Jackie Mackay Library Collection
The Jackie Mackay Collection is a reference library, dedicated to the assemblage and administration of an eclectic collection of books and related educational materials about craft and design in order to serve and support Nova Scotia´s craft community. The Jackie Mackay Library Collection helps promote the concepts of quality, creativity and inspiration, and is accessible to all Nova Scotians with an interest in craft and craft history.
The collection is the property of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council. The library’s resources are available to the public at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, located at 1061 Marginal Road in Halifax.
The library was initiated to honour the memory of Jackie Mackay, a talented artist, and weaver with an insightful voice as an arts activist. Jackie Mackay was an accomplished artist recognized as an Honorary Member of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council.
The Jackie Mackay Library has been built and sustained by independent donors, through generous gifts of books and funds.
Retail Craft Markets
Two annual juried markets: one in July featuring over 50 artisans, and
one in November featuring close to 100. The NSDCC will also, from time to time, put on craft markets in conjunction
with special events.
The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council newsletter, NSDCC News, offers something for everyone
with member profiles, features on craft activities and events, professional
development articles and an extensive notice board of information. It is published in February, April, June, August, October and December each year for mailing to our members.
in between issues of NSDCC News, our Newsflash
Online bulletins are informal updates just for members. Both editions keep members up to date with the latest developments within
the NSDCC, its committees and the craft community at large.
Juried exhibitions highlight recent, innovative work of NSDCC members.
The NSDCC holds exhibitions of members work, along with periodic larger
exhibitions which travel provincially or nationally.
Jurying is required for participation in NSDCC markets or to obtain the
distinction of NSDCC Master Artisan. Assessment is undertaken by the Standards Committee consisting of seven respected craftspeople representing a variety of media
elected by the NSDCC membership annually. All members of the NSDCC, with
the exception of Associates, may apply to have work assessed by the Committee.
Juried Status or Master Artisan membership within the NSDCC also gives
you access to NSDCC's product label program.
Standard Assessments Dates for 2011 are:
March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, September 9, October 14
In order to assure your space in a Standards Assessment session, you are encouraged to book with the NSDCC office in advance.
If you would like more information on NSDCC Standards Assessment, please
contact the NSDCC office and we will send you a complete information package.
Resource and Referral
We receive bulletins, news releases, calls for entry, trade publications
and newsletters from craft organizations across the country which are available
for use by our members. We also refer countless callers and visitors to
our member craftspeople with requests ranging from individual commissions,
to government gift bank purchases, to corporate recognition trophies.
NSDCC also promotes our members and their work to the news media, and
responds to media requests for information on Nova Scotia craft and craftspeople.
Advocacy and Representation
NSDCC represents the interests of Nova Scotia's craft community on a variety
of boards and committees. NSDCC also lobbies on behalf of craftspeople
regarding proposed legislative or regulatory changes which could have an
impact on their creative and/or business lives.
Additional Membership Benefits:
Depending upon your membership category, the following benefits may be
Custom tailored for the Canadian Craft
Industry and Visual Arts Nacora Insurance Brokers will offer a unique package
of property and exhibition coverage.
Credit Card Discounts
First Data has just informed us that each member who currently receives reduced merchant rates with them will maintain those rates until the end of his/her contract. If the member wants to renew, the rates will increase. Members who are new to First Data will not be able to get the same rates First Data previously offered.
Our office is currently looking for a new company to offer members special rates for credit card services, so please keep checking this page.
Group Health Insurance Plan
The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council is pleased to announce that we are working with The Chambers of Commerce Group Health Program throughout Nova Scotia for our members. The NSDCC has partnered with Theriault Financial Inc. and the Chambers Group Health Plan to offer you health benefits at group plan rates.
The Chambers Program is the #1 health plan for small businesses in Canada and insures over 29,000 small businesses like you offering everything from health and dental insurance to disability and critical illness all within one policy..
Group Discount with Basin Stationery and Office Supplies Ltd. Members of
NSDCC may receive up to a 30% discount and free delivery on office supply
Shipping and Courier Service
Sameday Right O Way is providing NSDCC members with a preferred rate, individually
tailored service with no restrictions on size, weight or commodity (high
The Vinyl Word Sign Company is happy to offer our members a 15% discount. You may contact Peter and Amber Nauss at:
12403 Peggys Cove Road
Glen Haven, NS B3Z 2R7
Car and Truck Rentals
Enterprise Rent A Car is pleased to offer our members corporate rates when proof of NSDCC membership is presented. According to Enterprise, they will offer our members a special rate if, at the time of booking, it is better than the standard corporate rate.
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