2008 Arts Congress Program

Friday, May 2nd

Wascana Centre ~ 2900 Wascana Drive, Regina

11:00 a.m.

Registration, Coffee & Networking

Congress packages will be available for registrants. Pre-registration is preferred, but registration is possible at the door.

11:30 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Mr. Kim Houghtaling, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance President, opens the 2008 Congress.

11:45 a.m. ~ Catered Buffet Luncheon

Lunch with the Saskatchewan Arts Board & SaskCulture

12:45 p.m.

Stories from the Art

Artists tell the stories of their lives and work.

Jeannie Mah, visual artist

1:00 p.m.

Keynote Address: John Holden

Culture and Politics

To establish support for culture at a political level, the arts must first create a greater legitimacy with citizens, and find new ways to build democratic consensus about its importance. John Holden, author of ‘Cultural Value and the Crisis of Legitimacy’, asserts that establishing a different alignment between culture, politics and the public will require courage, confidence and radicalism. Drawing on his recent publications, John will show how different groups in society value culture in different ways, and he will examine how the changing role of the arts and culture in contemporary society can influence public policy.

John Holden is Head of Culture at the independent think tank Demos, and a Visiting Professor at City University. He has masters Degrees in Law and Design History, is a FRSA, and a member of the Management Committee of the Clore Leadership Programme. His publications include Capturing Cultural Value, Cultural Value and the Crisis of Legitimacy, Cultural Diplomacy, Logging On, Culture and Learning, and Creative Reading. John has given many keynote speeches in the UK and in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

1:45 p.m.

Valuing the Arts

Joining John Holden in a discussion about arts’ values are Jim Marshall, Chief Economist at the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy and David Garneau, visual artist, critic, curator and Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina.

3:15 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m.

Stories from the Art

Artists tell the stories of their lives and work.

Gabriel Yahyahkeekoot, media artist

4:00 p.m.

Cultural Policy in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy recently released the Public Policy Paper Cultural Policy in Saskatchewan. In this session, Rose Olfert, one of the authors speaks about the paper’s findings and conclusions drawn. Olfert is a Professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. She is also Director of the Canada Rural Economy Research Lab at the University, undertaking a range of spatial analyses and producing presentations and policy papers on Saskatchewan and Canadian public policy issues.

5:00 p.m.

Break for Dinner

Delegates are on their own for dinner.

7:00 p.m.

Wascana Centre

2900 Wascana Drive, Regina

The Honourable Christine Tell, Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport

Minister Tell speaks about the vital role of the arts in the province and her vision for their future.

Reception to follow

A chance to mingle with your colleagues while listening to the live sounds of Bob Evans. A cash bar and appetizers will be available.

Saturday, May 3rd

Wascana Centre ~ 2900 Wascana Drive, Regina

8:30 a.m.

Coffee with the SAA Board of Directors

Got ideas? The SAA Board seeks input from Congress participants on future plans.

9:30 a.m.

Stories from the Art

Artists tell the stories of their lives and work.

Jason Plumb, musician

Connie Gault, writer

10:00 a.m.

Conversation on Valuing of the Arts in the Community: Deputy Minister Van Isman

Deputy Minister Van Isman converses with Kate Davis, Director of the MacKenzie Art Gallery about the valuing of arts, and therefore arts policy, at the provincial level.

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.

Status of the Artist Update

With Government’s promise to introduce new legislation, Jan Seibel, lawyer, visual artist and member of the SAA Artist Equity Committee talks about status of the artist, any new developments and what it can mean to you.

12:00 noon ~ Catered Buffet Luncheon

Luncheon Speaker: Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle is an award winning author and professor whose books include I Am Woman, Ravensong, Sojourners and Sundogs, Daughters are Forever, Will’s Garden and Bent Box. She has given hundreds of talks and lectures on various topics, including cultural reclamation, politics, history and feminism.

1:30 p.m.

Stories from the Art

Artists tell the stories of their lives and work.

Johanna Bundon, dance artist

Mark Deiter, theatre artist

2:00 p.m.

Community Consultation

Executive Director Jeremy Morgan discusses Saskatchewan Arts Board’s plans for the future.

2:30 p.m.

Arts’ Future in Saskatchewan

What the outlook for the arts in Saskatchewan is and how we bring attention to their value is the focus of this session.

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m.

Poet Laureate Robert Currie

Saskatchewan Poet Laureate, Bob Currie will read from his work.

Thanks to the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Program, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Saskatchewan Art Board.

4:00 p.m.

Closing Comments

Program subject to change.