SAA Bulletin – May 2018


In this issue…


New legislative secretaries

Premier appoints Secretaries

Things We’ve Been Reading

Creative Sask- Grant opening dates

Queering the Queen City

Film Camp film pool


Art Bridges Awards

Copyright act review

SAA Board of Directors


SAA is taking part in a roundtable discussion at the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER)’s annual conference (part of Congress of the Humanities 2018).

This panel session discusses a case study of how a successful community-university research partnership, informed by an ecological approach, can enhance an understanding of the relationships, networks and systems of exchange that compose the social economy.

Chaired by SAA board member Mary Blackstone, the session will include: SAA Director Marnie Gladwell, Research Officer Ian McWilliams, Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research (SPAR) researcher Sam Hage, as well as Trifecta’s Joshua Gonzales and Marvin Chan.

New legislative secretaries 

Last week, Premier Scott Moe appointed 13 MLAs as legislative secretaries. Legislative secretaries are tasked with doing special work for and answering to provincial ministers. For example Eric Olauson has been appointed Legislative Secreatry to the Minister of Parks, Culture, and Sport.

Things We’ve Been Reading

While researching at the SAA, we discover a lot of interesting information and we like to share some of it with you. For example:

Arts Research Monitor: Economic Benefits of Culture Volume: 16 Issue: 10, 21 March 2018

“This special issue of the Arts Research Monitor provides a detailed examination of recent national, provincial, and territorial estimates of the direct economic and employment impacts of the arts, culture, and heritage, based on Statistics Canada’s Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2016.”

For Saskatchewan:

  • Culture Products’ direct economic impact estimated at $915 million 2016 (1.3% of provincial gross domestic product, or GDP).
  • Culture employment estimate = 12,900 in 2016 (2.2% of all jobs in the province).
  • Value added of culture products in Saskatchewan (1.3%) is below the national average (2.8%). Employment impact of same is also lower in Saskatchewan (2.2%) than nationally (3.5%).
  • SK culture products’ GDP grew by 17% from 2010 to 2016. Culture’s share of the provincial economy remained @ 1.3%.
  • SK culture industries direct contribution to GDP was $1.1 billion in 2016 (1.5% of provincial GDP).
  • 13,800 (2.3%) of SK’s jobs were directly related to culture industries in 2016.
  • SK GDP of culture industries ($1.1 billion) is similar to the impact of accommodation and food services ($1.3 billion).

If you have been tracking these numbers in previous years, they look different. If you would like to know why, see:

SAA Research Memo: Statistics Canada’s Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators (PTCI), 2016 (estimates) and revisions to PTCI, 2010-2014. It provides some Saskatchewan-specific information from Statistics Canada’s 2015-16 Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators (PTCI) as well as an overview of Statistics Canada’s revision of the 2010 to 2014 provincial and territorial culture indicators.

Pay-What-You-Want in Cultural Institutions: Top Managerial Tips By Anna Kukla-Gryz, Katarzyna Zagórska and Peter Szewczyk

Some of the research/science into Pay What You Want (PWYW) and cultural institutions. Authors’ summarize some of their work: “Our research on PWYW for cultural goods has shown us clear ways the payment scheme could be best implemented.” At:

Creative Saskatchewan – Grants open

Creative Saskatchewan is pleased to announce details of its 2018-19 suite of grant programs. For more information visit

Queering the Queen City

Take an audio walking tour of queer history and contemporary issues in downtown Regina. As you walk through the streets of downtown Regina, you’ll learn about the history of the city’s pride parade, the important role of gay bars in Canada, the provocative Queer City Cinema and Performatorium festival, gender policing at barbershops, and more. This audio walking tour can be taken anytime at your own leisure!

To access the tour, download the izi.TRAVEL app onto your smartphone (available in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play). Next, open the app, search for “Queering the Queen City,” put on some headphones and press play. LINK

FILM POOL – Film Camp 

July 9th to 13th

For students ages 13-17 interested in film and storytelling.  This week long intensive camp takes teen students through the production process of creating a narrative short film. Classes focus on fundamentals of visual storytelling and creativity. This approach welcomes students of varied experience and skill with media arts.

In just one week young filmmakers learn how to create stories visually, using a variety of film and video equipment. Participants shoot and edit all week long; trying out different crew positions and working together to create a bunch of amazing short films. At the end of the week the students invite family and friends to their cinematic debut on the big screen.  For more information: LINK


Wapikoni Mobile is back on the road rolling towards Indigenous Communities. Founded by the Atikamekw Nation Council, the First Nations Youth Council of Quebec and Labrador and filmmaker Manon Barbeau, Wapikoni Mobile is a travelling audiovisual and musical creation studio dedicated to Indigenous youth. Since 2004, Wapikoni has visited 25 nations and accompanied over 5,000 participants who worked to direct more than 1,000 short films translated into several languages. These films have received 160 awards and honours at national and international festivals. Wapikoni Mobile has been an official UNESCO partner since 2017.

The 2018 tour will be coming through Clearwater River and Pelican Narrows in Saskatchewan, but stay up to date with their online calendar to know the dates and locations of all the workshops: LINK

Art Bridges Awards

Deadline for nominations: June 18, 2018

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is now collecting nominations for the 4th Annual Recognition Awards for community-engaged arts initiatives, community partners and ArtBridges’ Member initiatives.

The three categories are: 1) Innovation, 2) Resiliency, and 3) Creativity

You are eligible to nominate your community-engaged arts initiative that you are involved with or another that you think highly of. To be considered, please fill out the attached one-page nomination form and submit it back to ArtBridges.

Copyright Act Review

The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (the Committee) adopted a work plan under which it will conduct a statutorily mandated review of the Copyright Act. The Committee will hear testimony and also travel across Canada in May to provide Canadians more opportunities to express their views on copyright.The Committee invites Canadians to submit written briefs not exceeding 2,000 words. Briefs may be sent to: For more information on how to prepare a submission, please consult the Guide for Submitting Briefs to House of Commons Committees.

SAA Board of Directors 

Kathryn Ricketts– President

James Hodges – Vice President

Risa Payant – Treasurer

Daniel Parr – Secretary

Kelley Jo Burke – Past President

Mary Blackstone – 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. Formally established in 1986, SAA advocates on issues such as public funding of the arts, freedom of expression and artists’ working conditions.