An update from NSCAD's Board of Governors, following its meeting on Thursday, March 31:
NSCAD University’s Board of Governors approved a balanced operating budget for 2016-17. The balanced budget represents several years of solid, steady progress and a commitment to sustainability as laid out in NSCAD’s Framework for Sustainability. It also delivers on the expectations of both the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the NSCAD Board of Governors.
As well, the board approved a direction recommended by NSCAD President Dianne Taylor-Gearing in her President’s Report.
As expressed in NSCAD’s 2015-2020 Strategic Framework, the university is focused on a sustained period of growth, vibrancy and prosperity. At the meeting, the board received the NSCAD University Facilities Planning and Space Study Final Report, as prepared by Lydon Lynch Architects. As many are aware, the consultants have been working with NSCAD faculty and staff throughout the winter on a functional space program, focusing on space and facilities needs for every department of the university. By way of context, a decision was made last fall (2015) to plan for the transition from NSCAD’s historic downtown campus by 2019, with one option being the intensification of NSCAD’s two other sites, the Academy Building and the Port Campus, a leased facility.
While intensification remains an important focus, the board has also determined the more immediate priority is to develop feasibility plans that explore opportunities to collaborate with other cultural sector partners in the province. Key to realizing this new and bold vision will be in taking the time to confirm that NSCAD is able to ensure long term sustainability and contribute fully to a thriving cultural economy – something that benefits all Nova Scotians.
“I am positive that these plans will enable NSCAD University to enhance our contribution to culture-led regeneration and creative industries prosperity in Nova Scotia and reaffirm our legacy as a world-class art, design and craft institution,” said President Taylor-Gearing.
A NSCAD town hall to provide an update on facilities planning will be held before the end of the semester, on Thursday, April 14, 12 noon, in the Bell Auditorium, Fountain Campus. Eugene Pieczonka from Lydon Lynch Architects will make the presentation.