The Shelburne County Arts Council will launch its Public Art Policy on Thursday November 24, 7-9 pm by hosting an evening of brainstorming about the possibilities of public art in Shelburne County.
While the evening will begin with the official launch of the policy, this part of the event will be quick so we can get to the brainstorming activities. These activities will include guided discussions meant to generate ideas about public art in our community, including locations, art concepts for those locations, inspirational examples, recommendations of talented artists, fundraising methods and other topics.
SCAC encourages anyone interested in art, public art, community development and beautification, planning and related issues to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas ready to discuss. The evening is meant to be fun and inspirational, as well as a next step in building a public art gallery for our community.
SCAC developed its public art policy for its own purposes. The policy will help us create a public art program through which we hope to bring more art to our region. Staff member Darcy Rhyno wrote the policy after extensive research into the development and use of such policies across Canada and beyond. He's also been gathering examples of public art on his travels and from communities with public art programs. A slideshow of photographs from this research will loop during the evenings events.
SCAC will make hard copies of its new policy available to take away for free. We wish to make the document available to any person or group that might find it useful. We encourage local municipalities to use the document as a template for the creation of their own public art programs.
This free launch and brainstorming takes place in the Osprey Arts Centre theatre on Thursday November 24, 7-9 pm.
Job Opening - Community Theatre Coordinator
SCAC is seeking a qualified individual to fill a part time, short term position as community theatre director in Shelburne County. See the attached job description for details.
Deadline for applications: June 13
Timeline: Start July 1, 2014. Job ends March 31, 2015.
How to apply: Submit in PDF format cover letter, CV & two references via the contact page of this website or to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Shelburne County Arts Council presents An Evening with Shelburne’s New Writer-in-Residence at the Mackay Memorial Library on Wednesday, October 2nd at 7 PM.
E. Alex Pierce who lives in East Sable River is a published poet who has presented workshops fostering all forms of writing, fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She will introduce herself and her plans for the workshops and individual meetings with writers she will present as part of the Writer-in-Residence project. She will also be reading some of
She has asked some of the professional writers in the area to join her. Kathleen Tudor will be reading from her sold out murder mystery, Dirty Deeds. She will be joined by Darcy Rhyno who will read from his recently released Young Adult novel, Monsters of Suburbia. And to complete the variety of writing forms, Alex Buchanan will sing some of his original songs, accompanying himself on the piano. All the writers will speak briefly about their work.
Alex Pierce will talk about the details of the workshops she will be leading at the library throughout the fall, on Saturday mornings. Anyone who is interested can sign up that night. Alex will also offer one-on-one consultations with writers on Tuesday afternoons at both the Shelburne and Lockeport libraries as well.
At the conclusion of the workshops in early December, Alex will present an evening of readings by the workshop participants as well as presenting some of the new material she has been working
An Evening with Shelburne’s New Writer-in-Residence happens on Wednesday, October 2nd at 7 PM and will conclude with refreshments and a time to talk more informally with the writers present. The evening is free.
The Shelburne County Writer-in-Residence is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia’s Department of Community, Culture and Heritage, and the Municipality of the District of Shelburne Grants Program.
As part of the grants, Alex will be devoting 60% of her time to her own work. SCAC is very proud to be able to provide the time and space for a professional writer in Shelburne County to work on her own material.
To participate in any of the writer-in-residence activities, call the Shelburne Library (875 3615) and ask
for Suzanne Grier.
COMMUNITY TALKS 2013
Forbes & Yola Christie
Thursday, April 18, 2013,
Location: Shelburne County
Admission: FREE – donations
Meet these world-class instrument makers living and working at their craft right here in Shelburne County, and hear about the art and science of flute making. Forbes and Yola are passionate about creating the best wooden Celtic flutes. They work at tolerances of one thousandth of a millimeter at the same time as they design flutes that are works of art – choosing rare and expensive woods and crafting them elegantly.
Here is the rest of the 2013 line-up:
“Quite the Curiosity: The Sea Letters of Grace F. Ladd”
Thursday, May 16, 7 pm
Anglican Church Hall
Dan Conlin (Back by popular demand)
Thursday, June 20, 7 pm
Dory Shop Museum
”Fragile and Fanciful: The Story of Nova
Thursday, July 11, 7
Community Talks is a co-presentation by
the Shelburne County Arts Council, Shelburne Historical Society, Osprey Arts
Centre and Shelburne County Archives and Genealogical Society.
The Shelburne County Arts Council has added two annual application deadlines to its SCAC Records program. Effectively immediately, the Arts Council will accept applications for funding to this funding program postmarked on or before April 15 and September 15 every year. Shortly after these deadlines have passed, the SCAC will convene the SCAC Records Committee consisting of local musicians and music supporters to make recommendations to the board about which projects to fund and for how much. In 2013, SCAC has about $1500 to contribute to this program. To find out more about the SCAC Records program, visit http://www.shelburnecountyartscouncil.ca/scac-records.html
If you would like to apply, write a letter to SCAC that includes a brief description of your project, a budget of your costs that shows the amount you are requesting from the Council and a sample of your work. Mail it to the address on the CONTACT page.
Shelburne County watercolour artist Lio Lo was awarded an "Artist Commission" by the Shelburne County Arts Council. The Jordan Falls painter will receive $2000 toward the creation of a new body of work. Lio says she plans to work on a series of paintings depicting morning light. Many of the paintings will be set in Shelburne County. The works will be exhibited for a short time in August 2013 at the Osprey Arts Centre before being sent to a private gallery in Halifax where they will be exhibited for sale.
SCAC's Commissioning Program is designed to support and to encourage excellence in local artists of all genres. Previous commissions went to The Hupman Brothers. They wrote songs for their first CD. Bill Smith wrote an original score for a play performed by Basement Theatre. Russel Crosby built his first mandolin and E. Alex Pierce penned a long poem about Shelburne County that was named one of the top 50 poems in Canada last year. Last year, SCAC commissioned three local artists to create musical sculptures that will be installed on walking trails in spring of 2013.
The Shelburne County Arts Council is open to applications for funding to support music and other sound recording projects by musicians and others with a Shelburne County connection. Supported projects can include demos and full length CDs by new or established artists working in any genre. The Council also has a record label – SCAC Records– which may or may not become part of a supported project. Support will be in the form of a loan, a grant or a combination of the two.
How to Apply
If you have a music or other sound recording project in mind, you can apply for assistance. Write a letter to SCAC that includes a brief description of your project and a budget of your costs that shows the amount you are requesting from the Council. There is no deadline. Applications will be considered as they are received. Mail it to:
Shelburne County Arts Council
PO Box 365
Mi’kmaw author and teacher Michael Isaac will read to kids at three Shelburne County Elementary schools and attend a public meet-and-greet potluck on October 20 and 21.
The author of the children’s illustrated book called How the Cougar Came to be Called the Ghost Cat will meet kids at Lockeport Elementary School on Thursday October 20. The next morning, Isaac will read and speak to kids at Evelyn Richardson Memorial Elementary School in Woods Harbour and then visit Hillcrest Academy in Shelburne that afternoon.
On the evening of October 20 starting at 6 pm, Isaac will attend an informal meet-and-greet potluck at the home of Kathleen Tudor who organized Isaac’s visit for the Shelburne County Arts Council. Members of the public are welcome to attend the potluck at 322 Pleasant Point Road near Lockeport.
Michael Isaac is from the Listuguj First Nation near the border of Quebec and New Brunswick. Formerly a law enforcement officer and federal civil servant including at the Canadian Security Intelligent Service (CSIS), Isaac returned to Atlantic Canada to pursue a career in education. He now teaches within the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board.
His book How the Cougar Came to be Called the Ghost Cat is about Ajig, an adventurous young cougar who goes to live in a strange forest. When he finds that all of the animals in the forest are afraid of him, Ajig agrees to stop behaving like a cougar so that he can make friends. But when Ajig tries to return to his birthplace, he learns that he is no longer welcome there either. Lost between two worlds, the young cougar becomes a “ghost cat.”
Illustrated book by Dozay (Arlene) Christmas and written in both Mi’kmaw and English, this is the story the difficulties of assimilation as experienced by First Nations peoples.
Michael Isaac’s visit is funded with the help of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. The Shelburne County Arts Council is a local charity that serves artists and the arts in Shelburne County with the assistance of the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. To find out more about the potluck, contact Kathleen Tudor at (902) 656-2446.