SAA Bulletin – November 2017 – Launching Art Works Stories


November 2017

In this issue…

  • Art Works – Station Arts Centre
  • We’ve been reading…
  • New people at SAA
  • CIF Call for Adjudicators
  • CIF Grant Program Deadline
  • Congratulations to 4th Annual SIFA Winners
  • Call for Applicants – U of A Drama Chair
  • One Book, One Province
  • SAA Board of Directors

Art Works – Station Arts Centre

SAA is launching a new series promoting our members. Each month SAA will publish an article highlighting an arts organization making a positive impact in its community. This first piece, written by Dave Margoshes, features the Rosthern Station Arts Centre. 

We’ve been reading…

  • The web article Arts Careers by Createquity.  Createquity is a think tank and online publication “on a long-term mission to help make the world a better place by better understanding the arts”. This article addresses how economic advantage or disadvantage may alter opportunities to enter and thrive in artistic professions. Does financial status influence choice of educational majors? Is it easier to be a ‘starving artist’ if you have wealthy parents who might support you? How does secondary income, such as spousal income, effect career choices? A resource list of related articles is included.
  • Released in 2014, Understanding the Value and Impacts of Cultural Experiences, a Literature Review was prepared by John D. Carnwath and Alan S. Brown for Arts Council England to gain a better understanding of the ways arts and culture enrich lives. It may be of interest to funding agencies, policymakers and researchers as this quote from the introduction indicates:  “Over the past three decades public arts funders have increasingly come under pressure to report on and justify their spending on arts and culture. Complying with these demands has been quite challenging, since many of the outcomes of cultural funding are not immediately measurable or easily summarised in a tidy statistic like the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

New people at SAA

SAA has contracted two people on a part-time basis until May 31, 2018. In Regina, Donna Boyle has been hired as a Communications Officer, covering the remainder of Jessica Riess’ leave. Tarin Dehod will coordinate the 2018 Arts Congress from Saskatoon. Tarin will work closely with the Arts Congress Organizing Committee and SAA staff to prepare this major biennial event which will be held at The Refinery in Saskatoon.

CIF Call for Adjudicators

Deadline: December 1, 2017

The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is inviting applications from Saskatchewan individuals who are interested in serving on Adjudication Committees which will be responsible for reviewing applications to the Community Grant Program and making grant recommendations to the CIF board of directors.

CIF Grant Program Deadline

Deadline: February 1, 2018

CIF Community Summer Grants support activities for children and youth between May 1 and August 31. The types of projects typically supported include summer camps and day programming that offer positive arts, culture, recreation, and other learning opportunities.  

Congrats to 4th Annual SIFA Winners

SAA congratulates the winners of the Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA) which were presented by the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative on November 17th at the Artesian in Regina to the following:

Best Short Film – Gas Can, Mattias Graham

Best Student Film – Separate Beds, Layton Burton

Best Feature Film – Talent, Lucas Frison

Technical Achievement – Travis Neufeld, Production Design, The Tinwife

Best Acting – Mark Claxton, Doktor Ripp

Audience Choice – Gas Can, Mattias Graham

Call for Applicants: U of A Drama Chair

Deadline: December 31

The Department of Drama, within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, invites applications for the tenured position of Department Chair at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. 

One Book, One Province

Saskatchewan Libraries Association (SLA) invites cultural organizations to participate in its second One Book, One Province project scheduled for March 2018. Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens, a best-seller written by Amy Jo Ehman and published by MacIntyre Purcell, is the 2018 selection. One Book, One Province supports and promotes literacy, reading, and libraries. 

Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Board of Directors

Kathryn Ricketts – President

James Hodges – Vice President

Rob Bos – Secretary

Risa Payant – Treasurer

Kelley Jo Burke – Past President

Mary Blackstone – Member at Large

Daniel Parr – Member at Large

Karen Reynaud – 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.