February 12, 2020 ACA NEWSLETTER

Dear members,

“Art without emotion is like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag.” 
― Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

Happy Valentine's Day, all you sweethearts.

Announcements and Requests

Community Arts Mixer a Resounding Success

Catherine Poag, Columnist

The Xaverian Weekly and to all others for coming out to this event.


Attention local home owners, businesses, and subletters: We need your help!

Festival Antigonish is compiling a list of furnished and affordable rental accommodations for the summer for our visiting artists. The place must be within walking distance from StFX.

If you are interested in renting out a property from June-August, or perhaps billet a professional artist with you, please contact us with the following details:


• Address
• Number of bedrooms
• Amenities included
• Approx. distance from StFX
• Dates available
• Rental cost
• Pet friendly?
• Contact Name and Phone/Email
• Any special notes


All available accommodation options will be compiled into a guide and circulated to our company members, who will then contact landlords directly as needed.

Thank you for helping us provide affordable housing for our artists.

Please send your listing or questions to Heather Myers at hmyers@stfx.ca or (902) 867-3954.

The Arts House is looking for Your Old Aprons

If you have a old apron that you would like to donate, please drop it off at The Arts House at 145 Church Street, Antigonish. 
From The Antigonish Heritage Museum
  • During Black History Month we will be showing the Black film, “Loyalties” by Ruth Holmes Whitehead & Carmelita Robertson on Tues & Thurs afternoon at 1:30pm on the big screen in the main room. Time for discussion and tea after the film.
  • From our Displays: Drop by and see a couple of new exhibits and new display items– children’s toys in a trunk, beaded Mi’kmaq moccasins
VANS will be offering Studio Sessions 3-part webinar series on Writing Professional Proposals! 
Each of the hour-long webinars will be instructed by artist and gallery director Melanie Colosimo, who has taught our workshop on the same topic in VANS’ regular workshop series. The webinars will allow artists from across the country to learn best practices of writing proposals for applications – all from the comfort of their home or studio. Learn about crafting a project proposal, what people look for in artist statements, CVs and more.

The live webinars will take place Wednesday, February 19 and 26 and March 4 from 6 – 7pm AST but all registered participants will also get a link to a recording of the webinar for future use. By the end of the series you can have the basis for a proposal that you can use the next time an opportunity deadline sneaks up on you. Webinars are only $18 each or $45 for the series for VANS Members so register today!
Love Songs with Carolyn Curry at the Justamere Cafe

We're in the mood for love! Come enjoy an evening of love songs with Carolyn Curry.

Carolyn teaches in the Music Department at St.F.X University and performs regularly across the province, including performances as a vocalist in the popular ABBA cover band Dancing Queen!

On piano and vocals, Carolyn will be playing an assortment of
popular music!

No cover charge. Pub-style menu available between 8-10pm
Join us on Valentine's Day for a musical night to remember! A tribute to Canadian legends Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. Hosted by Laura Teasdale and Ken Kingston. Featuring some of the best musicians from Antigonish. It's all happening at the Bauer Theatre on Feb 14th.
(And we'll have drink specials in the Green Room so come early and enjoy a pre-show beverage)
Live Jazz at The Townhouse

Thursdays at 9pm
Antigonish Winter Market (Arts, Crafts, Music and More!)

Saturdays 10am - 1pm
St. Ninian's Place

Valentines Dance with Working Class Band at the Legion.

Saturday, February 15

CACL/Antigonish Legion

Fundraiser for Antigonight Art Festival and May Day Workers Festival.

Welcoming and friendly atmosphere for all community members who like to groove on the dance floor and at the fringes!

The band offers up Motown, blues, reggae and some groovy tunes for the occasion. Bring your dancing shoes and wear what makes your heart smile. Dancing partners optional! More details to come!

Doors open at 8, band starts at 8:30.
50/50 draws and more!

Tickets $15 available at the legion or the door.
Licensed 19+
Traditional Irish Session at the
Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery

Sundays at 6:30pm
Open Studio Painting at The Arts House

9:30am - 12:30pm
Open Mic at Piper's  

7pm - 10pm
Open Mic

Friday, February 21

The People's Place Library
Unapologetically BLACK: Honouring the Black Identity
Spoken Word Event

St. FX Art Gallery
Thursday, Feb. 27 at 3pm
Energy Transition School

Creative minds for our future!
More information in the following three posters.
Antigonish Performing Arts Series: Proteus Saxophone Quartet

Saturday, February 29
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Immaculatta Auditorium

The CACL is excited to present the award-winning Razzmatazz for Kids who will be performing at the East Coast Credit Union Social Enterprise Centre on Sunday March 1st at 2pm.

Razzmatazz for Kids, will get you hugging someone you love, clucking like a chicken, riding a bumpy bus, singing, hopping, laughing, dancing, clapping your hands, or performing on stage with them at their concert of fun, original children's songs.

Sesame Street produced and aired a music video of the Razzmatazz for Kids song, “Going to my Grandma's”. Razzmatazz for Kids has been a featured performer with Symphony Nova Scotia. This husband and wife musical duo of Thomas Cormier and Sandy Greenberg has won “Children's Recording of the Year” at the East Coast Music Awards, “Children's Artist of the Year” from Music Nova Scotia, and a “Recommended” Award from Parents' Choice in the United States. Razzmatazz for Kids has been delighting young audiences for over 20 years at festivals, special events, and schools.

Our generous sponsor for this amazing event is Antigonish Family Dentistry. Thank you to them for making this event possible!

Doors open at 1:30 pm.

Tickets are $10 per person or $20 for a family and will be available at the door.

Songwriters and Storytellers Concert Series:
Matt Andersen at Pomquet Church

Tickets on sale now.

He is a powerhouse performer with a giant, soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence that will blow the roof off when he joins us in Pomquet Church on March 7th. On break from touring with his newest studio album, "Halfway Home by Morning", Matt will sing your old favorites and new material too.

You won't see Matt in small venues, up close and personal, very often at this stage of his career, so it's a night you don't want to miss!

Show Date: Saturday, March 7th
Show Time: 8:00pm
Doors: 7:30pm for General Seating
Tickets: $40
Tickets available on February 7 @ Antigonigh 5¢-$1
Tickets will also be available online at Eventbrite.
Antigonish Performing Arts Series: Paul Merkelo,trumpet & Serhiy Salov, piano

Saturday, March 14
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Immaculatta Auditorium
Exhibition Listings

The People's Place Library hosts the works of Linda Johns fall month.

The Tall and Small Cafe features the works of James Smeaton all month.

The StFX Art Gallery features "Unapologetically Black" all month.

Grants, Awards, Scholarships and Contests
Arts Nova Scotia’s Operating Assistance to Arts Organizations Program is designed to encourage innovation and enhance stability within established professional arts organizations that develop and sustain Nova Scotia’s arts and culture community. Support is provided to not for profit arts organizations that create, produce or present artistic performances, exhibitions and events involving professional artists and employ qualified staff to administer ongoing arts and culture programs. Deadline: February 15.
Henry Moore Grants continue Moore's legacy by supporting sculpture across historical, modern and contemporary registers and seeking to fund research that expands the appreciation of sculpture. They support exhibitions, catalogues, commissions, conferences, research, fellowships, publications, residencies and the development of collections. Applications are assessed four times during the year by the Grants Committee. 

Next deadline: February 26 (deadline dates 2020: May 26, September 9; and December 9).
Awesome Antigonish is working to help move the awesomeness forward in Antigonish Town and County. They will offer $1000 cash to a successful applicant for an idea deemed awesome by our board of trustees (Note: they reserve the right to not award the grant, split the grant or miss a month). The Awesome Antigonish trustees meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the board room of AA Munro at 219 Main St. Antigonish in the Kirk Building at 7pm. That is also when they invite the top three applicants to join us to present their idea in person. All applications are ideally submitted by the second Wednesday of the month to be voted on by trustees before the following weeks meeting. Finalist will be contacted via email to let them know to come and present in person. If you have knowledge of an individual or a group doing something awesome please ask them to submit an application and they could be awarding $1000 cash towards their awesome initiative if their project is chosen. See more info here.
The Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts assists non-profit visual arts and fine craft organizations and fine crafts professionals in undertaking projects that contribute to an understanding of the fine crafts in Canada via three program components: research and policy development assistance (for organizations and individuals);  special project assistance (for organizations); and pre-publication assistance (for organizations). The prize amount is $5000 – $7000 and applications are made through the Canada Council. For eligibility criteria, the application form and further information, see the Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts Guidelines. Deadline: March 1.
Apply for a Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship. They provides scholarships to Nova Scotians who demonstrate exceptional potential and commitment to become established artists in the fields of theatre, film/new media, literary arts, dance, music, voice, circus arts, visual arts, and design. NSTT is ready to receive new scholarship applications for 2020! Read the submission guidelines carefully and submit your application early. Deadline: March 1, 5pm AST (for studies between May 1 and August 31, 2020).
Artwork Archive just published their Complete Guide to Artist Grants and Opportunities. 

They've compiled a list of artist grants, residencies, and calls-for-entry in the upcoming year and although some of them are US specific, there are several international opportunities as well. You can download a free copy of the guide and start submitting your applications!

Canada Council for the Arts

Grant Deadlines & Notification of Results



Canada Council for the Arts still has some opportunities to apply for grants in 2018 and early 2019 in areas such as:

Professional Development for Artists

Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

Supporting Artistic Practice

Arts Across Canada

Arts Abroad

Access Support Fund

Market Access Strategy for Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC) Fund

Communities, Culture & Heritage Nova Scotia


Culture Funding

Artists and cultural communities contribute to quality of life in Nova Scotia. Recognizing the importance of this role, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage offers peer adjudicated funding opportunities in support of artistic works and cultural projects.

Assistance to Book Publishers

Cultural Activities Program

Emerging Music Business Program

Export Development Program for Music

Gaelic Language in the Community Program

Industry Growth Program

Operating Assistance to Cultural Organizations

Employment Opportunities

Director, Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre


Reporting to the Board of Directors and working collaboratively with other staff, the Director will play a key role in shaping and contributing to the current and future creative vision of Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre and all its programs and be responsible for the administrative stewardship of the organization.

Deadline for Applications
Friday, February 14th, 2020, 11:59 PM AST

The next deadline for schools to apply for PAINTS projects is coming up quickly. PAINTS provides support for schools throughout the province to bring professional artists into their classrooms to lead workshops, give artists talks and make art with students. Our roster includes the more than 65 artists all over the province working in different media in and in different ways.

If you’re a teacher and you’d like to put an application but you’re not sure where to start, just let us know. Visit our website paintsns.ca or contact Andrea Ritchie at 902-423-4694 or paints@visualarts.ns.caDeadline: January 30.

Language in Lyrics: Cothrom obrach | Work opportunity!

Typing texts, scanning, and proof-reading.

We are seeking detail-oriented students in Nova Scotia who are quick, accurate typists and/or thorough proof-readers to assist with the Language in Lyrics (Gaelic song research) project.
Hours are flexible and work can be done from home. Work is available immediately.
Applicants must be self-motivated, honest, and able to work effectively on their own.
Knowledge of Gaelic will be an asset.
Interested candidates should send their resumé to languageinlyrics@gmail.com.

Lunenburg Doc Fest seeks is hiring an Operations & Box Office Coordinator. The coordinator will work with the Executive Director to provide administrative and programming support for Festival operations as well as across the organization of Lunenburg Doc Fest as a whole. They seek an organized and proactive team player who enjoys working with others and brings positive energy to work. It's a permanent part-time contract ($15/hr), 8 - 16 hours/week year-round, plus additional 8 - 16 hours/ week during festival season. Deadline: February 3.

Festival Antigonish is seeking a full-time summer BARTENDER.

Deadline for applications is Monday, February 24.

The contract dates are July 6 - August 22, 2020.

Reporting to the House Manager, the bartender will maintain professional and efficient operations of the Green Room bar and lounge, located inside the Bauer Theatre, for the duration of the 2020 season for Festival Antigonish. Responsibilities will include: processing all beverage and snack sales; providing responsible beverage service; maintaining inventory; preparing nightly sales reconciliations and reports; maintaining a clean and presentable space at all times; adhering to the highest standards of customer service; and ensuring compliance with liquor license and health & safety regulations. The bartender will be solely responsible for the operation of the Green Room bar (Monday-Saturday) for the duration of the summer, with support from the House Manager and/or volunteers on exceptionally busy nights.

Contract Dates: July 6 – August 22, 2020 (Plus two days of training/preparation in late June)
Compensation: $12.55/hour, 40 hours per week, paid through bi-weekly payroll
Shift hours: Typically, 6 pm – midnight, Monday-Saturday (with some daily variance to match the theatre’s performance schedule)

Join our team. Apply your interpersonal, communication, and social skills; immerse yourself in the wonderful dynamic world of professional theatre; interact with artists and community leaders from across the province; and, gain valuable experience in the tourism and cultural sector. Reliability, dedication, punctuality, and problem-solving skills are a strong asset. You must also have some prior experience in the hospitality industry and be familiar with POS register systems.

Interested candidates can send their CV and a letter of interest to Heather Myers at hmyers@stfx.ca. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Festival Antigonish is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity, and welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Festival Antigonish is hiring for two summer positions on the Box Office team.

Applicants must be current students, returning to school (any institution/program) in the fall. This is a full-time summer contract for the months of July and August.

Reporting to the Patron Relations Supervisor, and working as part of a team, the box office attendants will be responsible for maintaining efficient and accurate box office operations, including: processing ticket sales; monitoring online sales; responding to patron inquiries by phone, email, or in-person; maintaining the patron database; reconciling daily sales reports; communicating and promoting special deals; distributing posters and passes to local organizations; presenting a friendly and professional face at all times as the first point of contact for theatre patrons; and, being tourism ambassadors for the region by providing information about local hotels, restaurants, and attractions to visiting tourists. Additional administrative duties as required.

Contract dates (tentative): June 29 – August 22, 2020
Compensation: $12.55/hr; 35 hours/week
Work hours: Rotating shifts, scheduled between the hours of 9 am – 9 pm, Monday-Saturday, with some flexibility

Join our team. Apply your interpersonal, communication, sales, and social skills; immerse yourself in the wonderful dynamic world of professional theatre; interact with artists and community leaders from across the province; and, gain valuable experience in the tourism and cultural sector. Reliability, dedication, punctuality, and problem-solving skills are required. Prior experience at a box office, or with cash handling and POS systems is an asset.

Interested candidates can send their CV and a letter of interest to Heather Myers at hmyers@stfx.ca by February 24. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Festival Antigonish is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity, and welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Arts Nova Scotia Funding: Artists in the Schools

Arts Nova Scotia recognizes that the arts are an important part of development of young people. By supporting programs that engage young people in the arts we are helping to foster creativity, encourage artistic growth and build healthy well educated communities. 

Apply for the Westport Schoolhouse Residency:  a self-directed Artist in Residence Program in Westport’s Schoolhouse on Brier Island, Nova Scotia. Open to emerging and established artists and all creatives. Available 2019 residencies begin on Saturdays; June 1st – October 5th. The residency $400 (for two weeks) and artists may invite a companion to stay with them at no extra cost. There are private accommodations in a 750 square foot live-in classroom plus shared kitchen, bathroom, entryway. Not included in the residency: travel expenses, food, insurance, art materials, shipping or exhibition costs and other personal expenses. Interested artists should send 5 jpegs of their work, a short bio / resume to Jane Zdansky atelierhenri@hotmail.com. Deadline: ongoing. 
Apply for the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Artist-in- Residence program. The goal of this six-month residency is to enable an artist to create new work that contributes to the Museum’s mandate while advancing their art practice. This year they are looking for a Mi’kmaw artist inspired by the 2020 North American Indigenous Games. This competition is open to artists working in any medium. All artists will be expected to spend 16 hours per week onsite interacting with the visiting public. The compensation for this six-month program is $15,000.00 including materials. This program does not include accommodations. Prospective artists should demonstrate how their project will help share their culture with museum visitors. 

Deadline: March 13, 2020.

International Writers’ and Artists’ Residency-Val-David, Quebec, Canada

Deadline: Ongoing

Stòras a' Bhaile - Winter 2020

Stòras a' Bhaile - Winter 2020 will only proceed if the application for funding to subsidize costs is successful.


Living and learning together in community, you are invited to join us at Stòras a’ Bhaile - Winter 2020, a five-day residential Gaelic Immersion Folklife School.   Stòras will be held in Mineville (near Halifax) Saturday to Wednesday:  February 15-19. Sessions will run from 9:30 AM to 4 PM daily. In the evening, there will be seanchas, games, visits and more.  Due to space constraints, pre-registration is necessary, as the program can only accommodate a maximum of 10 participants. Priority will be given to Nova Scotia residents who commit to stay on site for the duration.  Admission for Stòras a' Bhaile is $300 for the week.  Teas, meals and accommodations provided.

Click here for more details.

Wild Rose Farm

We offer a one or two week retreat at our eco-friendly organic farm.  Artists can pursue their work, cultivating their creativity in direct contact with nature in a restful and beautiful setting. Working space is provided, and farm, nature and found objects are available to those who would like to make use of them with gratitude.

Whether seeking inspiration, rest or just time to work in a rural and peaceful environment, this retreat offers all of these possibilities.

2020 Residency Dates

April 12-25

May 3-16

June 14-27

June 28 -July 11

August 9-22

September 13-26

October 1-31

Lunenburg School of the Arts Artist-in-Residence program provides a space for emerging artists, including recent graduates, to enable them to develop and enhance their practice in their chosen medium. The program will host two artists each year, one in each of their two terms: Fall (September 8 - December 15, 2020) and Winter Term (February 14 - May 15, 2021).  The Artist-in-Residence will have 24-hour access to an independent studio space and will receive a stipend of $500 per month. The artist is responsible for material costs and their own living and travel arrangements and expenses. Deadline for Fall Term: March 15.
Workshops and Educational Opportunities

Qi Gong
With Carol Anne Landry

Returning on Friday, Jan. 10th, 2020
The Arts House

1 class/Week for 4 weeks$60
or Friday Drop-ins $15

All Ages Paint Parties

Saturdays: Mar. 14 & Apr. 11

2pm - 4pm
The Arts House

Share a canvas with your kids and share in the art-making experience or paint side-by-side. 

Children 10+ may be left unsupervised.

To register: http://antigonishartfair.ca/youthclassesandworkshops

Paint Parties: Ages 19+

Saturdays: Mar. 14 & Apr. 11


7pm - 9pm
The Arts House

To register: http://antigonishartfair.ca/adultclassesandworkshops

First Words: Fiction

The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is pleased to offer a new session of First Words: Fiction for the winter 2020 season. This section of the nine-week fiction writing course will be led by Andrew Battershill, Valerie Compton, and Kris Bertin. This session will be offered on Tuesday evenings (7-9 pm) beginning January 14.  

As a welcoming space for beginner or emerging writers, First Words: Fiction provides an overview of the craft from several professional perspectives. No prerequisites or pre-existing pieces of writing are necessary for participation in this course.

Kris Bertin – February 25, March 3, 10

Location: Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
To register: http://www.writers.ns.ca/workshops.html
First Words: Poetry 

The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is pleased to offer a session of First Words: Poetry for the winter 2020 season. This section of the nine-week poetry writing course will be led by Shauntay Grant, Alison Smith, and Sue Goyette. This session will be offered on Wednesday evenings (7-9 pm) beginning February 12.  

As a welcoming space for beginner or emerging writers, First Words: Poetry provides an overview of the craft from several professional perspectives. No prerequisites or pre-existing pieces of writing are necessary for participation in this course.

Alison Smith – March 4, 11, and 18

Sue Goyette – March 25, April 1 and April 8

Location: Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax

To register: http://www.writers.ns.ca/workshops.html

Two Youth Art Classes Offered by Grant Lounsbury

Youth Drawing 

Tuesdays, February 18 - March 10
4pm - 5:30pm
The Arts House
Ages 12 - 16


Animation & Character Design
Thursdays, February 20 - March 12
4pm - 5:30pm
The Arts House
Ages 12 - 16

To register: http://antigonishartfair.ca/youthclassesandworkshops

An Intro to Social Media for Writers

It is a fact universally acknowledged that social media are easy to use but difficult to use well.

This two-hour session will (re-)introduce you to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as platforms for promoting your work and networking with readers, publishers, and other writers. Because your social media accounts can be your first chance to impress, we’ll cover social media etiquette, online community-building, best practices for linking and image use, and increasing the impact (reach & engagement) of your posts. Most importantly, this session will get you thinking of social media as specific genres—with their own conventions, themes, and reader expectations—so you can start writing posts with greater purpose.


Andy Verboom is the founder of Couplets (a lit & art collaboration series) and co-founder of long con(an online magazine for art about art). His poetry has won Frog Hollow’s Chapbook Contest and Descant’s Winston Collins Prize, been shortlisted for CV2's Young Buck Prize and Arc's Poem of the Year, and appeared in PrismThe PuritanVallum, and elsewhere. His sixth poetry chapbook will be DBL (knife | fork | book, 2020). Andy is a freelance editor, a communications instructor, and the Communications Officer at the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. 

Saturday, February 22,
2pm - 4pm

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax


4 New Adult Art Classes Offered by Grant Lounsbury

Breakfast Club Painting 
Thursdays, February 27 - March 12 and March 25 - April 9
9:30am - 12:30pm
The Arts House

Wildlife Painting
Thursdays, February 27 - April 2
6:30pm - 9:30pm
The Arts House
Ages 16+

Advanced Painting
Tuesdays, March 3 - April 7
6:30pm - 9:30pm
The Arts House
Ages 16+


Drawing into Painting
Wednesdays, March 4 - April 8
6:30pm - 9:30pm
The Arts House
Ages 16+

To register: http://antigonishartfair.ca/adultclassesandworkshops
Photography and Camera Basics with Andrew Barkhouse

Saturday, March 7th
10am - 1pm
The Arts House

In this workshop, participants will learn about exposure and its relationship to aperture, shutter speed and ISO, camera functions and lenses, manual versus automatic modes, focal length, composition guidelines, rule of thirds, leading lines and more. A DSLR or a digital camera is suggested for this workshop.

Cameras will not be provided by the instructor.

To register: http://antigonishartfair.ca/adultclassesandworkshops

Spider Beadwork Workshop with Sarah England: Ages 10-16

Saturday, March 7
2pm - 4pm
The Arts House

Materials are provided; however, if you have special beads that you would like to incorporate into your design, please feel free to bring them.

To register: http://antigonishartfair.ca/youthclassesandworkshops
March Break Art Camps at The Arts House

Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20
9am - 4pm
Ages 8-12

Each day, we will host ten children ages 8-12 and registration is first come first serve, so be sure to secure your spot. We will keep a cancelation list just in case. 

The doors of The Arts House open at 8:45am and the fun goes from 9am - 4pm with a lunch break from 12pm - 1pm. Camps cost $50 a day.

On Wednesday, March 18th, there will be an additional All Ages Paint Party with Andy Pumphrey for children and parents/caregivers to either share a canvas or paint side-by-side. Children 10-12 may be left unattended for this session. This session will run 1pm - 4pm and costs $25 per canvas.

If you would like to sign your child/youth up, please keep in mind:

  • Drop of begins at 8:45am and pick up is 4pm;

  • Packed lunches should be nut free;

  • If required, parents are to provide your child/youth with a one-to-one assistant;

  • Let us know if there is anything we should know beforehand about your child/youth that will help make their art camp experience a happy one.

Button Bracelets with Sarah England: Ages 10-16

Saturday, March 21
2pm - 4pm
The Arts House

Materials are provided; however, if you have special buttons that you would like to incorporate into your design, please feel free to bring them.

To register: http://antigonishartfair.ca/youthclassesandworkshops
Kate Ward is offering workshops in Zen Stitching and Shibori Weekend Workshops across the province (Annapolis Royal. Tatamagouche, Chester, Halifax and Truro) and online! Sashiko embroidery is a Japanese textile mending and reinforcing technique involving a simple running stitch that creates embellishments used to mend clothes while also adding meaning and mindfulness to your work. You’ll discuss the materials and tools, what needles and thread work best, how to transfer designs to your fabric and practice how to achieve the perfect stitch length. Not able to attend in person? She is also offering an online sashiko course.

Call for workshop proposals for the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival, an annual event for quilters, rug hookers, knitters, spinners, dyers, felters and other fibre arts enthusiasts. Now in its 13th year, the festival dates for 2020 are October 13 - 17 in Amherst and the theme for this year's festival is  Weaving a Story. The festival will be a celebration of cultural connection through fibre arts.

Workshops and events must focus on rug hooking, quilting, knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, felting, dyeing, needlework, beading, basketry, quill work and other fibre arts. See their website for details and to submit for the 2020 Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival. Deadline: February 29.

The Arts House

The Arts House has dates and times available to artists of all kinds who are interested in teaching courses or giving workshops this winter and spring.

For further inquires, contact antigonishartfair@gmail.com and check out The Arts House at http://antigonishartfair.ca/the-arts-house
Parrsboro Creative has announced their call for applications for the 4th annual Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival! Thirty qualifying plein air artists will be selected from across North America and will compete for more than $8000 in cash and product awards. This year’s festival is June 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and the judge will be Tom Forrestall. Apply by February 1st to qualify for the early bird registration fee. See their website for details. Deadline for submissions: February 15.
The Arts NS Art Bank Purchase Program deadline is approaching! Artists are invited to submit their works for consideration. Pieces that are acquired become part of a working collection. Read the guidelines and apply. Professional artists who are Canadian citizens, or landed immigrants who have maintained their primary residence in Nova Scotia for at least 12 months prior to the application deadline. Professional artist collectives may apply. Deadline: February 15.
2020 is ART IN THE OPEN's 10th anniversary!
This is so exciting for us, as we are a nonprofit organization and having ten successful years of delivering a free, contemporary art festival is a big achievement.

This year, we are extending our call for submissions to give folks lots of time to submit proposals for this year's festival. Art projects can take the form of installations, screenings/ projections, performance art, dance, outdoor theatre and street performance (i.e. mime, puppets, storytelling, spoken word, etc...), sculpture and other temporary art forms. We are interested in art projects that invite the attendees of the festival to engage with and participate in the art in some capacity.

Please visit our website to download the application package: www.artintheopenpei.com/submissions/

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,


Rachel Power,
ACA Arts Coordinator
Antigonish Culture Alive (ACA)
P.O. Box 1175
Antigonish, NS, B2G 2L6
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