NEW GLASGOW – New Glasgow has opted to give its portion of an arts award to a Community Art Room project housed in the NSCAD-New Glasgow Community Studio.
Each town, the municipality and Pictou Landing were given the opportunity to either reinvest their portion of a $10,000 Arts Nova Scotia Community Art & Culture Recognition Award back into Creative Pictou County, who applied for it, or into a project that furthers arts and culture in the community.
“The Town of New Glasgow has taken a lead in the arts and culture sector and is very pleased to invest our allocation in facilitating, cultivating and encouraging the development of youth artists. We are so excited and appreciative of having this opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the arts in our community,” director of community economic development Geralyn MacDonald said.
In the fall of 2013, MacDonald, along with local artist Tabitha Coleman, worked together to make their vision of a community art room become a reality.
“After evaluating the feedback from our community development public sessions that we conducted in the spring of 2013, it was clear that youth were interested in and needing more outlets to explore their interest in the arts prior to graduation from high school,” said MacDonald.
The Community Art Room is open for junior high students two Fridays a month to work on their art with the help of local artists, MacDonald said. Each session, a local artist provides mentorship as well as instruction. There is a new discipline or specialty introduced or explored each week.
The funds from this grant will help them sustain the program.
Artist Tabitha Coleman, co-ordinator of the New Glasgow Community Art Room program, added, “The Town of New Glasgow is very supportive of the Community Art Room youth program and has been throughout the entire concept and development process. Without this support from the town and the recognition from the Community Arts & Culture Recognition Award, the program would not have been achieved. Identifying and developing curriculum such as this provides opportunity for creative minds, ensuring the continued growth in our community of the arts and culture for future generations.”
MacDonald said Creative Pictou County deserves recognition for their hard work and goal to enhance the local arts community.
“New Glasgow is very grateful to have them working so passionately to grow the Pictou County arts scene and to bring it even more to the forefront,” said MacDonald. “We have always been blessed with such a wealth of artistic talent in this region. The society and new arts programs such as the NSCAD-New Glasgow Community Residency Studio and the Community Art Room only continue to enable the arts to flourish and grow.”
Some communities reinvested back into the arts council, such as Stellarton, while others gave their portion to projects in the town, including Trenton, which put the funds towards the heritage room.