York thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship. Maria became one of the youngest members of the National Ballet of Spain and later moved to Germany to dance as a soloist with the Berlin Ballet. In 2003, Maria came to Canada and made her home on the east coast, taking Halifax by storm and bringing Spanish flamenco dance and music to our shores. Her group of dancers and musicians has performed across Nova Scotia and beyond, becoming one of Canada's leading flamenco ensembles, she also produced the Atlantic Flamenco Festival and recently, she produced the FUSE Festival: a large scale cross-cultural dance Festival in partnership with the municipality.

    Maria aims to support the province's many cultures by helping to encourage artistic expression through dance and sees herself as contributing to the development of the culturally diverse and overall dance sector in our province. She served as a volunteer council member on the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council between 2010-2014. In 2015 Maria received the Established Artist Award from Arts Nova Scotia. 

    Busking Programs: Keeping Downtown Animated

    Friday, October 20, 9:00am-10:00am

    Amanda Dyke, City of Barrie, ON

    Amanda Dyke is the Culture Officer, Development for the City of Barrie, overseeing programs and processes that support artists and arts organizations. She has a passion for film, theatre and public are and is a self-proclaimed live music addict. Aside from Barrie’s Street Performer program, public art, cultural grants, workshops, the Culture Grows Here Conference, Culture Days and the Barrie Arts Awards keep her engrossed in Barrie’s arts sector. Her prior role in event planning and permitting has left her with a broad network of artists, music industry insiders, businesses and community leaders whom she works with to ensure Barrie remains THE arts and culture hub of Central Ontario.

    Small places. Vibrant culture.

    Thursday, October 19, 1:15pm-2:15pm

    Patricia Huntsman, Patricia Huntsman Culture + Communication, Qualicum Beach, BC
    *See bio and photo above.


    Stream 4: Sustainability & Cultural Planning

    Telling the Municipal Culture Story: A Measured Approach

    Thursday, October 19, 1:15pm-2:15pm

    Marke Ambard, Department of Canadian Heritage, ON
    Marke is a Senior Research Officer with the Department of Canadian Heritage, where he has worked since 2007. During this time, he has worked across a diversity of files of interest to the department such as foresight and futures thinking, social impact measurement, culture statistics, and more. Marke has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Conservation Biology (1997) and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Sociology (2001). A common thread throughout Marke’s diverse work history has been a strong interest in methodological approaches for collecting quantitative and qualitative data to allow for insights into complex social questions.

    Nicole Frenette, Department of Canadian Heritage
    Nicole has been the Director of the Policy Research Group, Department of Canadian Heritage, since May 2014. She has held several positions at the executive and management level since her arrival at the Department of Canadian Heritage in 2000 in the areas of research, federal-provincial-territorial relations, strategic planning and program delivery. She has an MPA (Program Evaluation) from l’École nationale d’administration publique and an MA in Political Science from the University of Ottawa. She is always keen to discover new insights about public policy.

    Mark McDonald, Department of Canadian Heritage
    Mark has been with the Department of Canadian Heritage since 2005, currently working as a Senior Research Officer with the Policy Research Group.  Previously, he has held policy and research posts in both the Prairies and Northern Region (Winnipeg) and the Cultural Affairs sector.  Mark’s experience broadly extends into many areas of Canadian Heritage’s mandate, though his current work is focused primarily on cultural statistics.  Mark received his B.A. Honours (First Class) in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba in 2001, followed by an M.A. in Political Science from York University in 2003.


    Radical Transparency and Public Consultation: How we stopped worrying and started building our #ArtsFuture together

    Friday, October 20, 2:30pm-3:30pm

    James Lam, Captial Regional District, BC

    James is the manager of the Arts Development Service for the Capital Regional District in Greater Victoria. He oversees regional funding programs for eight municipalities and one electoral area and provides policy advice and support to the elected officials of the CRD Arts Commission and to the Arts Advisory Council, an appointed body of citizens. Prior to 2002 James worked in festival production throughout BC and in artist-run centres in Winnipeg MB.

    Inga Petri, Strategic Moves, Whitehorse, YT

    Inga is a seasoned researcher, strategist and marketer with more than 25 years’ experience in arts and culture and diverse sectors including telecommunications, associations, international trade promotion and municipalities. She founded Strategic Moves, and independent consultancy with offices in Whitehorse, Yukon and Ottawa, Ontario, in 2007. Inga’s work is nationally recognized for the landmark study on The Value of Presenting:  A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada (©2013) and Digitizing the Performing Arts: An Assessment of Opportunities, Issues and Challenges (©2017). She has been working with arts organizations, their networks and with communities across Canada. 


    Situating Artists' Experiences in Cultural Planning and Policy Development

    Thursday, October 19, 11:00am-12:00pm

    Cat MacKeigan, Strategic Arts Management, Halifax, NS

    Cat MacKeigan bridges the divide between cultural practice and public policy. She has worked in the arts, academic, and government sectors, and presented her research at regional, national, and international levels. With a MPA and PhD(c), Cat brings a unique blended knowledge to draw connections across public policy and lived experience as ways of knowing. Through empirical based policy analysis, Cat’s doctoral research examines the coordination of cultural policy on artists’ experiences. By mapping the work of theatre professionals across Nova Scotia, Cat takes the conversation beyond funding levels to uncovered policy externalities. Her research explicates the implications of public policy on artists’ everyday work, the socio-economic value, and inter-sector relationships.

    Creative Spaces: Where are we and where are we going?

    Friday, October 20, 9:00am-10:00am

    Alex Glass, ArtsBuild Ontario, Kitchener, ON

    Alex has been with ArtsBuild Ontario (ABO) since January 2015 and is responsible for the overall programs and communications at ABO. She connects with arts organizations across the province to better understand their needs around creative space. Alex led the expansion of SpaceFinder across Canada, developed the Learning Series, and manages the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network as well as other core programs. She brings experience from previous roles in the arts and nonprofit sector, including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Talisker Players Chamber Music and Canterbury Hills Conference Centre and Camp. Alex holds an honours degree in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University and is a graduate from Mohawk College’s Public Relations Graduate Certificate program.

    *Schedule subject to change

  • Future Station

    Wednesday, October 18 | 7:30pm-9:30pm

    Via Rail Station, 1161 Hollis Street

    Adjacent to Westin Hotel and set against the backdrop of the Halifax Train Station, CCNC delegates and special guests can mingle and socialize in the midst of Future Station – an original, ambient performance and instillation created and performed by Zuppa Theatre Co. with collaborating artists. Zuppa is an internationally recognised ensemble that has developed a unique creative process favouring the intuitive over the formulaic and thriving on the play between the imagined and the real.

    In accordance with this Summit’s theme of Views from the Edge: Periphery, Perspective and the Contemporary City, Future Station explores aspects of Halifax’s past and aspirations for its future. Undercover scenes will take place throughout the station, and an immersive sound design features current residents describing the city they have come to know and the one they imagine in the future. What might Halifax look like in fifty years’ time? What does it mean to be a successful contemporary city?  How must cities change as the 21st century progresses?

    The Welcome reception offers Summit guests the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and make new ones with the attendance of delegates from both the International Conference of Fine Art Deans and the Canadian Public Funders attending to soak in local art, food and music.

  • It's our birthday, cake anyone!

    Halifax 2017 marks the 15th anniversary of the Creative City Network of Canada and for the first time the Summit is hosting three full days of programming. Expanding on the traditional half-day program of the public art pre-conference, the 2017 planning committee has developed a full day conversation on public art and civic events to kick off this year’s Summit.


    "So Much to Sea!"

    Apologies…this used to be our Tourism motto. Now its "Join us at the Edge!". Regardless, and although this word play is hopelessly corny, it is nevertheless true. Halifax is situated on the edge of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and blessed with incredible scenery and an abundance of natural resources.


    2017 Summit Speakers

    Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond introduce the work of their Foundation followed by a youth-led, youth-designed and youth-delivered presentation featuring the best and brightest young minds of Halifax and beyond. Julien Sleath, Dr. Martha Radice and Michael Singer are brought together to discuss the intersection of public art and civic events. Simon Brault leads a tri-level funders panel, a local leadership panel with Halifax ‘s University heavyweights, a public art experience on the Halifax waterfront, a theatrically infused multimedia opening reception and so much more.


    Light up the Night!

    In addition to the regular Summit programming listed above year’s planning committee has dreamed up a series of additional special programs to complement those conversations. RESPONSIVE, an internationally curated series of light-based art projects will launch the day the Summit begins and run through the entire event. A topical panel will be held on October 19th in Halifax’s celebrated and architecturally renowned Central Library for Summit participants to engage the intersection of public art and events against the practical backdrop of the event itself. Once the panel ends, head out into the streets of downtown Halifax to experience the artwork and the energy of the city itself.


    Hooray for Canapé!

    This year’s welcome reception entitled Future Station will be hosted by our friends Zuppa Theatre Co. This band of affable miscreants creates original theatre that privileges innovation, experimentation, and collaboration, but mostly fun. For the purposes of the 2017 Summit Reception Zuppa requires the willing engagement and participation of as many municipal cultural bureaucrats as they can get their hands on, and I think we know just where to find them.


    Foodies Unite!

    Halifax has the best and best-priced lobsters to tempt and with your evening meals unstructured you have a chance to check out some of the dining hot spots in Halifax, most in walking distance of the hotel.  Harvest time is truly where the Maritimes shine like nowhere else, except for the Northeastern United States, Quebec and most of Ontario. But its so different here…less crowded, probably, and that, of course, means fewer people in general standing in between you and that prismatic panorama of slowly rotting leaves. Also: APPLES!  Pies, muffins, ciders.


    Foodies Unite!

    You get to leave the beige-coloured carpeted mausoleum that is the hotel conference room, venture outside into the not-too-crisp autumn air, walk less than five minutes down the Halifax waterfront where you’ll immediately board a well-appointed vessel to cruise Halifax Harbour for the morning. All the while you’ll be enjoying a dynamic public art research experience hosted by Narratives in Space and Time Society focussed on the Halifax Explosion, 100 years on.


    So Old You'll Feel Young Again

    The City of Halifax sits within the Sipekni'katik district of  Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded seat of the Mi’kmaq nation, our First Peoples, who have inhabited this region for thousands upon thousands of years. From a purely Settler perspective of course, Halifax fancies itself to be super-old. If we were any older in a euro-centric sense we would be in actual Europe! You want forts? We got ‘em. Museums? Arguably too many! Cultural landscapes? Everywhere! Cultures? The British colonialists, the Acadians, the Scottish, the Germans, the Loyalists, the Maroons…!

    Halifax’s heritage is dotted with historically-rooted and diverse community settlements that together with the foundational and dynamic history of the Mi’kmaq, combine to create one of the most rich and compelling cultural milieus anywhere in North America.


    Still Got it, Ma!

    For the young-at-heart, October 18-21 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Halifax Pop Explosion. Halifax’s long-running and internationally known showcase of new and innovative music. Presenting a ridiculous lineup of talent that even the most woke middle aged dad can only pretend to know, the festival also includes the Expand Music Conference as well as a comedy showcase. Shows take place throughout Halifax in intimate settings speaking to the small-town quality and independent character of this place.


    Culture Shock - A Confluence of Conferences

    Nametags! Lanyards! Buffets! Workshops! Breakouts! NNNNNETWORKING! If you love cultural administration and you like conferences then you will LOVE Halifax during the week of October 15, 2017. In addition to the CCN Summit we’re hosting the Canadian Public Art Funders (CPAF, October 15-18)) and the International Council of Fine Art Deans (ICFAD, October 18-21). We’ve engaged so many crossover programming opportunities, it’s like a 3-for-1 offer. A THREE-FER! Plus, the Pop Explosion has its own conference, even the kids are doing it!


    What are you waiting for? Halifax is waiting for you!

  • We are excited to announce our 2017 Arts & Culture Study Tours. Delegates will have the choice of six tours: Cultural Seaport Hug, Built Heritage, Halifax Living Room, Historical Landscapes, Art in the City, and Transformative Spaces


    For full descriptions of this year's study tours, download the 2017 Study Tours PDF.

  • Full Summit Program

    The 2017 Summit Program is now available for download.

    The program will ONLY be available online this year. Click on the image below to view the full program.


  • Boats on the Water, Fire in the Sky
    The Halifax Explosion Harbour Tour

    Friday, October 20 at 10:15am

    This program is conceived of as an innovative public art experience. From the vantage point of Halifax Harbour, Summit delegates will be given the opportunity to physically experience the cityscape while conceptually experiencing the reverberations of  Halifax Explosion, a defining event in Halifax’s history. The program will be led by the locally-based collective, Narratives in Space and Time Society (NiS+TS) ( and will engage this 100-year old historical event in the context of the social and political realities that characterize its present, and as mediated through innovative and diverse arts practices.

    Founded in 2012 and based in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, NiS+TS promotes the use of mobile media by artists and members of the public. The group’s projects are sited in spaces that are often overlooked, disused or vacant. Participants use mobile media such as GPS, smartphones and mobility tracking devices, in combination with other modes (such as walking, talking and making objects) in interactive explorations of locations and subjects.

    As active contributors to this research project, Summit delegates will be invited aboard a participatory boat excursion to be held on Friday, October 20. The planned route will loosely retrace that of one of the vessels involved in the Explosion one hundred years ago. In addition to providing Summit attendees a view of Halifax and Dartmouth from the harbour, the public art facilitation of NiS+TS will draw upon art and design, urban studies, and history to engage with socio-political resonances of the Explosion and its legacy. The tour will reflect three major themes:

    1. The Explosion as place (including indigenous, African Nova Scotian and settler community perspectives, urban morphology, landscape design and commemorative sites);
    2. The Explosion as heritage, culture and communication (including the role of public art, museums, and urban mobility); and
    3. Living the legacy of the Explosion (addressing present-day identity, systemic trauma, cultural engineering, reconstruction and community development issues).


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  • The artwork on the 2017 Creative City Summit Delegate bags was created by Caitlin McGuire. Please read below for more information.


    Caitlin McGuire, Artist

    Caitlin McGuire is an emerging artist who is known for her colourful paintings and illustrations.

    Caitlin explores place and environment, how it is navigated and shapes human experience. Her work engages with familiar imagery reinterpreted through colour and composition.

    Artist Statement

    I am an observer. I attempt to document and interpret what I am perceiving and engaging with in my environment and communicate it through my work. I have a background in conducting research and it seeps in to my art practice in different ways, from planning to process. I view colour as a language and have a dialogue with my work as I create. Each piece I make shares a perspective in an attempt to connect with another viewer.

    You can find Caitlin’s work online at,  on Instagram @caitlinmcguireart, or in person at Argyle Fine Art in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Creative City Network of Canada will take place on Friday, October 20th at 8:15 am, in Commonwealth Ballroom B of the Westin Nova Scotian, as part of the 2017 Creative City Summit in Halifax, NS.



    2016 DRAFT MINUTES - 2016 AGM

    March 31, 2017






    PLEASE NOTE: Please print materials in advance. There will not be any copies available at the AGM.