SAA Bulletin – September 2017


In this issue…

  • Plan to Attend SAA’s Community Forum and Annual General Meeting
  • Secret Soiree
  • 2018 Arts Congress – Save the Date
  • SAA’s at Word on the Street Saskatoon Festival
  • We’ve Been Reading…
  • Canadian Network for Arts & Learning Conference
  • Canadian Arts Coalition News
  • Appointments
  • LIVE Arts Canada 150
  • Creative Kids Regina Fundraiser
  • CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge
  • John Hobday Awards in Arts Management: Call
  • Fourth Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards: Call
  • Cultural Connections Programming: Call for Proposals
  • Culture Days
  • SAA Board of Directors

SAA’s Community Forum and Annual General Meeting

September 23, 2017 | 11:00 am | The Refinery | 609 Dufferin Avenue | Saskatoon

Plan to attend our Community Forum and AGM on Saturday, September 23 at the Refinery in Saskatoon. The Board of Directors needs your help in shaping our future initiatives. All colleagues, friends, board members, artists and administrators are welcome and encouraged to attend. Plus it’s great for networking with colleagues you may not see every day. Please note: If you or someone you know is interested in sitting on the board of directors, please forward their names to the Nominations Committee at, or call the office: 306-780-9820.

The Forum will be followed by a catered lunch and annual general meeting. To help us plan for catering, please RSVP to or 306-780-9820.

Secret Soiree

Friday, Sept 22nd | 8 pm | mystic mystery venue (733 Broadway Avenue)

The night before the AGM, join the Saskatoon arts community for a secret soiree at a mystic mystery venue (733 Broadway Avenue). Beverages, snacks, entertainment and a peek into the future with our artistic oracle. What’s in the cards for you?

2018 Arts Congress – Save the Date

May 11th and 12th, 2018 | The Refinery | 609 Dufferin Avenue | Saskatoon

Planning is underway for the 2018 Arts Congress. Save the dates as this biennial event is one you won’t want to miss – it brings together the provincial arts community for deep conversation and to celebrate the arts.

SAA’s at Word on the Street Saskatoon Festival

September 24th, 2017 | Broadway Avenue | Saskatoon

Stop by SAA’s table at Word on the Street Festival to say hello. We’ll be there all day talking to people about the importance of the arts and artists to our province.

We’ve Been Reading…

Online resources in’s summary-in-progress of 50 years of studies regarding, “Everything We Know About Whether and How the Arts Improve Lives.” It is “in-progress,” but encouraging, as the introduction sums up: “it is becoming clear in at least several arenas that it’s not just our imagination: arts participation really does improve lives.” So far, this is particularly evidenced in the following areas:

  • Participatory arts activities help to maintain the health and quality of life of older adults.
  • Arts therapies contribute to positive clinical outcomes, such as reduction in anxiety, stress, and pain for patients.
  • Arts participation in early childhood promotes social and emotional development.
  • Student participation in structured arts activities enhances cognitive abilities and social skills that support learning, such as memory, problem-solving, and communication.

Report: Digitizing the Performing Arts: An Assessment of Opportunities, Issues and Challenges, funded by Canadian Heritage, commissioned by CAPACOA and undertaken jointly by Strategic Moves and CAPACOA, April 2017.

The report explores several aspects of digital evolution and arts ecosystems with background and context. Focusing on “The Digital Question for Presenters,” the report also offers a survey of the current digital landscape, as well as lessons from other sectors. Next steps include insights for arts organizations as digital technologies become increasingly embedded into everything we do, e.g. “It means examining the role and function of arts service organizations that were built in the analog world and need to learn how to be effective in the digital realm as advocates, catalysts, conveners or aggregators of a new kind” (p 37).

(© 2017, Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) and Strategic Moves)

Canadian Network for Arts and Learning Conference

Celebrating Canadian Diversity

October 18 – 20 | Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health | Ottawa

Early bird pricing ends September 18th

Be inspired by artists, teachers, performers, scholars, researchers and celebrities such as Susan Aglukark, Sandra Laronde and Ottawa’s Poet Laureate Jamaal Rogers. Participants will have the rare opportunity to discuss key issues and help strengthen and build connections in Canada’s arts and learning sector through the Network’s partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Eduarts mapping project and much more. Register Today.

Canadian Arts Coalition News

The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) submitted a brief with 3 recommendations to the federal Standing Committee on Finance for the 2018 Federal Budget: the implementation of the Artist’s Resale Right, a review of the Copyright Act, and investments in arts programs at the Department of Canadian Heritage. The submission addresses the two themes referenced in the submission solicitation – productivity and competitiveness. Read CAC’s full brief.

In the lead up to the renegotiation of NAFTA, many industry associations advised the Canadian Government on how to protect the cultural sector. As the Coalition’s representative on the Ad hoc Cultural Sector Advisory Committee on International Trade, CAPACOA submitted a brief on artist mobility. You can submit your own input using the short online form provided in the Government of Canada’s consultation on the renegotiation of NAFTA. Read more.


Carolyn Warren was appointed new Director General Arts Granting Programs at the Canada Council for the Arts. Readers may remember Warren when she gave the keynote address at the 2014 Arts Congress – What’s the Longest Distance between Two Points? – where she shared her thoughts on creativity, the arts, and resilience in regards to rejuvenation.

Creative Saskatchewan appointed Susan Gorges as Acting Director of Programs & Investments to replace Erin Dean who is on leave. Readers may remember Gorges from when she was Creative Saskatchewan’s Interim CEO and spoke on the “Coffee with the Provincial Funders” panel at the 2016 Arts Congress.

LIVE Arts Canada 150 

LIVE (Live Interactive Video Education) Arts Canada 150 is a distance education arts program for students in Grades 1 to 9. This year’s program features Saskatchewan Indigenous artists (including SAA board member Yvette Nolan) and their collaborators. Lessons focus on the topics of resilience, respect and reconciliation. Broadcasts take place from September 26th, 2017 to November 8th, 2017. For more information and for teachers to sign up.

Creative Kids Regina Fundraiser

Monday, Oct. 2nd | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Shirley Bell Lobby, Conexus Arts Centre, Regina

The Daughters of Penelope is hosting a fall luncheon in support of Creative Kids Regina who they chose to be the recipient charity for their annual luncheon. Tickets are $40 and can be ordered here.

Creative Kids supports young people with financial barriers to cultural activities.

CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge 

Registration is now open for the Canadian Music Class Challenge. CBC Music in association with MusiCounts launched the contest to engage music classes across the country. The goals are 1) for kids to learn Canadian music in the classroom, 2) to draw attention to the exceptional work of music teachers in this country, and 3) to reinforce the importance of music in a well-rounded education. For more information and to register.

John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

Application deadline: October 2, 2017

Two prizes of $10,000 each are granted to talented arts managers in Canadian professional arts organizations for professional development or mentoring purposes. The Professional Development and Renewal Award is granted to an outstanding arts manager wishing to take part in a recognized program, seminar or workshop. The Mentorship Award goes to an arts manager who is seeking to acquire different knowledge, experience and skills under the supervision of a mentor in his or her field. Guidelines.

Fourth Annual Saskatchewan Independent film Awards

Submission deadline: October 13, 2017

Submissions are open for the Fourth Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards. Awards include cash prizes in the following categories: Best (Short) Film, Best Feature Film, Best Student Film, Best Acting, Best Technical Achievement and Audience Choice Award. The Awards are open to all Saskatchewan residents living in the province for one year or longer, and Filmpool Members living outside of the province who have held membership for at least one year. Guidelines.

Cultural Connections Programming: Call for Proposals

May 26 – June 1, 2018 | University of Regina

Proposal deadline: September 29, 2017

In conjunction with Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the University of Regina is developing a series of events – Cultural Connections – that will enhance the Congress experience by providing opportunities for learning, reflection, and networking; providing entertainment for Congress attendees; creatively bridging the social sciences, humanities, and the arts; and building community spirit by building on the Congress theme, Gathering diversities. The U of R invites members of the campus and arts community to submit their ideas for Cultural Connections events. Successful proposals will be eligible for financial support towards honoraria and artist fees. For more information.

Culture Days

September 29 – October 1, 2017

Culture Days is fast approaching. The last day to register an event is September 18th. You can find information about activities happening across Saskatchewan here.

Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Board of Directors

Kelley Jo Burke – President

Marcus Miller – Vice President

Yvette Nolan – Treasurer

James Hodges – Member at Large

Kaelen Klypak – Member at Large

Karen Reynaud – Member at Large

Dr. Kathryn Ricketts – 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.