NSCAD Community Studio Residency Program expands to New Glasgow
A unique grassroots partnership designed to help newly graduated artists jump-start their careers was officially launched on March 18 by the Town of New Glasgow and NSCAD University.
The New Glasgow Community Studio Residency Program will offer selected NSCAD graduates the opportunity to develop their professional practice while living and working in the community.
The Town is providing studio space in the newly renovated Community Destination Centre (part of an expansion to the New Glasgow Library through Phase 1 of the Downtown New Glasgow Revitalization) on Dalhousie Street in the former Roots Society Offices. In return, the residents will work with elementary and secondary school students on art projects, as well as offer workshops and lectures to New Glasgow area residents.
Under the program, the Town of New Glasgow will host upwards of three young artists at a time, for terms ranging from six months to one year. The first resident, ceramic artist Alana Wilson, BFA ’10, has been creating and teaching in New Glasgow since December 2010, and recently exhibited her newest works at the Atlantic Craft Trade Show and NSCAD’s “In Residence” exhibition.
"This exciting new partnership is part of our Town's commitment and vision to support the creative economy," said New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan. “It is also an important completion of yet another element of our Downtown Revitalization plan and will support our strategies to strengthen opportunities for new artists as well as provide our community with broader exposure to a variety of talented artists, specializing in numerous mediums. This is a program that is progressive and innovative and a tangible representation of our 'Flourish' brand in action. We are very proud to have established this partnership with an educational institution of such a high creative standard as NSCAD University."
“For these emerging artists, the studio residency is a transition year, from the security of school to the entrepreneurial world of the arts,” said David B. Smith, President of NSCAD University. “By taking some of the financial pressure off these new graduates, the program frees them up to create and begin promoting themselves as artists.”
“From our five years’ experience with a similar program in Lunenburg, we know these residencies are a wonderful way of authentically engaging community members with NSCAD and these amazing young artists,” explained Sharon Blanchard, Director of NSCAD’s School of Extended Studies. “We are delighted to be expanding this successful model to New Glasgow.”
“This official launch is just the beginning for ongoing artistic presentations and opportunities for community partnerships through our new NSCAD Community Studio,” added New Glasgow's Director of Community Development Geralyn MacDonald. “It is a program that will advance and grow the creative assets of our town and region."
More than 35 local residents along with members of the media took the opportunity to tour the Community Studio and meet with Alanna at a special open house on March 24. Town of New Glasgow officials, including Mayor MacMillan, and NSCAD representatives also attended the event.
That evening, NSCAD fashion professor Gary Markle presented the inaugural New Glasgow Community Studio Residency Program public lecture in the Community Room of the New Glasgow Library. The highly appreciative audience included alumni, members of the local arts community and prospective NSCAD students.