SAA Bulletin – January 2018 – Leadership Candidates, Free Workshops & more


January 2018

In this issue:

  • SAA Asks the Candidates…
  • 2018 Arts Congress – Save the Date
  • Art Works – Featuring the SSO
  • Free Beautiful Trouble Workshop – Creative Activism for Artists
  • SAA Research Paper – When Artists Go to School
  • Things We’ve Been Reading…
  • FCC Regina Spirit Fund 
  • Canada Council for the Arts Annual Public Meeting
  • Heritage Week
  • Family Literacy Day
  • Queen City Rocks Competition
  • SaskMusic Welcomes New Program Coordinator
  • Creative Music Production Residencies Available
  • 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Call for Entries
  • OSAC Job Posting: Visual and Media Arts Assistant 
  • SAA Board of Directors

SAA Asks the Candidates…

The Saskatchewan Party will pick a new leader, and the province’s new premier, on January 27th. The New Democratic Party chooses their leader on March 3rd. Do you want to know what leadership candidates for both parties think about supporting arts and artists in our province?  So did we, so SAA asked the candidates the following questions.  If you are elected leader of (your party), what actions will you take to ensure that: 

  • the arts sector continues to grow, providing opportunities for artists throughout the province?
  • all children in Saskatchewan have access to excellent arts education?

See the candidates’ responses posted on the SAA website.

2018 SAA Arts Congress – Save the Date

May 4th & 5thin Saskatoon

Planning is underway for the 2018 Arts Congress: Making Art in Dangerous Times. Save the date for this biennial event that brings together the provincial arts community to share ideas and to celebrate the arts.

Art Works – Featuring the SSO

This month in our Art Works series SAA highlights the positive impact the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra is making in its community. Dave Margoshes interviewed SSO executive director Mark Turner about some of the symphony’s exciting initiatives and you can read what Mark had to say on the SAA website.

Beautiful Trouble Workshop – Creative Activism for Artists

February 2nd, 1-5 pm in Saskatoon at AKA Artist-Run, 424 20th Street West

February 5th, 1-5 pm in Regina at Art Gallery of Regina, 2420 Elphinstone Street

Register now for a free workshop presented by the SAA and Common Weal Community Arts and led by Beautiful Trouble Training Director Nadine Bloch. Creative Activism for Artists is an outstanding opportunity for artists and arts professionals to learn more about what advocacy is and how to apply it. The four-hour workshop will explore:

  • roles of artists and cultural workers within campaigns and movements
  • advocacy strategies and best practices
  • resiliency and sustainability while campaigning
  • tools and tips for effective arts action and action planning

Creative Activism for Artists is limited to 25 participants per workshop. Register with SAA by calling 306-780-9824 or email to

SAA Research PaperWhen Artists Go to School

Dianne Warren’s new research paper, When Artists Go to School: Effective Teacher-Artist Partnerships in K-12 Schools, is now available on the SAA website.

Things We’ve Been Reading…

Here at the SAA a lot of interesting information crosses our desks and we think you might like to see some of it.  For example, in the article 13 Artists Give Advice to Their Younger Selves on from December 21, 2017, writer Alexxa Gotthardt asks: “Have you ever wanted the chance to give advice to your younger self? Maybe you needed a kick in the pants at age 17, words of encouragement at 20, or just a little guidance at 31?”  Gotthardt compiled 13 artists’ responses to a simple question: “What wisdom would you offer your younger self?”

FCC Regina Spirit Fund

Applications open from January 17th to February 14th

Do you have a project in Regina that needs a financial boost? The FCC Regina Spirit Fund supports community enhancement projects by charitable and non-profit organizations. Capital investment and capital improvement projects are eligible for up to $25,000 in funding. All other eligible projects can receive up to $10,000. For more information go to FCC Regina Spirit Fund online.

Canada Council for the Arts Annual Public Meeting (APM)

January 23rd at 3 pm in Ottawa – Livestream the event

Chair, Pierre Lassonde, and Director and CEO, Simon Brault, will present highlights from 2017, as well as the Council’s vision for 2018. This is also your chance to ask questions in advance, or during the meeting, by email at, or via social media, tweet @canadacouncil.

Heritage Week runs February 19th to 23rd

On February 21st Heritage Saskatchewan is offering the workshop Introduction to Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) led by Kristin Catherwood from 1pm to 4:30 pm at the Parktown in Saskatoon. Registration is required. Heritage Week activities will also include a film screening, luncheon, reception, AGM and more. Please contact Heritage Saskatchewan for further information.

Family Literacy Day is January 27th

The theme for Family Literacy Day 2018 is Learn at Play, Every Day. You can find downloadable resources, including posters, bookmarks, activity sheets and an event coordinator’s guide at Register your event before January 17th to be entered in a draw for a chance to win a Family Literacy Day prize pack.

Queen City Rocks Competition

Application Deadline is February 2nd

Bands can apply free of charge to participate in Queen City Rocks 2018.  This ‘battle of the bands’ competition brings exposure to participants while also bringing the Regina music scene together. Five bands perform each night for twenty minutes before an adjudicating panel. The band scoring the highest points will advance to the Grand Finale on March 29th. More info at

New Program Coordinator at SaskMusic

On January 3rd SaskMusic welcomed Erica Maier as their new Program Coordinator. Erica will work out of the Saskatoon office and assist in the development and delivery of various programs.

Creative Music Production Residencies Available

Deadline for application is February 11th

The Centre d’Expérimentation Musicale (CEM) in Chicoutimi, Quebec is launching a new music production residency program, thanks to the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Saguenay Council for the Arts. In 2018, three residencies of two or three weeks will be granted. Along with musicians who are CEM members, guest artists will perform in front of an audience and multiple cameras to create a broadcast-quality recording that will be available on the web. More info at:

Call for Entries: 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Deadline is February 23rd

The 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards is an opportunity to receive greater recognition, monetary prizes, awards and exposure for your books. All indie book authors and publishers who have a book written in English, with a 2016, 2017 or 2018 copyright date, may enter at Over 70 monetary prizes, totaling more than $10,000 in cash, are available.

OSAC Visual and Media Arts Assistant

Deadline is January 29th  

The Visual & Media Arts Assistant is a part-time support person responsible for assisting the Visual & Media Arts Coordinator in the planning, implementation and administration of the Visual & Media Arts program, including Arts on the Move in conjunction with arts councils throughout Saskatchewan. Please submit cover letter and resume by 4:30 pm on Monday, January 29th by email to

SAA 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