Cultural Campus

world-class instruction
awe-inspiring locations on the phenomenal Bay of Fundy


Parrsboro Creative’s Cultural Campus is open to everyone who wants to explore their creativity and expand their artistic horizons. This vibrant seasonal arts and artisan program, hosted on the spectacular Bay of Fundy, continued to inspire in 2016 with classes under the direction of some of the finest instructors. Defining creativity widely, the 2016 courses included: painting, stone carving, blacksmithing, drama, basketry, photography and the ukulele – yes, in 2016, people even had the opportunity to learn the ukulele from musical wizard, James Hill!

Parrsboro Creative is currently working on a surprising and inspiring program for next season. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive our early-bird calendar. A special thank you to our seven collaborating partners in the 2016 Cultural Campus: Age of Sail Heritage Museum, Arlene Collins Fine Art Gallery, Art Lab Studios & Gallery, Fundy Geological Museum, Ottawa House Museum, Ship’s Theatre Company, and The Hall.

What people said in 2016

Hi Lawrence: What a fantastic workshop … an excellent open class with a very knowledgeable teacher – you inspired me!
Sheila Ferguson, on Lawrence Nicoll’s photography workshop

Sandra Racine is an excellent teacher – she was fun, enthusiastic, patient, and provided a great deal of positive reinforcement to everyone who participated in this customized basket-making course. I would highly recommend the course to anyone.
Liz Yorke, on Sandra Racine’s Art of Mi’Kmaw Basketry Course

The Cultural Campus – How we see it

The Cultural Campus is where the skills involved in making art and fine craft are passed along to those interested in exploring their creative potential: from the hobbyist to the seasoned professional. Our campus is not anchored in any one location but will be found where the creative energies are best aligned for the learning experience: from the studios of Art Lab to the coal fired forge at The Age of Sail or the beaches of the Bay of Fundy, a pristine lake or the rehearsal hall of the Ship’s Company Theatre. Art is where you find it. Education follows the art.

Parrsboro, a once thriving seaport and primary resource exporter was bypassed during the era of major highway development in our province and thus became more isolated. This isolation has been our salvation in many ways. Aside from the unspoiled sea and countryside, it has meant our reliance on each other to make the most of things. The Cultural Campus is just such a working reliance. We have formed a partnership with others in our fields of interest to work to promote this wonderful diversity of cultural and creative learning. This environment provides an exceptional opportunity not only for those wanting to take a course but also provides an environment that is attractive to artists wanting to relocate here as it offers an opportunity for them pass along their skills to others.

The list of our collaborating partners demonstrates the diversity of opportunity that is Parrsboro Creative.

Parrsboro Creative is generously supported by:
The Nova Scotia Ministry of Communities, Culture and Heritage and The County of Cumberland.

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