Does it ever feel like you’re living in a community rich in culture and the arts? Well, you are.
Janine Linthorne, left, Crystal Mann, Nancy Kimber, Denise Lynch, New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan and Pictou County Warden Ronald Baillie accepted the Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award at a ceremony on Friday. SUBMITTED
That’s according to the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, which awarded the Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award to the County of Pictou and the Town of New Glasgow on Friday night at their annual awards event celebrating artistic achievement.
Mayor Barrie MacMillan and Warden Ronald Baillie accepted the award and thanked the Creative Leadership Council for recognizing the community's achievements as well as Creative Pictou County for its nomination.
The Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award is presented annually by the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council to a community that demonstrates the value it places on the presence of arts and culture in community life.
Denise Lynch, Creative Pictou County steering committee chair, was thrilled to accept that the town and county received recognition.
"It is with the spirit of unity and celebration of our region's achievements that the arts society nominated Pictou County for the Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award,” she said.
Creative Pictou County Arts Society represents all art forms, including dance, theatre, music, visual arts, sculpture, photography, authors, writers, poets and playwrights.
The Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council and Arts Nova Scotia celebrates excellence in arts and culture across the province. The event celebrates the achievements of Nova Scotian artists, arts organizations and cultural communities.
The award assessment panel composed of artists, cultural workers, and municipal representatives noted the thoroughness of the nomination in acknowledging the many arts and cultural opportunities available throughout the county. Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council stated that Pictou County has embraced the concept of the creative economy as part of the driving force which creates a healthy environment to live, work an invest time and energy.
In the nomination application, Lynch highlighted the county’s support for the arts.
“Pictou County arts scene is bursting with talent, energy and enthusiasm,” she said. “The municipalities, non-profits, businesses and communities recognize the value of art and culture and have proven their commitment through investment and volunteering in many highly successful programs which enrich their community life and create a pride of place for the region as a whole.”
Creative Pictou County Arts Society invites all those interested in shaping its role in our community to attend community meetings, held in a different community around Pictou County and occurring once a month. Please contact Janine Linthorne, interim secretary by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 752-4800.
Learn more through the website www.creativepictoucounty.com, or by visiting the page Creative Pictou County on Facebook. The next meeting will be held at the Glasgow Square, Tuesday Oct. 29, 6 p.m., in the Green Room with a presentation by Gary Blackwood and Tony DeCoste on their upcoming release of The Seer.