On Boredom; reflections on isolation and creativity

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On Boredom; reflections on isolation and creativity.  Edith Skeard “I am alone, so I dream of the being who has cured my solitude, who would be cured by solitudes.” ― Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Reverie The long hours…

Hybrid Identity: Toward an Unknown

Hybrid Identity: Toward an Unknown Written by Mohadese Movahed On a cold evening in mid-February on the streets of Regina, a memory of Persian gardens came flooding back to me as I was walking on snow and trying to stay upright to avoid…

Investing in the Arts: Process over Production

Investing in the Arts: Process over Production Written by Carla Harris Over the last 10 years, I have noticed real progress being made to diversify the artists who receive funding in Saskatchewan. However, new artists need more than just an…

Circling Back

Circling Back by Em Ironstar Almost five years exactly before I started as Executive Director at the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (SAA), in 2016, I wrote an op-ed for the SAA about the importance of scalable, responsive funding for emerging arts…
Spark Centre in Weyburn

Integration: Credit Union Spark Centre

Integration: Credit Union Spark Centre Regan Lanning, Curator for the City of Weyburn writes about their innovative Spark Centre where they believe believe that by integrating the two we are doubling our reach, creating opportunities for…
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Personal Essay on being a Disabled Artist by John Loeppky

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Personal Essay on being a Disabled Artist by John Loeppky Working as an emerging disabled artist in Saskatchewan gave me a nervous breakdown. I have cerebral palsy (CP), but it is safe to say I have never been in the business of collecting…

The Psychology of Creativity: How the Arts Benefit Mental Health

Read Graham Wall's Op-ed as he explores three benefits that artistic activity has for mental health: concentration, self-expression, and socialization.Read the full article here.Graham Wall is a musician, writer, and editor based in Saskatoon.…

4 Simple Lessons Artists Can Learn from Software Engineering by Josh Gonzales

The principles outlined in this article can be adopted to fit whatever needs you have. These aren’t all the lessons you can learn from software engineering, but they are a good starting point. What matters is that you figure out ways for you…

Publishing in a Pandemic by MacKenzie Hamon

If we are reimagining this world, we can not only reach our readers where they are, but we can reimagine a system where we can offer not just financial support, but mental health support, and where we can afford to pay writers and staff a fair…

Shaping the Stage by Kelsey Culbert

Participation in theatre has allowed me to see that my body is capable, that my mind is able to quiet itself, and that people believe in me. We aren’t people just going on stage and saying, “Look at me, I’m disabled!” We are sending…

Some Thoughts on Reconciliation and Canada 150 by Michel Boutin

I’d like you to look at your feet. What are they touching? Is it earth, maybe wood? Most likely it is some form of laminate, polyester carpeting or concrete. How far do you actually have to go to touch the ground?For Indigenous people land…

Worth More Than the Minimum

I am often reminded of how fortunate Canadian artists are to labour under our status quo; that is, a national fee schedule that articulates appropriate payment standards. In other national contexts, artists aren’t protected by a framework…

Learning Inside-Out by Krista Solheim

I am a dancer, choreographer, body worker and teacher.  I am inspired by the uniqueness of how a single body moves through this world, the literal container for all that an individual has collected and accumulated over time, the physical and…

The Flare Stack and the Dragon

I moved to Kyoto from Regina to take care of my spiritual and psychological health while broadening my knowledge of Japanese culture and history. As someone who tries to make poems, I also wanted to expand the creative potential of my art. And…

The Creative Power of Photographic Art: Finding My Passion

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Art is the most valued thing in the world...it is the expression of the highest form of human energy, the creative power nearest to the divine. The power is within - the question is how to reach it. Arthur Wesley Dow It’s the creative…

Guaranteed Annual Income for Artists? For All?

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Guaranteed Annual Income for Artists and Writers? For All? (Note: the term Artist includes Writer in this article. In most legislation. Writers, though, do not always recognize themselves as Artists. So for you writers out there, you are…

Getting Paid for Your Art: The Challenges (and Rewards) of Creating Art Across Disciplines, Media, and Technology

If you get paid to do something, you’re a professional.   ‚ÄãIt sounds like the punchline to a dirty joke or something scrolled across a bad motivational poster. But it’s also a discussion point when it comes to art. Where…

What you‚ are erasing when you‚ are appropriating: A personal narrative

It wasn’t until my early twenties that I was able to take pride in my Indigenous ancestry. This was no fault of my hard-working mother, who for the most part, raised us during her resilient pursuit of post-secondary education. A product of…