Strategic Arts Management Welcomes New Leadership

Halifax, NS – Strategic Arts Management (SAM) is pleased to announce a new management structure and leadership. Beginning September 2, 2014, Bruce Klinger and Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Luka will share the executive leadership position as Director of Internal Operations and Director of External Relations, respectively. Both have worked as service providers with SAM for many years, and have deep roots in Nova Scotia’s arts community. This structure will permit each of them to continue working on existing projects, while providing SAM with a wealth of skill and experience. “The Board of Directors is thrilled that we have a team that brings such a breadth of skills and depth of experience to the managing and marketing of the arts in our community”, says Dianne Milligan, Chair of SAM’s Board of Directors.

A founding consultant with SAM, Bruce Klinger was Neptune Theatre’s General Manager from 1988 to 1998 and went on to assist in the creation of Theatre Nova Scotia and to develop an extensive arts consulting practice. In 2009, Bruce started Valley Summer Theatre. With more than thirty years of arts management experience, Bruce has developed expertise in financial management and strategic and business planning.

M.E. Luka is an internationally-published scholar and an award-winning digital media producer and director, with more than twenty years of experience in media and non-profit management and consulting. She has developed strategic plans and partnerships with several clients, including the Canada Dance Festival and the CBC. Currently a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar and doctoral candidate at Concordia University, M.E. teaches part-time at NSCAD and Mount St. Vincent Universities.

SAM thanks co-founder and outgoing Executive Director, Barbara Richman, for her incredible vision, leadership, and commitment to the organization, which she has led since 2007. SAM also gratefully acknowledges Gay Hauser’s dedication and experienced contributions as Interim Managing Director. Barbara and Gay will continue to support Nova Scotian arts organizations as service providers with SAM.

Strategic Arts Management is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit provincial service organization that supports Nova Scotia’s arts professionals and arts organizations in the management and development of their operations through subsidized consulting, mentoring, workshops, export activity, and research.

SAM’s clients include creators, producers, presenters, festivals, service organizations, educators, and arts award foundations and trusts. SAM is proud to help grow and enrich the cultural life of the province and to support our artistic community in the ongoing development of exciting and compelling work of regional, national, and international renown.


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