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Jim Blake

Staff - Curator

Jim was involved in the original development of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest and has served as its Curator since it opened in 2001. He studied fine art at University of Guelph, York University and the New School of Art, and exhibited his work as a visual artist in the 1970’s and 80’s. Jim is also a writer and storyteller and has performed at festivals and venues across Canada. 

In 2002, under the umbrella of the Haliburton County Development Corporation, Jim undertook the responsibility to work with artists and the arts, culture and heritage organizations in the region to form the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands. He served as the Arts Council Co-ordinator until 2008.

In addition to his role as the Sculpture Forest Curator, Jim works as a facilitator, consultant, project manager and educator. Since 2002 he has worked with the Haliburton County Development Corporation as their Community Economic Development Consultant. In this role he works with the not-for-profit sector, businesses, business associations, municipalities and other levels of government to facilitate community economic development. 

Jim serves as the president of the Haliburton County Community Co-operative which provides support for a wide range of community initiatives in the areas of the arts, heritage, active living and community-based research. 

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