In this issue…
2014 SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
On October 22, Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield delivered the 2014 Speech from the Throne. In it she mentioned the recently signed five-year lottery agreement, which supports 12,000 non-profit sport, culture and recreational organizations.
The Lieutenant Governor also noted that Creative Saskatchewan is now fully operational and has provided $7.7 million to support the marketing and development of all creative industries in the province. This includes $3.4 million distributed to the film industry, $2 million to the music industry, $1.1 million to the visual arts sector and $800,000 to the publishing industry. The full 2014 Speech from the Throne can be viewed here.
SAA ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (SAA) is pleased to introduce its 2014/2015 Board of Directors. Kelley Jo Burke, an award-winning playwright, director, storyteller, CBC documentarian and broadcaster, is elected to the position of President.
Directors newly elected to the Board are Tarin Hughes, educator, community curator, and Executive Director of AKA Artist-Run; and Heather Ritenburg, choreographer, performer, and educator. Pamela Haig Bartley, actor, director and professor at the University of Saskatchewan will remain on the Board as Past President. Also remaining on the Board are professional musician Shelley Ewing; Marcus Miller, curator, writer and Director of the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery; and Yvette Nolan, playwright, dramaturge and director.
SAA PARTNERS WITH PAVED ARTS AND SASKATCHEWAN WRITERS’ GUILD
In partnership with Paved Arts and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, the SAA presented two Manifesto workshops for Culture Days. The workshops were held on September 27th in both Saskatoon and Regina. The Saskatoon workshop was facilitated by Madeleine Blais Dahlem and in Regina byBrenda Niskala. The workshop gathered a group of individuals to explore some examples from history, discuss the concepts of advocacy and intentionality, and create and share their own manifesti.
SPAR CONTRIBUTES TO REGINA VITAL SIGNS REPORT
This fall, the Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research (SPAR) was happy to contribute to Regina Vital Signs – the first annual community check-up report prepared by the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation. Vital Signs provides a snapshot of the quality of life in Regina, through an in-depth look at statistics and facts gathered from national and local resources. Vital Signs is a national initiative organized each year by Community Foundations of Canada. To view the report.
SAA CONGRATULATES MAYOR’S ARTS + BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS
The Saskatchewan Arts Alliance congratulates the winners of the 2014 Mayor’s Arts + Business Award winners. A list of the winners can be found on the City of Regina website.
NEW REPORT EXAMINES THE NUMBER AND SITUATION OF ARTISTS IN CANADA
A Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada was released on October 7. The profile is based on the 2011 National Household Survey and the Labour Force Survey. The profile offers information such as the number of artists represents 0.78% of the overall Canadian labour force. One in every 129 Canadian workers is an artist. To view the full report visit the websites of Hill Strategies Research, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.
WALLACE FOUNDATION: $40 MILLION TO HELP ARTS ORGANIZATIONS THRIVE
This may interest members: The Wallace Foundation released The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences, which identifies and explains nine actions that arts organizations can take to increase the chances they will succeed in engaging audiences.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: PERFORMING ARTS JAPAN 2015-2016
The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year. The PAJ program supports the initiatives taken by non-profit organizations in the United States and Canada to provide geographically diverse audiences with greater exposure to Japanese performing arts and encourages collaborations between Japanese and American/Canadian artists. To find out more, visit the PAJ website.
CHECK OUT THE ONLINE RESOURCE: ARTS HEALTH NETWORK CANADA
Check out Canada’s primary arts and health knowledge sharing, networking and capacity building hub. The Arts Health Network helps to promote and facilitate the development and growth of arts and health initiatives across Canada.
MACKENZIE ART GALLERY SEEKS ASSISTANT GALLERY PREPARATOR
The Mackenzie Art Gallery is seeking an Assistant Gallery Preparator, deadline October 27th. For more information, please visit the gallery website.
2014 SASKATCHEWAN ARTS ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kelley Jo Burke – President
Pamela Haig-Bartley – Past President
Marcus Miller – Vice President
Yvette Nolan – Treasurer
Shelley Ewing – Secretary
Tarin Hughes – Member at Large
Heather Ritenburg – 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.