SAA Bulletin – October 2017


In this issue…

  • SAA is Hiring
  • SAA’s Community Forum and AGM
  • We’ve been Reading…
  • Call for Applicants – Artist Residency
  • Canada Council Job Postings
  • Saskatchewan Arts Awards
  • Saskatchewan Arts Board Community Consultations
  • Arts Day on the Hill
  • SATP Announces New Programs
  • One Book, One Province
  • SAA Board of Directors

SAA is Hiring

Deadline for both positions: October 31, 2017

SAA is seeking to contract an Arts Congress Coordinator to organize the 2018 Arts Congress. The Coordinator will work closely with the Arts Congress Organizing Committee and SAA staff to organize the Congress including preparation of conference materials, schedule, delivery, and marketing.

SAA is also looking for a Communications Officer. This is a part-time term position (20 hours/week) from November 20, 2017 to May 31, 2018. The Communications Officer supports the development, implementation and evaluation of communication and marketing strategies in support of SAA programs and services.

SAA’s Community Forum and AGM

At SAA’s forum and AGM on Sept. 23, members and guests of the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance met to discuss current arts issues. Forum discussions included how member organizations identify challenges, find solutions, and define success. Members of the Board of Directors for the 2017-18 year are: Kathryn Ricketts (President), Jim Hodges (Vice President), Risa Payant (Treasurer), Rob Bos (Secretary), Kelley Jo Burke (Past President), Mary Blackstone, Daniel Parr and Karen Reynaud. (More information here.)

We’ve been Reading…

  • What Makes Arts Organizations Civically Engaged? from Createquity’s Jack Crager and Katie Ingersoll (October 1, 2017),is  an introduction to a US study with some translatable insights. The report is by Mirae Kim who researched the ways in which smaller, regional arts companies are often more civically-engaged than their big-city counterparts – by desire and design. The study looks into the overlapping impacts of “civic roles,” “market roles,” and diverse networks.
  • SAA signed on to the Declaration for the Sustainability and the Vitality of National Culture and Media in the Digital Era. Thirty-nine organizations are the original signatories, self-described as: “A coalition of organizations, experts and citizens is launching an urgent appeal to the Québec and Canadian governments to establish conditions that will allow the cultural and media industry to recover its stability in a constantly transforming environment.” The declaration has since garnered over 4000 online endorsements. More information can be found at

Call for Applicants: Michele Sereda Artist Residency in Socially-engaged Practice

Deadline: October 31

The Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance, in collaboration with the Archer Library, is seeking an artist to fill a 5-month residency, commencing in January 2018, to explore the integration of writing within art practice (and vice versa). This residency was established in memory of Michele Sereda who died in 2015. Critical aspects of the Sereda Residency are: 1) its commitment to engage with the broader community; 2) its commitment to place an artist, over time, in each Faculty of the University in order to underscore the inherent value of the arts in all disciplines and walks of life; and 3) to disseminate the results of the residency within the community both on and off campus. For more information.

Canada Council Job Postings

Closing Date: October 27, 2017

Canada Council is advertising for a Director, Arts Across Canada position. Applicants should have expertise in literature. The Director is responsible for the general direction, implementation and management of Council funding activities aimed at supporting the interaction between the public and artists in Canada.

Closing Date: October 25, 2017

The Manager, Community and Digital Engagement is responsible for developing and implementing a social media strategy and supporting Marketing Communications objectives and the Council’s content strategy on diverse platforms.

Saskatchewan Arts Awards

Thursday, October 26 | Remain Modern, Saskatoon | 6:30 pm

The Saskatchewan Arts Awards celebrates the achievements of individuals, groups and organizations in all arts disciplines. Congratulations to Jack Sures, recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the short-listed nominees. For more information.

Saskatchewan Arts Board Community Consultations

The Saskatchewan Arts Board is reviewing all of the ways in which it supports the work of individual artists. Although the review will focus on the work of the Artists in Communities and Artists in Schools funding programs, also considered is how the Arts Board supports artists with multi-faceted careers who produce work independently and collaboratively and who also work in school and community settings.

Meetings have been occurring around the province. The remaining meeting are in:

Fort Qu’Appelle | October 24 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Saskatoon | October 25 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm

There is also opportunity to participate online:

November 2 | Webinar | 4:00 – 6:00 pm

For more information.

Arts Day on the Hill

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) is coordinating an Arts Day on the Hill which is intended to keep the arts visible to government officials, support CAC’s Pre-Budget brief and engage with all parties to encourage the development of arts platforms by all parties for the 2019 election. Even if you can’t make it to Ottawa, CAC encourages you to seek a meeting in your own riding on the week of November 13-17 to continue to keep the arts ‘top-of-mind’ for the federal representatives.

SATP Announces New Programs

Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals (SATP) announces new programs for theatre professionals and theatre organizations: The Propeller Series; You’ve Got This! A Practical Guide for Canadian Artists and Arts Managers; and All In: A National Equity, Diversity & Inclusive Initiative. Visit SATP’s website and FaceBook page for details regarding dates, times, locations.

One Book, One Province

March 2018

Saskatchewan Libraries Association (SLA) invites cultural organizations to participate in its second One Book, One Province project that will be in March 2018. Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens written by Amy Jo Ehman and published by MacIntyre Purcell is chosen as the 2018 selection. The One Book, One Province project is a province-wide reading initiative. SLA will acknowledge organizations that participate and will promote projects through SLA communication channels. For more information, email

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.