David Woods is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer and performer. He was the organizing founder of Black Artists Network of NS (BANNS) in 1992 and also founded or co-founded several other African Nova Scotian arts organizations including African Nova Scotian Quilters Association, Cultural Awareness Youth Group, New Brunswick Black Artists Alliance, North Preston Cultural Association, Preston Cultural Festival, Vale Quilters Association, Voices Black Theatre Ensemble and Voices Storytellers. He has curated acclaimed exhibitions of African Nova Scotian art and quilts including In This Place and The Secret Codes. He was the first person of African descent to serve as a curator at a provincial art museum (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 2006-2007). His paintings have appeared in exhibitions across Canada and grace the covers of several award winning CD’s and literary publications. He is the winner of major prizes for his art, poetry and drama and was awarded the prestigious Harry Jerome Award (2016) for his contributions to the arts in Canada.