The 54th Annual Conference of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans
The Halifax Marriott Harbourfront
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Join us on the bus to this magical maritime village and spend the day on your own, exploring
For centuries, Lunenburg’s affinity with the sea has shaped her destiny.
Buses will depart the Halifax Marriott Harborfront for the 90-minute drive to Lunenburg at 8:00 a.m. and will depart the Lunenburg Academy at 3:00 p.m.
Please click here for more information about the Development Workshop, including online registration.
Please click here for a printable PDF about the Development Workshop, including a registration form to send in with your payment by check.
Please walk to the
Dinner on your own
Please click here for a printable list of favorite restaurants as shared by colleagues at NSCAD University.
Please ask us about guided tours of Opening Night of RESPONSIVE International Light Art Project Halifax.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
The one-room classroom hasn’t gone away; rather it’s expanded beyond its walls to address the complexities of modern culture, while engaging our students through use-inspired collaborative instruction.
Richard Lachman, Director
Helen Maria Nugent, Director
Calvin Williamson, Professor and Chairperson Department of Science and Math
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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Ron Burnett, President and Vice Chancellor Emily Carr University of Art & Design
Joseph Seipel, Dean Emeritus
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Michael Singer will talk about his perspective as an artist -- a creative thinker and problem solver whose work has evolved around questioning assumptions and constantly looking at why things are the way they are, and how they might benefit from different points of view. The presentation will include several examples of built projects representing Michael Singer Studio's integrative design process, working with naturalists, biologists, engineers, scientists, social anthropologists, historians, economists, other professionals and communities. These projects demonstrate how creative design can innovatively address environmental, social, political, and economic concerns, as well as provide solutions that promote regenerative outcomes.
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Please click here to read more about the Roundtable Presentations.
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, in Halifax, is Canada's national museum of immigration. The museum occupies part of Pier 21, the former ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971. From the 1970s until 1991, Pier 21 housed the Nova Scotia Nautical Institute, a training facility for professional mariners. During the 1990s, the former immigration quarters provided studio and workshop space for artists. The ocean liner pier itself became increasingly used as the Halifax Port Authority's cruise ship dock. Pier 21 is Canada's last remaining ocean immigration shed. The facility is often compared to Ellis Island, an association it shares with the immigration station at Grosse Isle, Quebec. Pier 21 became a museum in 1999, and officially became a National Museum of Canada in 2011.
While in the area, please enjoy Photopolis exhibit entitled “Finding Refugee” by Hany al Moulia, 21, a Syrian refuge, a Regina resident, and now, a celebrated photographer.
You may wish to remain in Downtown Halifax for dinner with colleagues.
Friday, October 20, 2017
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Dalhousie University
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Diversity and inclusion has been a hot topic in academia for a long time. Yet, despite many discussions on this issue and legal battles, statistics show that we are far for achieving success when it comes to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty in institutions of higher education, particularly when it comes to gender and race. This panel is aimed at proposing best practices based on the experiences of the panelists. Sharing of other experiences by the audience will be encouraged so we can put together a document that can be used by ICFAD members to improve their chances for success regarding diversity and inclusion in their institutions.
Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean , Faculty of Art
Dalhousie Art Gallery Director/Curator Peter Dykhuis, Past President of University and College Art Gallery Association of Canada (USAGAC), will introduce us to:
Click here for more information about these exhibits.
Collaborative professionals at TCC are most of the way through design of an addition to the existing Arts Center at Dalhousie University. An informal meet and greet presentation will share information about this project. In addition to the galleries housed in the 1971 Arts Center, there are practice rooms, rehearsal studios, two studio theatres, the 180-seat Dunn Theatre, and the 1,000-seat Rebecca Cohn Theatre. In early 2017, a team of architects, engineers and consultants began to design an addition. This addition will house a 300-seat concert hall, two rehearsal halls, a green room, practice rooms, three costume teaching studios, wardrobe storage, offices and support spaces. The team also studied the Cohn theatre for acoustic and technical upgrades. Visit with some of the designers to learn how they are solving the challenges in creating an addition to this iconic brutalist structure.
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
The Many Faces of Diversity
The world's changing. Arts Deans now find themselves being involved at one level or another with:
What additional situations as related to security and / or social media have arisen at your institution? Share with your colleagues in this open forum.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:00 a.m. – Noon
ICFAD Board of Directors Meeting with Task Force Chairpersons
Please click here to register for the Conference. Please note that registration for the Development Workshop or Day in Lunenburg requires a separate registration. Please remember to make your hotel reservations separately, as well.
Please click here for a printable PDF to use for registration for the Conference. Please note that registration for the Development Workshop or Day in Lunenburg requires a separate registration. Please remember to make your hotel reservations separately, as well.
If you want an in-depth picture of a place, go to its artists. Artists – be they painters, potters, athletes, chefs or musicians – not only give us a glimpse into their home through its artwork, but through the raw materials they use, and finally through themselves. The Canadian Maritime province of Nova Scotia is home to an incredible collection of artists, and its fascinating to look at how the landscape of their rugged island home shapes them creatively. Click here to see a short video entitled, PORTRAIT OF THIS PLACE: NOVA SCOTIA.
Halifax is an urban centre wrapped in seacoast and history. Attendees of the 54th Annual Conference of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans will experience a friendly and upbeat culture, walkable city and pleasant rural communities. Our Conference agenda will include visits to three universities, and multiple cultural institutions. Click here to see a short video about Halifax.
On the morning of Dec. 6, 1917, Halifax and Dartmouth were rocked by a tremendous explosion after two ships — one of them a munitions vessel — collided in the harbour. Halifax’s north end was levelled. Reconstruction took years.
A commemorative emblem was developed for use as a visual identity and recognition of many projects surrounding the 100th anniversary. The emblem will reflect the municipality’s commitment to the significance of this commemoration and will be featured at special events, projects and official communications in the year leading up to and during 2017. This anniversary will not go unnoticed by planners of our Conference!
The 54th Annual Conference of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans will be held at the:
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
$186 Canadian per night when you mention ICFAD
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Please click here to see photos of the Conference hotel.