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MawiomiArts, culture and heritage are important to Amherst’s economy and quality of life. We are lucky to host a variety of engaging events throughout the year.

For more information on Arts, Culture, and other events taking place in Amherst, please visit our Community Events Calendar.

African Heritage Month, 2024

The Town of Amherst recognizes February as African Heritage Month every year, and the provincial theme for 2024 was Our Smiles, Our Joy, Our Resilience as African Nova Scotians. This is an important time to celebrate our region’s Black history and the rich culture and contributions of Black Nova Scotians and people of African descent.

Have a look at events from African Heritage Month 2022.

Our  pdf Arts, Culture & Heritage Strategy (530 KB) outlines several outcomes that we work toward in partnership with community organizations:

  • A vibrant and diversified economy.
  • An interesting and active downtown.
  • An increase in visitors and tourists to Amherst.
  • A town attractive to new residents and exciting for all residents.
  • A business sector connected to and supportive of arts, culture and heritage.
  • Many volunteers engaged in the delivery of arts, culture and heritage.
  • Opportunities for personal growth and development.
  • Wide appreciation of the contribution arts, culture and heritage make to the wellbeing of the Town.
  • Development of authentically “Amherst” arts, culture and heritage.
  • Preservation and celebration of Amherst’s built and cultural heritage.