Congress Program

2012 Arts Congress: Matters of Engagement

Friday, May 4th

The Artesian ~ 2627 13th Avenue (Angus & 13th Ave), Regina

11:00 a.m. Registration, Coffee & Networking
Congress packages will be available for registrants. Pre-registration is preferred, but registration is possible at the door.

11:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
Terry Fenton, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance President, opens the 2012 Congress.

12 noon ~ Catered Buffet Luncheon

12:45 p.m. Stories from the Art
Artists tell the stories of their lives and work.

1:15 p.m. Keynote Address: Margie Gillis
As choreographer and performer of more than one hundred solo dance works, Margie Gillis has been a Member of the Order of Canada since 1988. During the 2008-2009 season, the 35th anniversary of Margie Gillis’ career, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded her the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, and the famous Stella Adler Studio of New York gave her their first MAD Spirit Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Actions by an Artist. In May 2011, she received the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Foundation.

2:00 p.m. The Felt Experience Panellists discuss public engagement in the arts while considering issues of arts literacy, currency and public value.

3:00 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Stories from the Art
Artists tell the stories of their lives and work.

4:00 p.m. Report on Arts Literacy Consultation

4:30 p.m. Beyond Six Decades: Serving Saskatchewan’s Arts Community.
Executive Director David Kyle and Chair Byrna Barclay discuss the future plans of the Arts Board, based on the agency’s strong foundation of 64 years serving artists, organizations and communities, and its new forward-looking Strategic Plan.

5:00 p.m. Break for Dinner
Delegates are on their own for dinner.

7:30 p.m. Poet Laureate Don Kerr
Saskatchewan Poet Laureate, Don Kerr will read from his work.

8:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Robert Enright
Telling the Laity of Our Love: Current Engagements in the Literacy of Art
One of Canada's most prominent cultural journalists, Robert Enright was the founder and is currently the Senior Contributing Editor to Border Crossings magazine. He has received 14 nominations at the National and Western Magazine Awards, winning four gold and two silver medals. An art critic for CBC radio and television for 25 years, Enright also contributes regularly to the Globe & Mail, and to a number of international art magazines, including ArtReview, Modern Painters, ARTnews and Contemporary. In 2005 Professor Enright was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Reception to follow
Stay to mingle with your colleagues while listening to the sounds of live music. A cash bar and appetizers will be available.

Saturday, May 5th

The Artesian ~ 2627 13th Avenue (Angus & 13th Ave), Regina

8:30 a.m. Coffee with the SAA Board of Directors
Got ideas? The SAA Board seeks input from Congress participants on future plans.

9:30 a.m. Stories from the Art
Artists tell the stories of their lives and work.

9:45a.m. Hot Topics
Jayden Pfeifer (Red Hot Riot) moderates debates on current and possibly controversial topics.

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Stories from the Art
Artists tell the stories of their lives and work.

11:15 – 12:00 Community Consultation with SaskCulture
President Reggie Newkirk and General Manager Rose Gilks discuss SaskCulture’s plans.

12:00 noon ~ Catered Buffet Luncheon

Luncheon Speaker: Neal McLeod
A multimedia artist, Neal McLeod is a painter, poet, academic, filmmaker, and writer. In 2006, his book of poetry Songs to Kill a Wîhtikow, won the Anskohk Aboriginal Festival Literature Award for Poetry Book of the Year. He published Cree Narrative Memory: From Treaties to Contemporary Times in 2007, and the following year published his second book of poetry, Gabriel's Beach. McLeod has exhibited his paintings throughout Canada. In 2007 McLeod's paintings were included in the exhibition In My Lifetime: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, at the Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec. He is currently editing a volume entitled Indigenous Poetics and working on several other books.

1:30 p.m. Stories from the Art
Artists tell the stories of their lives and work.

2:00 p.m. Conversations of Valuing of the Arts in the Community: Dr. Vianne Timmons
Dr. Timmons, President of the University of Regina, converses with Robert Enright, prominent cultural journalist, about the valuing of the arts at the post-secondary level.

3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

3:45 p.m. Final Farewell

Program is subject to Change

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