Adam Martin, Executive Director Sâkêwêwak, bravely answered SAA’s question “How is the World Different because your organization exists?” He noted:
- Opportunity to Indigenous artists
- Gallery/workshop space
- Helps partners ensure inclusion of Indigenous artists in a variety of programs
- Advocacy for indigenous arts issues
We are a multidisciplinary organization
Our annual storytellers Festival began in 2000.
- It’s every February
- Highlights traditional and contemporary Indigenous arts.
- Storytellers 2015 featured over 40 indigenous artists in 11 events over 6 days.
- Approximately 700 people attended, all events were free and open to the public.
Saskatchewan is becoming a place for indigenous artists to meet and discuss theory, issues and best practices in Indigenous arts presentation. Sâkêwêwak has supported their efforts, i.e.:
- Stronger Than Stone (2014);
- Tribes 20th Anniversary & Symposium (2015);
- Moving Foreward, Never Fogetting (2015);
- CARFAC Aboriginal Artists Symposium (2014);
- Sâkêwêwak’s Indigenous Artists’ Symposium: Education & Activism Through the Arts (Feb. 2016).