Cat MacKeigan, PhD

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Cat MacKeigan is active behind the scenes in the arts and cultural sector and the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Nova Scotia. With over 15 years of experience working within and reporting on cultural policy, government-cultural relations, and innovations in economic development through the arts, Cat brings a novel perspective and queer voice to conversations around arts management, public policy, and institutional relations. Their cultural research and management practice bridges the gap between artistic practice and public policy interest. 

Cat regularly leads and collaborates on various research projects under the umbrellas of cultural, economic, and community development. These projects include strategic planning, program evaluation, governance reorganization, grants preparation, human resources management, communication plans, organizational review, change management, and economic impact analysis. Cat also works as an arts manager, teaches courses in technical theatre, cultural policy, and government policy towards business, and keeps active in their artistic practice through production management, technical theatre, live-streaming, and producing within the performing arts. Their practical experience in the arts is directly linked to their drive for capacity building in the cultural sector and across the Queer community through values-sharing, mutual understanding, and a shared experience base with other individuals.

Cat has multiple degrees including a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Theatre (Bishop’s University, 2005), a Master of Public Administration (Dalhousie University, 2008), and an Interdisciplinary PhD with a focus on cultural policy (Dalhousie University, 2020). They have presented their research at regional, national, and international conferences. Select notable conference invitations include the BIA Conference in Campus Künzelsau, Germany (2019), the Creative City Conference in Halifax, NS (2017), TILT City in Vancouver, BC (2015), and Metropolis (2011) in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal.

In their interdisciplinary doctoral study at Dalhousie University, Cat opened the field of public administration to investigate the institutional and organizational structures of arts support provided by the Nova Scotia Government and associated cross-sector relationships. They introduced a critical analysis of public policy administration and the consequences of this organization for how professional artists know and do their work. Through this institutional ethnographic research, Cat uncovered and examined policy consequences that contribute to an administrative skills deficit within the professional arts sector, high levels of burnout across arts administrators, and challenges experienced by artists, cultural organizations, and governing agencies when reporting on policy outcomes. Cat also identified policy and programming recommendations to effectively address these challenges that meet both the sector and the department’s interest.

David Oyler

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David Oyler has been working in the charitable and non-profit sector since 2001. His most recent work has been with the Antigonish Culture Alive Association, FEED NOVA SCOTIA, the Colchester Residential Services Society, the Second Story Women’s Centre, the Support Services Group Co-operative, and in the continued delivery of sector presentations and workshops to over 400 organizations around the Maritimes. Other organizations he has worked with include the AC Group of Independent Accounting Firms, the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre, Adsum House, the Artists’ Legal Information Society, the Association of Nova Scotia Museums, the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Athletics Nova Scotia, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Halifax Partnership, the Independent Living Nova Scotia Association, Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces, the Mennonite Central Committee Canada, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. He also worked with the Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador on their Compliant Fundraising Practices project (funded by Canada Revenue Agency’s Charity Partnership and Outreach Program).  

David is an active volunteer in the sector and the community. He was a presenter for the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia’s webinar series on dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, he launched the Atlantic Charities Initiative in 2016 to support and strengthen the charitable sector in Atlantic Canada, was a witness in the Senate of Canada’s Special Committee on the Charitable Sector (click here for submission), has been a presenter for the Canadian Charity Law Association webinar series and for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Nova Scotia chapter’s education sessions, and contributes periodic articles and perspectives on issues facing the sector. He served as a volunteer on Imagine Canada’s National Engagement Strategy including membership on the Narrative Steering Committee, and served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Nova Scotia Chapter as Secretary/Treasurer, Chair, Government Relations, and Chair, 2013 Maritime Fundraising Conference.  He is a Big Brother, a minor league basketball coach, and an active volunteer in the curling community. Other organizations David has volunteered with include FEED NOVA SCOTIA, Homebridge Youth Society, the Red Cross, CBCF – Run for the Cure, Nova Scotia Special Olympics, and various community and civic special events

Mhiran Faraday

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Mhiran has lived, worked, studied, and explored various regions across Canada. Though she started as a Statistics major in university, Mhiran quickly realized that her passion was to work in the arts – not as a performer or maker, but as someone that leads and supports others in their success: first in theatre production as an Equity Stage Manager, and eventually in music administration primarily with the Banff Centre, Symphony Nova Scotia, and as Executive Director of Debut Atlantic – a pan-Atlantic classical music touring network on the east coast of Canada as well as contracts with Gros Morne Summer Music, Gryphon Trio, grant writing, and organizational strategic planning & operations. Currently, she splits her time between the mountains and the ocean, having recently returned to work remotely for the Banff Centre to manage and produce the triennial Banff International String Quartet Competition and Laureate Career Development as well as the String Quartet Festival, which in 2020, pivoted to an online event with concerts organized across North America for streaming. A Canada Council Fellow with the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA), Mhiran is part of a working group promoting and developing environmental sustainability practices for ISPA in a global context, but with a particular interest in the Canadian sector. She has been active as a peer assessor with Canada Council, juror with ECMA, on selection committees and led conversations for CAPACOA and the APA, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Arts Nova Scotia as Vice-Chair of the Board and as a member of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council.

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.

Janice Isabel Jackson

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Janice Jackson has sung over 230 world premieres, many works written specifically for her, and performed with contemporary music ensembles and in modern music festivals and concert halls around the world – Beijing, Paris, Avignon, Vienna, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Torino, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Berlin, Cape Town, Johannesburg and more.  In practicing her craft, Jackson has worked extensively as an improviser, and mastered a wide range of extended vocal techniques.  She has also taken part in many visual arts based projects either as a recording artist for sound sculptures, a muse for art film, a participant in performance art projects, and music based art gallery installations. She is the Artistic Director of the Halifax based contemporary vocal music society Vocalypse Productions, a presenter of contemporary voice projects, from improvisation to new opera and contemporary art song.  Her duo, Newfangled, with pianist Barbara Pritchard focuses on new Canadian compositions for voice and piano.  Together with 2 Persian musicians she performs in the Teleet trio, which combines western and middle-eastern instruments in exotic arrangements of international folk songs.  She recently performed a solo concert with Toronto’s premiere new music presenter New Music Concerts. In 2018 – 2019 she performed extensively throughout France in CO2 Cycle de Lieder, a multimedia project by Belgian composer Patrick Defossez, which combined stunning live video graphics with rare and exotic instruments.  In 2018, Jackson was honored with the Friends of Canadian Music Award through the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre.  She has also received an Established Artist Award from the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council and an award from the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia for her contribution to Nova Scotian culture.  Jackson continues to gain support for her activities through grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia.  

 

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.