March 4, 2024

FREDERICTON, NB – The Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick (UMNB) is pleased to announce that the Town of Salisbury has been selected as the host community for a pilot project to support the development of a municipal cultural policy for 2024-2025. The project is the result of a new partnership with the Association Acadienne des Artistes Professionel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB), ArtsLinkNB, and the Association Francophone des Municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick (AFMNB) and UMNB, made possible with the support of the federal and provincial governments.

“Arts and Culture hold an important place in the municipal space. It underpins what makes our communities places people want to live in” said Dan Murphy, Executive Director of the UMNB. “We received significant interest from municipalities throughout membership, and are pleased that the Town of Salisbury will be the pilot community for this important element of building community identity through the arts as we work through municipal reform”. 

The town of Salisbury was selected by a committee made up of representatives from UMNB and ArtslinkNB. The collaborative process will engage municipal council, staff, and a wide range of community members, supported by UMNB and its partners. 

“The Town of Salisbury is thrilled to be selected for this program and looks forward to working with current partners, including UMNB, while making new partners to engage our residents and arts, culture, and heritage stakeholders as we undertake this project,” said Salisbury Mayor Robert Campbell. “Like many New Brunswick communities, Salisbury’s heritage plays a central role in our identity and this work will help us build our cultural foundation to strengthen our municipality. As we celebrate ‘Salisbury 250’ in 2024, the Cultural Policy Pilot provides an opportune chance to try to build on this work to recognize and celebrate the heritage of the region and our new municipal boundaries.”

Resources to help all municipalities, such as a translation of AAAPNB’s “Guide to Help Communities in the Development of Cultural Policies” will also be available as part of the project. 

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For more information, please contact: 

Amy Anderson


Research and Policy Officer 

t – 506 – 444 – 2285 

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Massimo Caracristi


Director of Recreation

t – 506 – 372 – 3280