Welcome back everyone! Though there have been summer classes, it’s been fairly subdued this summer at NSCAD and I’m looking forward to having the hallways full of students again and Sam’s back in the cafeteria.
I always look forward to this time of the year—it’s a time of fresh beginnings, a new academic year, new challenges, a fresh page in the sketchbook. We at NSCAD begin the term with optimism. Enrollments are looking good in terms of new and returning students. And, we’ll embark shortly on a strategic visioning exercise to give concentrated thought about how we define ourselves and goals for the future.
While it’s been quiet, we’ve been busy. We have seen early drafts of the space utilization and affiliation studies and I expect to be able to report on them soon.
The folks in University Relations are getting ready for two major fundraisers that are on the horizon this fall. The first is called ROAR: An Art Auction for NSCAD; the name is inspired by the stone lions on Granville Mall. The auction takes place Friday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Port Campus. There will be ceramics, jewellery, paintings, prints, sculpture, textiles, and even a conceptual art piece that you can bid on. This is an event for anyone who loves art or anyone who loves NSCAD—preferably both! Funds raised from the auction will go to NSCAD’s Annual Fund.
To find out more about ROAR: An Art Auction for NSCAD, please check the website at www.nscad.ca/roar. If you don’t see anything that strikes your fancy, check back. New works are being added all the time.
The second fundraiser is quite unique. Presented by the magazine East Coast Living, Dine by Design East is a showcase of 10 dining rooms by 10 design teams, including NSCAD. There will be public viewings of the rooms at the Olympic Community Hall, 2304 Hunter Street, from October 2 to 6. Then, on October 3, there will be a special gala evening during which you can sample gourmet creations that have been inspired by the room designs.
Credit for bringing the Dine by Design concept to Halifax goes to Jonathan Legate of Jonathan Legate Interior Consultation and Suzanne Saul (BFA 1987) of Attica Furnishings. Proceeds from the event will go to support design education in the name of Amber Harkins, a former editor of East Coast Living.
So that’s it from me for now. I hope to see you in person for the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, September 11 at the Port Campus.
P.S. A note about the beautiful painting at the top of this post. Ocean Wave is by Craig Budovitch, one of the three artists with the NSCAD-Lunenburg Community Studio Residency. Craig, along with Hangama Amiri and Andrew Maize, recently took part in an end-of-year show at the Lunenburg studio.