2010 Arts Congress: State of the Arts


Friday, May 7th

The Bassment ~ 4th Avenue & 23rd Street (the old Post Office), Saskatoon

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

Ms. Cynthia Dyck, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance President, opens the 2010 Congress.

12 noon ~ Catered Buffet Luncheon

12:45 p.m.

Stories from the Art

Artists tell the stories of their lives and work.

  • Kent Allen, actor

1:15 p.m.

Keynote Address: Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson

Planning for Culturally Vital Communities: Key Concepts and Metrics

What is cultural vitality? Why does it matter? How do you measure it? What does it take to plan for communities that are culturally vital? Based on research and planning experience around the United States, these questions are discussed.

2:00 p.m.

Measuring the Arts

Joining Dr. Jackson in a discussion about measuring the arts are Gary Young, Director of the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Peter Sametz, Associate Executive Directors at the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and, from Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport, Susan Hetu, Culture and Heritage Executive Director and Dwayne Baker, Senior Policy Analyst, Policy, Planning and Evaluation Branch.

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m.

Stories from the Art

Artists tell the stories of their lives and work.

  • Charles Hamilton, sound poet

3:30 p.m.

SaskCulture’s Support of the Arts

Peter England, President, and Rose Gilks, General Manager provide an overview of how SaskCulture supports the arts in Saskatchewan directly and through partnerships with agencies such as the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Delegates are invited to provide advice on SaskCulture’s work.

4:15 p.m.

Break for Dinner

Delegates are on their own for dinner.

4:30 p.m. ? 7:30 p.m.

Jazz On Fridays

The Saskatoon Jazz Society invites Congress delegates to the Bassment’s Jazz On Fridays with pianist Ray LeBlanc.

7:30 p.m.

The Bassment ~ 4th Avenue & 23rd Street (the old Post Office), Saskatoon

8:00 p.m.

Keynote Address: Terrence Heath

Reminiscences of the Future?

Terrence Heath is an independent writer, curator and consultant. He has curated, reviewed, and written catalogue essays for exhibitions at art galleries across Canada. He was Executive-Director of the Western Development Museum and Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and writes both articles and columns for art magazines in Canada. He has most recently organized a retrospective exhibition of the works and completed a biography of the Canadian sculptor, Joe Fafard.

He is a co-founder and presently on the board of the Centre for Canadian Contemporary Art and was chair of the governing board of the Ontario College of Art for six years (1993-1999). He served on the taskforce of the City of Toronto which re-established the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (formerly, North York Art Gallery) in Toronto. He has written a number of books, including two novels, a biography of the Canadian painter, Ernest Lindner, and four books of poetry (three of which were co-authored with Anne Szumigalski). His short stories and poems appear regularly in various literary magazines. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he presently lives in Toronto.

Reception to follow.

A chance to mingle with your colleagues while listening to the live sounds of the Boomhower/Kutz Trio. A cash bar and appetizers will be available.

Saturday, May 8th

The Bassment ~ 4th Avenue & 23rd Street (the old Post Office), Saskatoon

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.

  • Wally Dion, visual artist
  • Taylor Leedahl, poet

10:00 a.m.

State of the Arts Now

Vincent Varga, Executive Director & CEO of the Mendel Art Gallery, Laura Margita, artist and Executive Director of PAVED Arts, and Elwood Jimmy, artist and Program Director of Sâkêwêwak Artists? Collective discuss the state of the arts in Saskatchewan from their own perspectives.

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.

Meet the Arts Board Executive Director

Newly appointed Executive Director David Kyle discusses his vision for Saskatchewan Arts Board and its plans for the future.

12:00 noon ~ Catered Buffet Luncheon

Luncheon Speaker: Henry Woolf

Art is a Big Word

Henry Woolf has worked as an actor on stage, in radio, and film as well as being a director, educator, raconteur and scholar. Henry Woolf became head of the University of Saskatchewan Drama Department in 1997. He was a founding member of the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival and was artistic director there from 1991 to 2001. This year, he returns to play Shylock. As well, this year Woolf’s poems will be included in a poetry anthology published in the UK.

1:30 p.m.

Stories from the Art

Artists tell the story of his/her life and work.

  • Danika Steckler, soprano
  • Mark Turner, pianist

2:00 p.m.

Conversations of Valuing of the Arts in the Community: Deputy Minister Wynne Young

Deputy Minister Wynne Young converses with Terry Fenton, painter and writer on art, about the valuing of the arts, and therefore arts policy, at the provincial level.

3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

3:15 p.m.

Information Exchanges

Meet with funding agency officers in this informal setting to obtain practical advice and information on funding programs.

5:00 p.m.

Final Farewell

Program is subject to change.