Announcing Craft Nova Scotia's New Executive Director

Craft Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that Kelly Jerrott has been selected as the new Executive Director of the organization by its Board of Directors.  Ms. Jerrott will join the organization on June 28, 2021. 
“Kelly is a senior leader in the arts and cultural sector in Canada and her knowledge of organizational development and advancement fits with the future direction we have planned for Craft Nova Scotia,” said Deborah Wheeler, President of Craft Nova Scotia.
Kelly is joining Craft Nova Scotia at a pivotal time, when the Board is about to launch the first ever organizational and program review of the organization. In the coming year the Board will consult with the Craft NS Membership, staff and stakeholders to develop new strategic direction, programs and services to assist in moving the craft community forward. The organizational review will be supported by the Executive Director and outside consultants.
Kelly Jerrott – Biography
“I am very excited to work together with the Craft Nova Scotia team to continue to support and promote craft, its value to Nova Scotia’s culture and economy, and of course the fabulous artists here in Nova Scotia” said Kelly Jerrott.
Kelly Jerrott is a senior leader in the arts and cultural sector in Canada, with more than 30 years of experience at the local, provincial and national level. She holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, in Victoria, British Columbia, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Physical Education from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 
Kelly is active at the national level as Past President of the Creative City Network of Canada, shaping and supporting the development of arts and culture nationally and internationally. Inspiring future cultural leaders, Kelly serves as a member of the Sessional Faculty with MacEwan University, in the Arts and Culture Management Program. 
She also engages and empowers others, through her ongoing work in the sector, and speaking engagements at the local, national and international levels, sharing her knowledge and experience in cultural planning and development, cultural policy, community building, and strategic planning through the adaptive change process.
Kelly Jerrott served almost ten years with the City of St. Albert, Alberta, most recently as the Director of Community Services, which included the portfolios of Culture, Community and Social Development, Emergency Social Services, and Indigenous Relations. Her responsibilities included management and operations of the City’s cultural facilities, including The Arden Theatre, visual arts studios, museum, gallery and heritage properties. Kelly was instrumental in the development of the City’s Cultural Master Plan, Heritage Management Plan, and Heritage Conservation Program. She was also responsible for moving forward numerous public art installations, heritage restorations and capital projects, such as Kâkesimokamik-the Healing Garden, and the Art Gallery of St. Albert adaptive reuse restoration. Her responsibilities also included the direct delivery of a wide variety of festivals, events and programs to engage and support the community.
Kelly has previously served as the Executive Director of Edmonton’s Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Executive Director of Music Alberta, and General Manager of the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Her past volunteer service includes serving on the board of the Western Canadian Music Alliance, host committee for the JUNOs, and WCMAs, and participating as a jury member for a variety of provincial and national organizations. Kelly Jerrott is a passionate leader working to develop the cultural sector, and the role it plays in creating sustainable, healthy communities.
Craft Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Rd.
Halifax, NS