Barbara Richman

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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

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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

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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.

Sally Wolchyn-Raab

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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.

Jane Marsland

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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.

Virginia Stephen

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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.

Pamela Grundy

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Pamela Grundy has spent decades working in the arts and culture sector as a dancer, director, curator, fundraiser and arts administrator.

Her long association with the Toronto-based Danny Grossman Dance Company included many years as performer, Co-Artistic Director, Director of Education and Outreach and Director of Preservation. Most recently as Development Co-ordinator, she established the fundraising program at Dance Collection Danse, Canada’s national museum, archives and research centre devoted to dance. She has had the pleasure of sitting on the boards of the Dance In Canada Association, Randy Glynn Dance Project and Judy Jarvis Dance Foundation and has served on the dance committee of the Toronto Arts Council.


Currently residing in Halifax, Pamela has been a summer resident of the Annapolis Royal area for the past 27 years. She was Co-founder and for 8 years Co-Director of the Granville Ferry Summer Dance Program and has provided services for the Nova Scotia Museum, Halifax Dance and Dance Nova Scotia. She is presently on the board of the Society of the Company of Angels and volunteers for Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal.

Believing in a holistic approach to supporting arts organizations, Pamela’s interests and strengths include: fundraising strategy, annual fund development, multi-year planning, education/outreach, audience development and preserving arts legacies.

Gillian Reid

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Gillian has worked in the performing arts sector for over a decade, building tours for her curated client roster to perform across Canada and Internationally. She is a member of the CAPACOA International Market Development Committee.

Gillian has been a registered service provider with Strategic Arts Management since 2009. Along with providing specific marketing and managerial services, she is developing a standard for touring support for SAM clients. Previously, Gillian represented SAM’s touring roster at regional, national and international contact events.

In 2002 Gillian moved back to Canada from the US with her husband and settled on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Through her position on the board of the Chester Playhouse, Gillian worked with both SAM and Judy Harquail in 2009 to establish an audience development plan for the 176-soft seat venue. Gillian met Artistic Director/Choreographer bboy Crazy Smooth (aka Yvon Soglo) in 2010, at a three-day intensive touring workshop in Toronto organized by Judy. Gillian has served as tour manager for Crazy Smooth and his dance company, Bboyizm, ever since, and in 2013, the company received the Atlantic Presenters Association’s Touring Artist of the Year Award.

Gillian has worked with a number of SAM clients directly, including Sageev Oore, Mocean Dance, Maria Osende, Lisa Phinney-Langely and PHIN.

Gillian’s professional background includes two and a half years working as a management consultant at the University of California at San Francisco and five years prior to that working for a large performance marketing firm in Toronto (with a year-long stint in Chicago). Her client list included GM Canada, VW Canada, BP Oil and Westbury Life Insurance. Gillian also gained event production experience working as a full-time production assistant for a freelance producer in Toronto. Projects included The Cancun Jazz Festival, Volkswagen Trade Show and EuroVan Launch; as well as the Black and White Polo Ball, which raised over $35,000 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Gillian has a degree in administrative and commercial studies from the University of Western Ontario.

Gillian is currently on the board of the Chester Playhouse and Vice Commodore of the Chester Yacht Club.

Karen Gross

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Based in K’jipuktuk, Karen Gross works as a theatre producer. She is the Creative Producer for the Accidental Mechanics Group (Let’s Not Beat Each Other To Death, The Unfamiliar Everything) and serves as chair of the board of Eastern Front Theatre. Karen has previously worked with 2b theatre company, Keep Good (Theatre) Company, Zuppa Theatre Co., Live Art Dance, Strategic Arts Management, and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. 

Karen has experience writing grant applications at the municipal, provincial, and federal level. She has assembled proposals for small and mid-sized organizations as well as individual artists; with experience writing operating grants, project grants, travel grants, touring grants, professional development grants, and more. She has taught grant writing and budgeting workshops (StART Festival, 2b theatre company, and the Halifax Fringe) and has also served as a peer juror. She aims to help make arts funding more accessible.

Margot Aldrich

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Margot Aldrich has been a professional violist for 25 years, 17 of them in Nova Scotia.  She has been a member of Symphony Nova Scotia and The Blue Engine String Quartet and has also been featured in many Nova Scotian artists’ recordings including Sanctuary, MIR, Mary Jane Lamond, Gordie Sampson, Suzie LeBlanc and others.   She has also had a private teaching studio and gives select workshops in the HRSB school system.  Margot has been on the executive board of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra since 2011 and is devoted to this organization for its excellence and commitment to giving young people a deep musical education. 

Before arriving in Nova Scotia in 1996, Margot lived and worked in Montreal dividing her time between l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (including 6 international tours and several recordings), l’Orchestre des Grand Ballets de Montreal (including 300 performances of The Nutcracker), l’Opera de Montreal, the McGill Chamber Orchestra and Les Boreades de Montreal Baroque Ensemble.   She also played with Le Quatuor Claudel, giving hundreds of performances and recording works by Prokofiev and Dvorak. Margot’s training was received at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK and she later received a Concours Premier Prix at Le Conservatoire de Quebec a Montreal. 

In 1992 Margot had the first of her three children and as such has experience as an early childhood educator, events coordinator, domestic, culinary and financial manager, negotiator and conflict mediator as well as care giver. In 2010 Margot started her own business as a professional Realtor and currently runs every aspect of the business from office management, computer program skills, document management, project coordinator, client management, crisis management, negotiation and consultant on myriad subjects pertaining to Real Estate. 

Margot has acted as spokesperson on local media for both Arts and Real Estate issues. 

In her infrequent spare time, Margot enjoys creative writing, sewing and Ukranian egg decorating.