The Arts in Antigonish
Antigonight: Art After Dark, a festival for all the arts, celebrates the rich arts community of northeastern Nova Scotia. Festival goers are immersed in a seamless environment where they can participate in dancing, singing and music-making of many kinds, theatre, painting, ceramic mural-making, printmaking, fibre arts, storytelling and sculpture production outdoors where the night sky is part of the events. Be amazed: it’s free.
Described as "the little festival that could", but not as small as you think! Festival Antigonish offers over 100 performances of a dozen different shows over 2 months! Summer is indeed Festival season in Antigonish, the perfect base for your Maritime vacation!
Antigonish Culture Alive is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting excellence in art practice and raising awareness of the arts in our region. Culture Alive is run by a board of directors and by committees.
Theatre Antigonish is a non-profit, community theatre under the supervision of professional staff. It is based in the Bauer Theatre building on the StFX University campus. Productions during the fall and spring terms feature university and high school students, and residents of the local community. Occasionally guest artists are invited to act in or direct its productions.
Down To Earth Art has a gallery stocked with hundreds of framed original oils, watercolors, pastels, etchings, limited edition prints and photography. Each piece is custom framed using quality materials and framing techniques to ensure a unique piece that will make a lasting impression. We carry a wide variety of local artists featuring historical ships, seascapes, florals, landscapes and woodcrafts.
Serving the arts community of Antigonish and the Northern Shore region of Nova Scotia since 1975, Lyghtesome Gallery has been a forerunner in promoting well-known Antigonish artists and other leading artists from across the Maritimes through its monthly exhibit schedule. The gallery features an outstanding collection of works by Nova Scotian printmakers and watercolourists, as well as award- winning pottery, wood, clay and metal sculpture, art-related books and cards, historic engravings of Scottish culture and the Atlantic region, and celtic artwork. Lyghtesome's custom framing services represent the highest in quality craftsmanship and artistic integrity.
StFX's Fine Art faculty includes renowned art historians and practicing professional artists who bring firsthand knowledge of the creative process to our program.
The Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA) is a community, not-for-profit organization. We have provided adult and family learning opportunities to over 2,200 learners since 1994. Our main office is located in the People’s Place Library in the town of Antigonish, but we regularly provide programs in a variety of sites in Antigonish County. We believe “everyone is a lifelong learner”.
ARDA provides supportive, inclusive leadership in strengthening the economic and social fabric of the region through sustainable community economic development. ARDA promotes the Antigonish community to the world, focuses on capacity building, developing and strengthening partnerships and encouraging innovation to stimulate economic growth and community development.
Antigonish Town & County Library is one of seven branches in PARL's regional library system, located on the corner of Main Street and College Street, Antigonish. They offer a full range of free services and access to the resources of all Nova Scotia public libraries. Antigonish Library is a Community Access Program (CAP) site, sponsored by Industry Canada and the Nova Scotia Technology and Science Secretariat.
Antigonish Town Recreation is dedicated to providing sport, recreation and leisure activities for the citizens of Antigonish. The department concentrates on maximizing the Towns existing assets as well as building on its proud heritage and culture. To achieve their vision and with the available resources, the department will provide programs, services, facilities, plus advice and assistance to individuals, community groups and organizations.
Artist-Run Centre's in Nova Scotia
The Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic was incorporated in 2005 to support and promote the activities of artist-run centres in Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference is a Canadian organization that represents – by way of the regional associations that form its membership – approximately 170 artist-run centres and collectives in cities and towns across the country.
ARCAC is a registered not-for-profit charitable, community organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the arts. ARCAC was founded by a group of artists in 1982 who began meeting in Annapolis Royal to explore ways of sharing their work and ideas with one another and with the community at large.
Founded in 1979, the Centre for Art Tapes is an artist-run centre that supports artists working with electronic media, such as video, audio, and new media.
Eyelevel Gallery is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the presentation, development and promotion of contemporary art. Through a range of programming initiatives such as exhibitions, performances, special projects, and workshops, Eyelevel Gallery has provided a forum for the discussion and education of contemporary visual art for 37 years.
The Khyber, is a non-profit, artist-run centre located in an historic, three-story building in downtown Halifax. The centre presents contemporary art exhibitions, artist lectures, panel discussions, performances and offers art classes to youth. The Khyber is a focal point and meeting place for the community, besides exhibitions they also offer: concerts, Khyber Kids education program, lectures, and various fund-raising events in between exhibitions.