Creative Pictou County is beyond thrilled to present the inaugural Economic Development Forum for Artists: Becoming an Art Town!

This event will bring together community leaders, artists, movers and shakers, policy makers and anyone who wishes to see their hometown become a vibrant cultural hub. We hope you will join us!

Mingle, Munchies, & Mocktails  |  5:30 PM – 7 PM
LOCATION: Pictou Community New Horizons | 14 Kempt Street, Pictou 

Join us for an unforgettable evening of connection and camaraderie at our kick-off Meet & Greet event, hosted by Creative Pictou County. As a special offering to all workshop attendees, this event is free of charge to attend. A selection of mocktails will be available for purchase. 

Mingle with fellow artists and businesspersons attending the Becoming an Art Town Forum. Forge meaningful connections, exchange ideas, and kindle inspiration. Whether seasoned or just starting, engage in conversations to spark innovation and share experiences.

At Creative Pictou County, we believe in the power of community. Let’s raise a glass, indulge in fine cheese, and embark on a journey of exploration. Don’t miss this chance to network with like-minded individuals. 

Admission: Free for workshop participants, however, please register for the event by selecting the Meet & Greet + Workshop ticket type. 

Bonus Event:  Weather permitting, after our mixer, all are invited to join us at the Caladh Marquee waterfront site nearby. There, you can unwind by the waterfront, basking in the glow of a bonfire and drawing inspiration from the serene surroundings.

Becoming an Art Town: Economic Development Forum for Artists
LOCATION: Pictou Community New Horizons | 14 Kempt Street, Pictou

Join us for an enriching forum presented by Creative Pictou County on Becoming an Art Town. Our morning kicks off with an engaging panel discussion featuring esteemed community champions. Following this, delve into a full day of exploration during our ‘Becoming an Art Town’ workshop, led by the experienced Paul Portelli. As a sculptor, gallery owner, and seasoned community leader, Paul brings invaluable insights into transforming communities into vibrant art destinations.

Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from Paul’s expertise, drawing from his successful endeavours in revitalizing Warkworth, Ontario, into a thriving art hub. His unique blend of artistic vision, business acumen, and community engagement has empowered towns to embrace their cultural heritage and foster artistic expression.

In addition to the workshop sessions, participants can enjoy a leisurely lunch break, walking tours, and local sightseeing, immersing themselves in the rich culture and heritage of the Town of Pictou. (NOTE: Attendees will receive a 10% discount on their meals when showing their ticket at local Pictou restaurants.)

The event will take place at the Pictou Community New Horizons, situated at 14 Kempt Street, Pictou, NS. Registration will open from 9:30 am to 10:00 am, welcoming all those eager to embark on the journey of transforming their community into a thriving art town.

Morgan Toney
LOCATION: Pictou Legion | 130 Veterans Dr., Pictou

Join us in celebrating the closing of the forum by experiencing a captivating performance filled with brilliance and heart by 2024 JUNO-Nominated Mi’kmaq fiddler and singer, Morgan Toney as he brings the fiery fiddling of Cape Breton Island with the old songs of the Mi’kmaq Peoples. Presented in partnership with deCoste Performing Arts Centre.

Facilitator & Speaker Bios

Agenda – Saturday, June 8th

9:30am-10:00am – Registration

10:00am -10:15am– Welcome by Creative Pictou County Executive Director Carissa Ainslie

10:15am-11:15am – Community Champions Panel

  • Eric Stackhouse | Chief Librarian for the Pictou, Antigonish Regional Library
  • Michelle Young | Community Development Officer for the Town of Pictou
  • Crystal Murray | Editor In Chief Saltscapes Magazine and President of Advocate Media
  • Troy Greencorn | Executive Director for deCoste Performing Arts Centre
  • Moderator – Wade Tibbo | CEO of Pictou County Partnership

To start off the day, a panel of community champions will present new and exciting projects in the works for Pictou County, and how they were made possible by partnerships and community connections.

11:15am – 11:30am – Break

11:30am-1:00pmPaul Portelli and Becoming an Art Town Part One

The arts play a significant role in creating an economy and recently the “Creative Economy” has become the new kid on the economic development block. Through the experiences of one Ontario community we look at how the arts and the creative economy intersect and how Community development can support these sectors and help build vibrant communities.

Topics to be covered:

  • Creative economy
  • Creative places
  • Cultural resources/assets
  • Location
  • Festivals and events
  • Experiences
  • Blending arts and culture with other sectors
  • Collaborative Efforts and Marketing Pictou as a Destination for Unique Experiences
  • Experience packages
  • Arts Councils

1:00pm-2:30pm – Lunch

10% discount at:

Waterview Restaurant
Marina Bar & Grill
Stone Soup Café
Nook & Cranny
Harbour House – Ales & Spirits
Fat Tony’s

2:30pm-4:00pm Paul Portelli and Becoming an Art Town Part Two

Topics to be covered:

  • Marketing a Community
  • Branding/Logo
  • Collaborative Marketing
  • Teamwork
  • Consumer Behaviour/Components
  • Marketing

4:00pm – 4:15pm – Final remarks by board chair Dr. Vivianne LaRiviere

4:15pm – 5:15pm – Local walking tour of Pictou

Morgan Toney at the Pictou Legion | 130 Veterans Dr, Pictou | 7:30pm

Thank you to our sponsors!

Local Accommodations

Name # of Rooms Address Community Phone Coastal Listing
Fossil Farms Oceanside Retreat 7 160 McVicar Lane Egerton 902-759-0366 Fossil Farms
McLeod’s Beachfront Cottages 2 71 Dunvegan Lane Marshville 902-890-4434
Ocean Sunset Chalets 6 72 Amet View Lane Marshville 902-897-7644 Ocean Sunset Chalets
Comfort Inn New Glasgow 63 740 Westville Road New Glasgow 902-755-6450 Comfort Inn
Travelodge Suites New Glasgow 62 700 Westville Road New Glasgow 902-928-1333 Travelodge
Riverside Inn 7 47 Riverside Street New Glasgow 902-616-4828
Barra Shores 1 41 Weir Road Lower Barney’s River 902-863-7756 Barra Shores
Braeside Country Inn 18 126 Front Street Pictou 902-485-5046 Braeside
Brenda’s Place to Stay Bed & Breakfast 1 160 Haliburton Road Pictou 902-485-8653
Customs House Inn 8 38 Depot Street Pictou 902-485-4546
Dolan’s Inn & Suites 31 168 West River Road Pictou 902-485-1337
Lionstone Inn, Motel & Cottages 33 241 West River Road Pictou 902-485-4157 Lionstone
Seabank House Bed and Breakfast 4 68 Front St Pictou 902-485-4775 Seabank
The Scotsman Inn 10 78 Coleraine Street Pictou 902-485-1433
Willow House Inn 6 11 Willow Street Pictou 902-485-5740 Willow House
Kirribilli EcoRetreat – Pictou Island Yurts 4 715 Pictou Island Road Pictou Island 902-497-5004
The Hayloft 1 365 Cemetery Rd. River John 902-401-2331
Smith Rock Lodge & Chalets 22 310 Fitzpatrick Mountain Road Scotsburn 902-485-4799 Smith Rock
Holiday Inn Express Stellarton–New Glasgow 125 86 Lawrence Boulevard Stellarton 902-755-1020 Holiday Inn
Waterview Rooms 2 1338 Shore Road Waterside 902-331-0010
Emily’s Oceanside Cottages 9 7 Eric Romkey Lane Seafoam 902-489-1035