Planning will begin this spring for a proposed cultural hub on the Halifax Waterfront which will include a new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University. “I am pleased to announce that we are working collaboratively with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, NSCAD and the Waterfront Development Corporation to develop a business case for a new cultural hub which will include a provincial art gallery, Nova Scotia Arts and Design university, and an exciting new public space on the Halifax Waterfront,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Nova Scotia is fortunate to have one of the country’s best provincial art collections. A new cultural hub will serve as a dynamic and iconic new space for the gallery, while inspiring future artists through education and programming, and serving as a place for Nova Scotians and visitors alike to gather and be inspired for generations to come.” The proposed cultural hub will help position Nova Scotia as a world leader in the visual arts, while creating a new place to celebrate our culture. A request for proposals to develop a detailed project proposal will be issued in the coming weeks. The work will include programming and curatorial development, development of costing, and planning of public space requirements through public consultation. The proposal, which is expected to be completed this fall, will be used to inform next steps and final decisions. “This co-location is a great opportunity for NSCAD to build on its reputation as one of Canada’s leading universities in art and design,” said Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “An enhanced partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will create a unique hub for creative innovation that will be a magnet for students and faculty from across Canada and globally.” In 2016, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia hired Lord Cultural Resources to develop a feasibility study for a new provincial art gallery. The study looked at the benefits of co-locating a new provincial art gallery with NSCAD. The Lord Report can be found at https://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/about/corporate-information .
Birmingham: The idea to partner with International Cricket Council (ICC) as the official sponsor of the 12th Cricket World Cup 2019 has been a phenomenal decision, a top executive of Internet names and registrations management major GoDaddy Inc has said. The web-hosting provider has on-ground presence that includes the perimeter of the ground, side-screen and LEDs at the stadiums under the partnership. According to Nikhil Arora, Managing Director and Vice-President, GoDaddy India, cricket is a favourite sport which is viewed in every nook and corner of the country. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “Sports as a platform has been a great avenue for us to connect with the masses. The presence of brand visibility to 750 million fans in India and beyond at the ICC World Cup has been a great experience so far,” Arora told IANS. “In smaller towns, everyone is watching cricket on smartphones. Our organic reach has been phenomenal, especially the India-Pakistan game that happened to be a great experience for us,” Arora added. This is the company’s first sponsorship deal with the global sports event. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “It’s one of the largest for us. We have done sponsorship deals before with American auto-car racing company Nascar and other deals in badminton, table tennis and soccer. But the ICC one is first of its scale. “Two-thirds of the world, including India, watch cricket and through this collaboration, we are receiving a huge visibility,” Arora noted. GoDaddy, which started its operations in India in 2012, offers an integrated suite of products for small business owners and entrepreneurs that range from domain names, hosting, website building, email marketing, security and e-commerce. “Our goal is to give the tools and services and use sports more as a marketing and connectivity tool while we keep enabling sports platforms,” said the executive. GoDaddy has signed MS Dhoni who portrays a supreme mentor and guide as the “Bijness Bhai” (business mentor) for the small and medium businesses in the country. The company’s new Internet solution for small business owners and entrepreneurs called “Online Starter Bundle”, comes with a choice of domain extensions between .in and co.in for businesses. “It’s been a good start. What we realise is that people buy domains but they never get activated. The ‘Online Starter Bundle’ solution promises a seamless experience across phone and desktop offers a starter one-page website, along with an email account, enabling people to easily bring their ventures online,” explained Arora. “Our aim is to help ensure more online adoption among Indian businesses, by giving them easy-to-use and affordable products to turn their dreams into reality online,” he added.