Acadian filmmaker Domenic Bro replaces outgoing Chair Victoria Hutt. New board members announced.
(Fredericton) During its Annual Meeting held in St. Stephen, the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) elected Domenic Bro (Tracadie) as its new Chair. He succeeds Victoria Hutt, who served in this role until the end of her second mandate on the board.
Domenic Bro is an Acadian filmmaker and content creator from Tracadie. Mostly self-taught, Domenic formed, with his brother François Pierre, the duo Les frères Breau, which has created a few hundred videos since 2010 that have been seen around the globe, online, on TV, and on the big screen (documentaries, series, music videos, short films, etc.). In a short time, he has become a significant figure in Acadian contemporary arts and culture.
Darren McLeod (Saint John) becomes artsnb’s First Vice-Chair, Jason Guerrette (Edmundston), Second Vice-chair, and Vanessa Moeller (Moncton), Treasurer of the board. Furthermore, artsnb is pleased to welcome new members Jalianne Li (Moncton) and Phyllis Grant (Pabineau First Nation), who succeed Victoria Hutt (Florenceville) and Hubert Francis (Elsipogtog First Nation) whose mandates ended. Other Board members include César Suárez (Saint John) and Jennifer Stead (Florenceville).
Phyllis Grant is a Mi’gmaq artist from Pabineau First Nation. Her works include animated films, poetry and music, as well as paintings and illustrations. She has exhibited er work nationally and internationally. Her film credits include, among many, Maq and the Spirit of the Woods with the NFB as director, writer and animator, and I Place You Into the Fire as illustrator. She is the founder of the Welneweg Arts Collective, and has served as juror for the Polaris Music Prize and the Prism Prize. Phylllis holds a Bachelor of Integrated Studies from UNB with a certificate in Leadership Studies.
Jalianne Li is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus in dance. Of mixed Chinese and Scottish descent, she is based in Moncton. After obtaining her bachelor in science, she studied dance at Trinity Laban and apprenticed with Springs Dance Company (both in London, England) and founded surFace Dance in 2012. An artist in dance, theatre, and circus, she has also performed with Satellite Théâtre, Theatre New Brunswick, Connection Dance Works, Circus Stella, and Danse En L’Air. Jalianne is currently the Dance representative for the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick.
The New Brunswick Arts Board is an arm’s length arts funding agency with a legislated mandate to facilitate and promote the creation of art as well as administering funding programs for professional artists in the province.