SAA Bulletin – May 2012

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May 2012

In this issue…

  • 2012 Arts Congress: Matters of Engagement a Success
  • Government Presents Saskatchewan-Focused Creative Industries Plan
  • SMPIA Reacts to Government’s Creative Industries Plan
  • Call to Artists and Arts Writers: Mentor in Residence Program
  • Call For Submissions Notice – Actor – Globe Theatre – Regina, SK

2012 ARTS CONGRESS: MATTERS OF ENGAGEMENT A SUCCESS
With over one hundred people in attendance, the 2012 Arts Congress touched on current issues facing Saskatchewan’s arts community; these issues included arts literacy, currency, funding, and engagement.

Speakers at the Congress included Robert Enright, Margie Gillis, Neil McLeod, Dr. Vianne Timmons, SaskCulture’s Reggie Newkirk and Rose Gilks, as well as the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Byrna Barclay and David Kyle.

Moderator Jayden Pfeifer of Red Hot Riot asked Kelley Jo Burke and Poet Laureate Don Kerr the difficult question “if there are people who don’t have clean water, why are we funding the arts?” in a Hot Topics Debate. In The Felt Experience panel, moderator Dianne Warren discussed with panellists Heather Cline, Rachelle Viader Knowles and Paul Wilson matters of public engagement.

Artist stories were shared throughout the Congress including that of Director of the Dunlop Art Gallery Dr. Curtis Collins, visual artist John Hampton, musician Melanie Hankewich (Belle Plaine), dance artist Misty Wensel, visual and performance artist Adrian Stimson, and artist Sylvia Ziemann.

More details of the 2012 Arts Congress to follow shortly.

GOVERNMENT PRESENTS SASKATCHEWAN-FOCUSED CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PLAN
Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson announced on May 4th that the government has offered the film and creative industries a three-point plan for moving forward. For more details.

The plan includes:

  • a new Film/TV and Digital Tax Credit (FTDC) formula as proposed to government by the film and digital sector however provided as a non-refundable tax credit;
  • consultations for a strategy to encourage development and use of digital technology for all creative industries in the province; and
  • an idea to repurpose the Canada-Saskatchewan Production studio for those creative industries to use.

SMPIA REACTS TO GOVERNMENT’S CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PLAN In response to the Government’s Film/TV and Digital Tax Credit (FTDC), The Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA) expressed its concerns about how the Provincial Government’s new Saskatchewan-focussed Creative Industries Plan will be funded. For more details.

CALL TO ARTISTS AND ARTS WRITERS: MENTOR IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
CARFAC SASK is offering a new mentor in residence program in late June and early July of 2012. The program is an advanced mentorship opportunity for midcareer and established arts and arts writers, to provide them with private critical mentoring sessions, critiques and advice to support and strengthen their practice, through studio visits and office hours. Nancy Tousley will be the 2012 Mentor in Residence. For more information, please visit the CARFAC website.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS NOTICE – ACTOR – GLOBE THEATRE – REGINA, SK
The Globe Theatre is casting for the production Midsummer [a play with songs] by David Greig for the role of Bob, a 35 year old hapless, petty thug with a Scottish dialect and the ability to play the guitar and sing (Saskatchewan based performer of any ethnicity).

Date production rehearsal/job starts: 09/24/2012 | Deadline to submit: 05/15/2012

If you have any questions or would like to audition, please send questions, photos, and resumes to:
MICHAEL SCHOLAR, JR. |GLOBE THEATRE | 1801 Scarth St., Regina, SK, S4P 2G9 or email michaels@globetheatrelive.com