Alistair Cusack – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Alistair Cusack

Al Cusack (he/they) has lived across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in the unceded territories of the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, and Peskotomuhkati nations. After growing up visiting family in Unama’ki – Cape Breton during holidays, Al moved to the island himself in the summer of 2023 to join the team at the Centre as the Sustainable Craft Coordinator.

Al graduated with a BA in Sociology and Human Rights from St. Thomas University in 2020. During his time in Fredericton, Al was actively involved in the indie arts scene as both an artist and organizer. He has travelled coast-to-coast leading workshops on creative writing and zine making. His most rewarding experiences have been creating spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth to express themselves and share their experiences.

When it comes to his own creative practice, Al considers himself a jack of all trades, with a lifelong love of learning and an overflowing home art station. Some media he’s dabbled in include acrylic markers, felting, and jewelry making. Mixed media projects will always be his favourites.