It’s actually official

March 22, 2011

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Town of New Glasgow and NSCAD University launch

New Glasgow Community Studio Residency Program

Innovative partnership provides recent NSCAD graduates opportunity to create, teach and share art with the community

NEW GLASGOW, MARCH 18, 2011…….A unique grassroots partnership designed to help newly graduated artists jump-start their careers was officially launched today by the Town of New Glasgow and NSCAD University.

The New Glasgow Community Studio Residency Program will offer selected NSCAD graduates the opportunity to develop their professional practice while living and working in the community. The Town is providing studio space in the newly renovated Community Destination Centre (part of an expansion to the New Glasgow Library through Phase 1 of the Downtown New Glasgow Revitalization) on Dalhousie Street in the former Roots Society Offices.  In return, the residents will work with elementary and secondary school students on art projects, as well as offer workshops and lectures to New Glasgow area residents.

Under the program, the Town of New Glasgow will host upwards of three young artists at a time, for terms ranging from six months to one year. The first resident, ceramic artist Alana Wilson, BFA ’10, has been creating and teaching in New Glasgow since December 2010, and recently exhibited her newest works at the Atlantic Craft Trade Show and NSCAD’s “In Residence” exhibition.

“This exciting new partnership is part of our Town’s commitment and vision to support the creative economy,” says New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan.  “It is also an important completion of yet another element of our Downtown Revitalization plan and will support our strategies to strengthen opportunities for new artists as well as provide our community with broader exposure to a variety of talented artists, specializing in numerous mediums. This is a program that is progressive and innovative and a tangible representation of our flourish brand in action. We are very proud to have established this partnership with an educational institution of such high creative standard as NSCAD University.”

For these emerging artists, the studio residency is a transition year, from the security of school to the entrepreneurial world of the arts,” says David B. Smith, President of NSCAD University. “By taking some of the financial pressure off these new graduates, the program frees them up to create and begin promoting themselves as artists.”

“From our five years of experience with a similar program in Lunenburg, we know these residencies are a wonderful way of authentically engaging community members with NSCAD and these amazing young artists,” explains Sharon Blanchard, Director of NSCAD’s School of Extended Studies. “We are delighted to be expanding this successful model to New Glasgow.”

“This official launch is just the beginning for ongoing artistic presentations and opportunities for community partnerships through our new NSCAD Community Studio,” adds New Glasgow’s Director of Community Development Geralyn MacDonald.  “It is a program that will advance and grow the creative assets of our town and region.”

The public is warmly invited to visit the studio and meet Alana along with Town of New Glasgow and NSCAD representatives at a special open house on Thursday, March 24 from 4:00m. – 5:30 p.m. at the new Community Studio at 182 Dalhousie Street ( behind the New Glasgow Fire Department in the former Roots Society location).

That evening, NSCAD fashion professor Gary Markle will present the inaugural New Glasgow Community Studio Residency Program public lecture, 7:00 p.m. in the Community Rm of the New Glasgow Library. Admission is free and all are welcome.

About NSCAD University: One of North America’s premier universities of the visual arts, NSCAD University educates the creative leaders of tomorrow. Founded in 1887, NSCAD offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in fine arts, design, craft and media arts.

About the Town of New Glasgow: New Glasgow is a picturesque town of approximately 9,500 residents located in northern Nova Scotia. New Glasgow is the commercial service centre for a regional population of 50,000 and is the largest town in the region of Pictou County.  New Glasgow is one of only 14 communities across the country selected for the national Climate Adaptation Environmental Initiative, is a member of Partners for Climate Protection, was named the 2010 national Communities in Bloom Community of Gardeners across all population categories for beautification of both private and public spaces and outstanding civic pride ; and was named Nova Scotia’s Model Volunteer Community in 2008.

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2 Responses to “It’s actually official”

  1. Mike Wilson said

    I saw a poster in New Glasgow advertising a Knitting & Chrochet group who met at the NSCAD building from 1 to 3 pm on Sundays. Today, May 15th I went down to the building around 1.15 however there was no one there. I am interested, as I do alot of Chrochet so the opportunity to talk to fellow chrochet folks would be interesting. Could you tell me if this group is going to continue to meet on Sundays or some other day/ place.
    Thank you. Mike Wilson 755-2039

    • hey mike. i’m not living in new glasgow anymore and should have taken down those posters before i left, but i think some ladies are meeting at baked cafe on saturday afternoons. cheers.

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