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ArtsNL announces appointment of new Executive Director


June 10, 2021 (St. John's, NL) – ArtsNL has announced the selection of Melanie Martin as the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's new Executive Director starting July 1, 2021. Melanie will succeed Reg Winsor, who retires at the end of June after serving in the position for the last 17 years.

"We are pleased to welcome Melanie Martin to the ArtsNL team," says ArtsNL Chair Don Dunphy. "Her expertise and wealth of experience will be invaluable in our continued mission to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts in the province. We look forward to working with Melanie as she brings her creative vision to the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council."

"I'm thrilled to be joining the hard-working team at ArtsNL," says Melanie Martin, incoming Executive Director. "Thanks to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's increased support to ArtsNL, there will be greater opportunities to invest in our artists and arts organizations. This will be key to the growth of the cultural sector as we recover from the challenges brought on by the pandemic. I would like to thank Reg Winsor for his guidance as I transition into the position of Executive Director and wish him a much-deserved retirement."

About Melanie

Melanie Martin was born in Stephenville, on the province's west coast, but spent her formative years in Northern Manitoba. She holds a Master of Arts in Newfoundland and Irish history from Memorial University and has contributed to academic journals and websites, anthologies, and educational textbooks on significant events in Newfoundland and Labrador's history.

Melanie has deep roots in the arts and has been performing since her youth. She was a working musician in bands for nearly twenty years and taught the Music for Young Children Program for seven years. In May 2016, Melanie published her first historical fiction novel, A Splendid Boy, set during the First World War. She has completed two additional contemporary novels and is currently working on a third.

In 2010, she joined the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation as an Industry Development officer, delivering the Cultural Economic Development Program which supports professional arts organizations. In 2012, she was tasked with leading the province's First World War Commemoration file – Honour 100 (2014-2018), a project that has taken her numerous times to the battlefields of Europe and as far east as Gallipoli, Turkey. In 2017, Melanie became the Manager of Culture and Special Celebrations. She resides in St. John's with her husband, Kris, and their twin girls, Katelin and Khloe.

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; two community representatives (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual allocation of $3.9 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.