Barbara Richman

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General Info

  • Co-founder, Strategic Arts Management
  • Consultant
  • Halifax/South Shore, NS

Artistic Discipline(S)

  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

Areas of Consultation

  • Financial Management
  • Governance
  • Grant Writing
  • Operations
  • Revenue Generation
  • Strategic Planning

Additional Expertise

  • Program Planning
  • Organizational Health
  • Board Development

More About Barbara

Barbara Richman has worked for more than 30 years in the arts and heritage, assisting individuals, small and mid-sized companies, large organizations, and funding agencies.  During that time she has held executive management positions with Halifax Dance, Jest In Time Theatre, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Strategic Arts Management. She is known for her skills in crisis management, financial rebuilding, Board development, and Strategic Planning.  She has particular interest in organizational health, leadership development, and the building of infrastructure to support sustainability.  

Currently, Barbara works with clients across the country as free-lance consultant. An experienced educator, Barbara taught Arts Management at Dalhousie University for many years and continues to include training, mentoring and facilitation in her work with clients.  

 

Sarah Santos

General Info

  • Freelance Marketing and Communications Consultant
  • Pictou County, NS

Areas of Consultation

  • Communications
  • Governance
  • Strategic Planning

Additional Expertise

  • Sponsorship

More About Sarah

Sarah Santos is a marketing and communications professional with more than 15 years of experience helping organizations to achieve their goals and build a strong relationship with its costumers. Events, strategic planning, sponsorship and marketing are her specialties.

Sarah has worked for some of the most prestigious art organizations in her country, as the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and the Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro, helping to build their marketing, communication and sponsorship strategies. She also worked for O Globo, one of the main newspapers in South America, as responsible for the selection of cultural projects supported by the company, and for creating brand and sponsorship activation strategy.

Passionate for all forms of art, and recently moved to Nova Scotia, Sarah is willing to help local art organizations to build their communication, marketing and sponsorship strategies.

Krista Keough

General Info

  • Founder, Krista Keough Communications
  • Halifax, NS

Artistic Discipline(s)

  • Music Business
  • Podcast Production
  • Film & Television
  • Visual Arts

Areas of Consultation

  • Audience Development
  • Communications
  • Financial Management
  • Governance
  • Grant Writing
  • Graphic Design
  • Revenue Generation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Touring
  • Website Design & Development

Additional Expertise

  • Safe Spaces & Anti-Oppression
  • Festival Coordination

More About Krista

Krista Keough is a multi-talented, multi-faceted contributor to the creative industries. As a marketing and communications professional, she collaborates with artists, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and for-profit organizations to deliver compelling content that connects with their audiences. Over the past decade of her professional career, she has worked as an artist manager and publicist, on film and television productions, and as an advertising executive, fundraiser, writer, and teacher.

A longtime member of the music industry, Krista spent five years at the venerable artist management company Jones & Co. working with their core roster of east coast talent. The skills she honed transferred well to independent contracts for artist and business development, strategic planning, grant writing, and marketing projects. Krista is the past artist manager of best-selling pop star Ria Mae and multiple ECMA award-winners In-Flight Safety, and she was the festival manager for the 2018 Halifax Jazz Festival.

Krista has worked in and out of the film industry for as long as she’s been involved with music, primarily with casting agent Erin Hennessey. As a faculty member at NSCC Ivany campus for six years, Krista taught multiple courses in the School of IT & Creative Industries and the School of Business.

Claire Halpern

General Info

  • Arts and Culture Consultant
  • Dartmouth, NS

ArTs Background

  • Arts Administration & Management

Areas of Consultation

  • Communications
  • Governance
  • Grant Writing
  • Operations
  • Revenue Generation
  • Strategic Planning

Additional Expertise

  • Event Planning and Coordination

More About Claire

Claire Halpern is a senior Arts and Culture administrator with over ten years experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill university and a Master’s in Tourism Policy and Planning from the University of Waterloo. For the past decade, Claire has worked in both the private and public sectors to support, enhance and expand the valuable role that the arts can and should play in the community. Highlights of her earlier work include doubling the annual operating budget at the Burnaby Arts Council, expanding the online presence of the North Vancouver Arts Council through marketing and communications planning, and finding new funding streams for the BC Brain Injury Association. 

Most recently, Claire worked as the Manager of Cultural Development for the City of White Rock, in Metro Vancouver. During her time in White Rock, she led public art projects, organized special events, and successfully obtained numerous grants. She created the City’s first public art locations plan and the City’s first cultural strategic plan. In addition, Claire was the lead staff member and grant writer for the City’s Canada 150 project. The application was successful, and brought in the largest arts grant ever awarded to the City. Claire recently moved to Dartmouth and is excited to bring her expertise in arts management and strategic planning to the Maritimes.

Mary Vingoe

General Info

  • Freelance Theatre Director and Playwright
  • Halifax, NS

Frequent Discipline(S)

  • Artistic Direction, Theatre
  • Arts Administration

Areas of Consultation

  • Communications
  • Governance
  • Grant Writing
  • Operations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Touring

Additional Expertise

  • Festival Planning and Programming

More About Mary

Mary Vingoe is a well-known figure in Canadian Theatre. A director, Artistic Director, Festival Director, playwright, teacher and actor who has worked across the country, Vingoe is celebrated for co-founding four major theatre companies in Canada. She is the founding Artistic Director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She is a co-founder and past Artistic Director of Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre, a co-founder and past co-Artistic Director of Ship’s Co. Theatre in Parrsboro, NS and a co-founder and past Artistic Director of The Eastern Front Theatre in Halifax.

Vingoe has directed at theatres across the country including the National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Neptune Theatre. She is also a noted Canadian playwright. Her play Refuge premiered in Halifax at Eastern Front Theatre in 2013 has received productions across the country. Refuge, published by Scirocco Press, was a finalist for the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award and was short listed for the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Drama. Her new play Some Blow Flutes premiered at the Busstop theatre in October 2018 and was nominated for best new play at the 2019 Merritt Awards.

Mary Vingoe is the recipient of the Portia White Award for artistic excellence and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011 for her contribution to Canadian theatre.

Sally Wolchyn-Raab

General Info

  • Artistic Director, Eyelevel Artist-Run Centre and Bookstore
  • Halifax, NS

Artistic Discipline(s)

  • Visual Artist
  • Critical Writer

Areas of Consultation

  • Financial Management
  • Governance
  • Grant Writing
  • Operations
  • Strategic Planning

Additional Expertise

  • Safe Spaces & Anti-Oppression
  • Curation

More About Sally

Sally Wolchyn-Raab is an interdisciplinary artist, Artist-Run Centre nerd and critical writer working with intersectional feminist and community-based approaches to science, body and space. She merges a range of mediums from drawing, printmaking, craft, performance and electronics to produce works that examine our historic and societal relationships to the natural world using the human body as context and foreground. As an emerging critical writer she examines fellow artists, exhibitions and institutions through the lens of feminism and demystification – occasionally favoring poetic and conversational vocabularies over a cerebral conceptual art lexicon.

Sally was raised in the ancestral Lenapehoking territory in Manayunk (Philadelphia) and holds Jewish-American and settler heritage. Sally received a BFA in drawing from ACAD in 2010, and lives in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) where she works as the Artistic Director of Eyelevel Artist-Run Centre & Bookstore, sits on the Editorial Committee of Visual Arts News and is the President of Atlantis: the Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic.

Her work with Artist-Run Centres started as a founding board member of Calgary’s Pith Gallery and Studios in 2011, and she has since worked with Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax, Untitled Art Society in Calgary, M:ST Performative Art Festival in southern Alberta and the Alberta Association of Artist Run Centres. Her work has been published and exhibited in Canada and the United States including Visual Arts News (Atlantic Canada), HOAX Magazine (San Francisco), LUMA quarterly (Southern Alberta), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), Nocturne Art At Night (Halifax), Nuit Blanche Edmonton, and the 2012 Calgary Biennial.

Erica Allanach

General Info

  • Freelance Graphic Designer & Administrator at NSCC
  • Halifax, NS
  • Website

Artistic Discipline(s)

  • Fine Arts & Graphic Design

Areas of Consultation

  • Graphic Design

Additional Expertise

  • Logo, Poster and Program Design
  • Promotional Materials

More About Erica

Erica Allanach is based in Halifax and has done graphic design work for a variety of arts clients including Eastern Front Theatre, Theatre Nova Scotia, Mocean Dance, Theatre Arts Guild, and suddenlyLISTEN. Her design experience includes logo design, poster design, program design, and promotional materials. Erica was Strategic Arts Management’s CHRC Intern in arts administration in 2012-13 with work split between SAM and Live Art Dance – where you can still find her regularly at shows working the box office. She currently works for NSCC as an Administrative Assistant, and her love of nonprofits is still very much alive – she is an avid volunteer with CMHA Halifax-Dartmouth as Committee Chair of their annual Mosaic for Mental Health Art Exhibition and Sale fundraiser, and is currently studying in NSCC’s Nonprofit Leadership advanced diploma program. She also volunteers with Open Heart Forgery, a free monthly poetry journal fostering HRM writers. Erica has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Drama, and English Literature from Mount Allison University and a diploma in Graphic Design from NSCC.

Jane Marsland

General Info

  • Arts Consultant
  • Toronto, ON

Artistic Discipline(s)

  • Theatre
  • Dance

Areas of Consultation

  • Governance
  • Strategic Planning

More About Jane

Jane Marsland has been an articulate advocate for the arts for many years and has served on a wide range of boards, advisory groups and committees. Jane was a co-founder of For Dance and Opera, co-founder and Director of Technical Assistance of The Creative Trust: Working Capital for the Arts, as well as co-founder and director of ARTS 4 CHANGE. She has been the recipient of two arts community awards: a “Harold” in 2001 and the Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in the Arts in 2002. Jane has managed arts organizations since 1970, and was General Manager of the Danny Grossman Dance Company from 1982 to 1999. In 1995, she received the first M. Joan Chalmers Award for Arts Administration for outstanding leadership in the arts. In 2011 she was awarded the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Cultural Leadership Award.

Since October 1999, Jane has been working as a freelance arts consultant and has worked with more than 90 arts organizations.

Her work with the small to mid sized arts organizations has involved the design, structure, and interaction of the organizational format, equation and the planning and organizational learning processes. She believes that it is important to develop new approaches and methods of working to emphasize agile and adaptive organizational responses that are informed by knowledge of constant environmental changes.

She utilizes a process of working with arts organizations that she has learned through eighteen years of being affiliated with Arts Action Research in New York and with whom she is now a Principal Associate. She believes that each organization has a unique vision, point of view and way of working. The challenge is to learn how to discover, understand and reveal these unique qualities and processes. To do this requires the building of a relationship with the organization and acknowledging what has been accomplished by the organization to date. So she always begin with what is right, what effective elements are already in place, the vision and values, existing or evolving artistic programming, internal and external working relationships, and ways the organization collaborates and problem solves. To do this, her interventions are designed in the form of a process within which the group can achieve better understanding, articulation and communication of the artistic/programmatic centre of the organization. The sessions are to help each group achieve real clarity and understanding of their mission/vision, where they want their organization to be, and the action plans on how to get there. She never tries to reshape an organization to fit a design or conform to a model.

Janice Jackson

General Info

  • Singer, Producer, Artistic Director
  • Halifax, NS

Artistic Discipline(S)

  • New Vocal Performance

Areas of Consultation

  • Audience Development
  • Communications
  • Grant Writing
  • Strategic Planning

Additional Expertise

  • Career Development
  • Conference Programming

More About Janice

Janice Isabel Jackson has sung over 230 world premieres, many of which were written for her. She has performed with contemporary music ensembles and in concert halls around the world – Beijing, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Torino, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Berlin, Johannesburg, Cape Town and more. She has appeared in countless contemporary music festivals including the November Festival (Ghent), Wien Modern (Vienna), Ludwigs Lust (Hamburg), The Proms (Amsterdam), IRCAM (Paris), Big Torino 2000 (Turin), and the Diem Festival of Electro-acoustic music (Denmark). She is also the Artistic Director of the Halifax based contemporary vocal music society, Vocalypse Productions, through which she has commissioned, produced, marketed \nand premiered many works, including opera (Tim Brady’s new opera Ghost Tango for 2 singers and electric guitar), improvisatory music, and contemporary art song. She recently created and sang a new performance art piece Voice Dance II – Tectonic Shift, with metal smith John Little’s fantastical sound sculpture, in Upstream Music’s Open Waters Festival 2019. Throughout 2018 – 2019 she has performed throughout France in CO2 Cycle de Lieder, a multimedia project by Belgian composer Patrick Defossez. In November 2018 she produced and organized the international Music in New Technologies Conference. Jackson was recently honored with the Friends of Canadian Music Award through the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre.

Virginia Stephen

General Info

  • Freelance Consultant, Artist and Curator
  • Lunenburg, NS

Artistic Discipline(S)

  • Visual Art and Folk Art

Areas of Consultation

  • Governance
  • Grant Writing
  • Strategic Planning

Additional Expertise

  • Museum Curation and Collection
  • Arts Education

More About Virginia

Virginia Stephen has 35 years of experience as an arts educator, museum educator and senior arts administrator. She was Deputy Director (Head of Programs – Exhibitions Education and Public Programs) and Curator of Education at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Executive Director of the Edmonton Art Gallery and Executive Director of Liberal Studies (Visual Art, Residential Interiors, Writing, Humanities), Faculty Of Extension at the University of Alberta. She taught in the Arts and Cultural Management Program at MacEwan University. She is a creativity facilitator for the Leadership Development Program at The Banff Centre.

 As a consultant in art museum and collection development, curatorship, and program development, Virginia Stephen’s clients have included the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta Education, Varley Art Gallery, and University of Alberta Museums. Virginia is committed to helping museums, heritage organizations, arts organizations as well as other no for profits and government agencies reach their greatest potential through developing good governance foundations and practice, policy development, organizational development and finding effective means for staff and board members to work effectively. Using visual facilitation and arts based action, her visioning, planning and team development workshops engage participants to push the creative and innovation potential of individuals, teams and organization. Clients include not for profit, government, and corporate groups. Virginia is certified to use the Foursight® Breakthrough Thinking Profile a powerful tool for helping individuals and groups understand their dynamics and style for creative and innovative problem solving, and has trained as a visual facilitator.

Virginia is a committed volunteer, having served as Chair of the Edmonton Arts Council, founder, chair and executive member of the Edmonton Heritage Council, chair of the Museums Strategies Committee, appointed to the Alberta Premier’s Council of Culture, on the board of several artist run galleries and community theatre groups, on the Board of the Canadian Museums Association and Canadian Art Gallery Educators. These experiences combined with her work experience give her a deep understanding of both operations and governance and, volunteer and staff concerns.

Virginia Stephen has an MA in Visual and Performing Arts Education (University of British Columbia) and undergraduate degrees in both Art History and Arts Education (Queen’s University) and is a graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute.

Virginia has worked and presented across Canada and has been a guest speaker at education, museum, healthcare, creativity, and leadership conferences and symposia in the United States and Europe.