Peter Guildford is a native of Halifax who has had a life-long involvement in the arts.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Education, and Masters of Theatre History at the University of British Columbia.
He worked for the Vancouver Children’s Festival for two years while completing his thesis. Peter returned to Halifax in 1981 and worked in a volunteer capacity and then as Festival Director for the Children’s Festival of Nova Scotia. During that period he also taught Theatre Studies at Dalhousie University.
In 1987 Peter joined the Culture Division of the then-Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, where he worked in community cultural development and organizational development and managed grant funding programs in community and arts development. From 2008 until he retired in 2011 he was Acting Director of Programs, responsible for overseeing the Culture Division’s funding programs and supervising the work of the program officers.
Throughout his 24 years with the Culture Division Peter worked closely with arts and cultural organizations, community arts councils, and individuals active in the culture sector across the province. He saw his role not only as a funding manager, but also as an information resource and consultant on organizational and community cultural development. Since his retirement Peter has drawn upon his knowledge and experience to serve occasionally as a consultant in the areas of board governance and strategic planning.
Peter served as Secretary for the Nova Scotia Talent Trust for 14 years.
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