Nova Scotia’s diverse creative communities will soon benefit from a partnership that will increase access to funding while helping develop the province’s creative economy. Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, with Barbara Burley, Canada Council for the Arts board member, and Candace Stevenson, Arts Nova Scotia Chair, signed a memorandum of understanding for a three-year partnership. “The arts play a crucial role in Nova Scotia’s cultural vibrancy and economic sustainability,” said Mr. Preyra. “This new partnership will help artists and arts communities that typically face barriers to accessing funding support and artistic growth.” The partnership was announced at an evening reception Thursday, Sept. 20. The partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts and the province boosts support, representation and profile for minority arts communities and helps them access existing funding. “This partnership is a concrete example of the Canada Council’s commitment to improving access for artists from diverse communities,” said Canada Council director and CEO Robert Sirman. “It is an opportunity for us to further recognize the artistic contribution of these artists and arts organizations to the cultural lives of Nova Scotians.” The fund is $450,000 over three years, with the province and the Canada Council each contributing $75,000 annually. Arts Nova Scotia will design and deliver the fund. It will be managed through existing grant programs and by a provincial staff member with specialized knowledge on equity and diversity. “This is a significant moment for the artists and arts communities of Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Stevenson. “Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to develop this program that will provide support to artists and organizations.” Applicants will be evaluated by a peer committee. The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national arts funder. Its grants and payments to artists and arts organizations benefit Canadians by ensuring a vibrant arts sector in Canada. It promotes and advances equity and diversity.