Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council Welcomes Action Plan
February 14, 2011
For Immediate Release
Halifax, NS--The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council (NSACPC) is pleased
with today’s announcement of the results of the arts and culture sector consultation.
“These are exciting times for the arts in Nova Scotia,” said Joella Foulds, Chair of the
NSACPC. “Today’s announcement recognizes the importance of this sector and gives a
clear direction for its future growth. This announcement is positive news for the sector and
for the province as a whole".
In response to a sector consultation in the fall of 2010, the Province has developed an
action plan to address the sector’s feedback.
The action plan calls for the development and introduction of Status of the Artist legislation;
the establishment of “Arts Nova Scotia”, an independent body responsible for decisions
regarding arts funding; the evolution of the Arts and Culture Partnership Council to the
Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council; a communications outreach plan aimed at both
the sector and the public; and an interdepartmental committee to explore program and
departmental synergies, opportunities and partnerships that will benefit the arts and culture
“As active members of the arts and culture sector in Nova Scotia ourselves, we appreciate
and accept the government’s response to the sector’s feedback and we feel that this is a
significant step forward to support and grow the sector,” said Ms. Foulds. "The introduction
of Status of the Artist legislation and the creation of the new ‘Arts Nova Scotia’ body are
both especially significant. The arts will have their own voice, and the needs of the artist
will be more strongly addressed.”
"The NSACPC welcomes the changes and looks forward to continuing to advocate for the
arts and culture sector in Nova Scotia as the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council,”
said Ms. Foulds.
Joella Foulds, Chair
Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council