SAA Bulletin – October 2015


In this issue…

Show your love for the arts + Win!

Arts Platforms of Federal Election: Vote October 19th

Music Teacher Responds to Last Month’s OP-ED

Arts Credits for High School Students

Arts Board hiring Program Consultant – Aboriginal Arts and Community Engagement

Submissions Requested for Second Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA)

Professional Development: How to get your book reviewed or featured in a story

Community Initiatives Fund: Call for Adjudication Committee Applications

Show your love for the arts + Win!

??Love taking pictures? Love the arts? Then join the I’m in the Arts Campaign! Share your images using #ArtsEverywhere on the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Facebook page, on Twitter, or email One lucky winner will win an Articulate Ink T-shirt Subscription! This one year subscription entitles the winner to four fabulous shirts and includes shipping costs within Canada. Deadline to submit is November 27, 2015.

Let’s show everyone that the arts are everywhere! For more information!

Arts Platforms of Federal Election: Vote October 19th

The Canadian Arts Coalition has contacted all the major parties running in the 2015 Federal Election with five important questions about the future of the arts in Canada. As of this posting, the Canadian Arts Coalition has received responses from the Green Party, the Liberal Party and the NDP. To view these questions and responses. As well, the SAA’s online Advocacy Hub is a dynamic, go-to page on all things arts advocacy. Check out the Hub’s Election ARTS and Curated Resources to find out more.

Music Teacher Responds to Last Month’s OP-ED

Last month’s Op-Ed on Hip-Hop in music education by Chris Merk explored the need for music education programs to include all forms of music present in contemporary society. Educator and professional musician Allen McWilliams responds with his own article Is Tradition Limiting Music Education? that draws upon his passion for music and his thirteen years of teaching music in the school system

Arts Credits for High School Students

For those of you who offer education programs to high school students, you might be interested to know that the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education has two ways in which students can get additional high school credits for learning that takes place outside of their regular school program: the Special Project Credit and the Dual Credit.

Dual Credit courses are programs – approved by the Ministry of Education – that allow high school students to take approved courses and earn high school credits. The credit is issued by the Ministry and another entity that provides educational programming which could be a post-secondary course or certificate issued by an organization that has a well-defined learning program but is not considered a post-secondary institution, such as the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Special Project Credits are given to high school students for out-of-school initiatives on the basis of a minimum of 100 hours of work proposed and completed by an individual student. The Ministry of Education will recognize up to 3 Special Project Credits per student. These credits require the student have a supervising teacher/principal with a teacher certificate number, however, the projects are not intended to be taught by that teacher. Students are involved in the selection, planning and organization of their own projects that typically take place outside of school. Dance Saskatchewan has developed a package to help students develop a Special Project Credit proposal which must be approved by the school principal prior to the student starting the project.

More information on these policies can be found at Registrar’s Handbook for School Administrators 2015-16, and Saskatchewan Ministry of Education Dual Credit Initiative (Updated 2015).

Arts Board hiring Program Consultant: Aboriginal Arts and Community Engagement

The Saskatchewan Arts Board is seeking a highly motivated, results-oriented individual to join its multifaceted and dynamic team to fill the position of Program Consultant – Aboriginal Arts and Community Engagement. For more information.

Submissions Requested for Second Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA)

The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is proud to present the Second Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA) to be held at Regina’s Artesian Theatre on November 26, 2015. Residents of Saskatchewan and Filmpool Production Members are eligible to submit their short films, produced from any format, with running time up to 20 minutes. Submission information and guidelines.

Professional Development: How to get your book reviewed or featured in a story

Three decision-makers from national review publications in a panel discussion will take you through best practices in submitting your books to print publications for reviews and for story coverage by detailing how to submit, timelines, what the publication looks for, and how to get features done. Following the discussion publishers can book a 5-10 minute meeting, depending on time, to discuss their upcoming books with each reviewer. This is an opportunity for a face-to-face meeting, and a chance to showcase your titles and your publishing house. For more information.

Community Initiatives Fund: Call for Adjudication Committee Applications

The Community Initiatives Fund is inviting applications from individuals throughout Saskatchewan who are interested in serving on one of its four Adjudication Committees.

The Adjudication Committees will be responsible for reviewing applications to the Community Grant Program and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board of Directors. To apply, send your completed application form to by December 4, 2015. Please find the details here and the application here.


Kelley Jo Burke – President

Marcus Miller – Vice President

Yvette Nolan – Treasurer

Shelley Ewing – Secretary

Kent Allan – Member at Large

James Hodges – Member at Large

Tarin Hughes – Member at Large

Kaelen Klypak – Member at Large

Dr. Kathryn Ricketts – 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.