SAA Bulletin – July 2017


In this issue…

  • Summer Hours
  • SAA’s Community Forum and Annual General Meeting
  • Teaser!
  • 2018 Arts Congress – Save the Date
  • Things We’ve Been Reading
  • Canadian Network for Arts & Learning Conference
  • Artists of Abilities Festival Call
  • Saskatchewan Filmpool Call
  • 2017 Creative City Summit
  • SAA Board of Directors

Summer Hours

The SAA office will be closed July 17 to 21 while staff is on holidays.

SAA’s Community Forum and Annual General Meeting

September 23, 2017 | 11:00 am | The Refinery | 609 Dufferin Avenue | Saskatoon

Plan to attend our Community Forum and Annual General Meeting, to be held on Saturday, September 23 at the Refinery in Saskatoon. The Board of Directors needs your help in shaping our future initiatives. All colleagues, friends, board members, artists and administrators are welcome and encouraged to attend. Plus it’s great for networking with colleagues you may not see every day.

Please take note: If you or someone you know is interested in sitting on the board of directors, please forward their names to the Nominations Committee at, or call the office: 306-780-9820.

The Forum will be followed by a catered lunch and annual general meeting. To help us plan for catering, please RSVP to or 306-780-9820.


The board of directors is planning a special event the evening before the Forum and AGM (Sept. 23rd) – watch for upcoming details.

2018 Arts Congress – Save the Date

May 11th and 12th, 2018 | The Refinery | 609 Dufferin Avenue | Saskatoon

Planning is underway for the 2018 Arts Congress. Save the dates as this biennial event is one you won’t want to miss – it brings together the provincial arts community in celebrating, sharing of ideas.

SAA’s at Word on the Street Saskatoon Festival

September 24th, 2017 | Broadway Avenue | Saskatoon

Stop by SAA’s booth at Word on the Street Festival to say hello. We’ll be there all day talking to people about the importance of the arts and artists to our province.

Things We’ve Been Reading

Here at the SAA a lot of information crosses our desks, both scholarly and of general interest. We think you might be interested in some of the articles, so are providing you with a link and short annotation.

“We must, if we are to succeed economically and thrive socially, ground a quality education in both creativity as practice and culture as knowledge. At the heart of this unity are the arts – arts which inspire and then create our desired end of the creative society. Otherwise, at best, we will be imitative and therefore second rate (preface).”

  • Counting culture to death: An Australian perspective on culture counts and quality metrics by Robert Phiddian, Julian Meyrick, Tully Barnett, and Richard Maltby.As “Metrics-based approaches to understanding the value of culture” are spreading in use, this article reminds that, “Cultural policy-makers across international domains need a more robust appreciation of the limits of metrics. Statistical data, well channelled, may provide useful ancillary information. But, where questions of value are concerned, it cannot replace critical judgment” (Source: Article Abstract).

We’d also like to know about anything interesting you’ve read so drop us a line.

Canadian Network for Arts & Learning Conference

October 18 – 20 | Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health | Ottawa

The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning (Le Réseau canadien pour les arts et l’apprentissage) National Conference Celebrating Canadian Diversity, October 18-20, 2017, will be held in Ottawa at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. Be inspired by artists, teachers, performers, scholars, researchers and celebrities such as Susan Aglukark, Sandra Laronde and Ottawa’s Poet Laureate Jamaal Rogers. Participants will have the rare opportunity to discuss key issues and help strengthen and build connections in Canada’s arts and learning sector through the Network’s partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Eduarts mapping project and much more. Early bird pricing ends August 18th. Register Today

Artists of Abilities Festival Call

Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan, with support from the Canada 150 Fund, City of Saskatoon, and Community Initiatives Fund, is hosting a three-day Artists of Abilities Festival in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Artists with disability can showcase their work and engage with the provincial arts community. The festival will include performances, exhibits, workshops and panel discussions and aims to raise the profile of disability arts in our province. Submissions of works in all media are now being accepted for the Saskatchewan Artists of Ability Festival on October 19-21, 2017 in Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon. Artist fees will be paid to those whose work is included in the festival. Registration & submission guidelines can be found here.

Saskatchewan Filmpool Call

To mark the Saskatchewan Filmpool’s 40th Anniversary, Splice magazine is putting together a list of locations across the province (besides Saskatoon and Regina) where people have made and/or shot films. From Abernathy to Zehner, the Filmpool want to hear about your shooting locations both near and far! Send a brief note with your film’s location along with a brief (50 word) synopsis, and they’ll include it in the upcoming special 40th Anniversary edition of Splice! Email

2017 Creative City Summit

October 18 – 20 | Halifax 

Registration for the 2017 Creative City Summit – Views from the Edge: Periphery, Perspective and the Contemporary City – in Halifax is available on Eventbrite. The early-bird deadline is July 31st. The conference schedule can be seen here.

Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Board of Directors

Kelley Jo Burke – President

Marcus Miller – Vice President

Yvette Nolan – Treasurer

James Hodges – Member at Large

Kaelen Klypak – Member at Large

Dr. Kathryn Ricketts – Member at Large

Leesa Streifler – Member at Large

The Saskatchewan Arts Alliance is a non-profit coalition of arts organizations that provides a collective voice for the arts in Saskatchewan. Established in 1984, SAA advocates on issues such as public funding of the arts, freedom of expression and artists’ working conditions.