Craft Nova Scotia Planning for the Future: Organizational Review


The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused much upheaval across the whole arts and culture sector in Nova Scotia and across Canada. Craft Nova Scotia had to close the physical Designer Craft Shop, and we has been following public health mandates which have resulted in changes to our programs and services to members. We are grateful for the pandemic relief funding programs by the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia to help us get through this period of uncertainty. 

We recognize that we, like all arts organizations, must come to terms not only with the impacts of COVID-19, but also with the social movements of our time. As we look toward 2022, we are taking this opportunity to conduct an organizational and program review through the lenses of Truth and Reconciliation as well as equity, diversity and inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. 

Craft Nova Scotia will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2023. While such anniversaries are a valuable opportunity to look back on how far we have come, it is important to carefully consider how we go forward into the future. This review process is timely, and is designed to build a new legacy of repairing relationships, creating an inclusive organization with relevant programs for a diverse range of members and the wider craft community.  

We have engaged a third-party consultancy, Strategic Moves, to facilitate the research and community engagement process over the next four months. 

This initiative will include a review of our organizational structures, governance and programming to identify and reduce systemic barriers to the full and equitable participation of craft makers from across Nova Scotia’s diverse communities. In addition, Strategic Moves will prepare a review of external trends, challenges and opportunities, including how the arts sector at large is working toward recovery and resiliency, the digital transformation of society and trends in retail. Members and the public will be invited, and have the opportunity to participate in this work through roundtable conversations via Zoom meetings and an online survey.  

“Craft Nova Scotia is a membership-based arts service organization that relies on the active participation of its current members as well as the wider craft community to help shape the next phase in our evolution.  A sub-committee of Craft Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors is acting as “process stewards” to ensure this work reaches out to and engages the full diversity of the craft community and to support the independent consultant’s work. From the outset, the voice of members and the wider craft community will be pivotal to shaping the outcomes of this initiative.” – Deborah Wheeler, President, Board of Directors, Craft Nova Scotia 

Information and updates about this work, and the opportunities to participate during the early part of 2022, is available on this page, which can be linked to at

About Strategic Moves (

Strategic Moves, founded by Inga Petri in Ottawa in 2007, is now located in Whitehorse, Yukon on the Traditional Territories of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and Kwanlin Dün First Nation. These are self-governing nations that negotiated modern treaties (2002; 2005) under the Umbrella Final Agreement between the 14 Yukon First Nations and the Governments of Canada and Yukon. 

Strategic Moves operates at the crossroads of research, strategy and marketing. Their success in working with organizations in the public and private sectors, is the result of designing highly dynamic, collaborative approaches that guarantee the purposeful, ongoing participation of clients and stakeholders backed by data-driven research and analysis. Since 2007 they have gained a national reputation through large-scale national studies, and major research and strategy assignments at the national, provincial/territorial and regional levels. Strategic Moves maintains a strong focus on the arts and cultural sectors in every province and territory in Canada, including in Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Region. 


Kelly Jerrott, Executive Director
Craft Nova Scotia
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Phone (mobile): 902-880-3314 

Inga Petri, President
Strategic Moves
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Phone (mobile) : 613-558-8433