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2018 Arts Congress:
Making Art in Dangerous Times.

Join us May 4th and May 5th in Saskatoon as we celebrate 32 years of connecting artists, arts administrators, policymakers, and arts lovers. This year, the Congress takes place in Saskatoon at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us in the discussions of arts resilience, risk taking, and public engagement.

This year we are excited to announce our keynote address, titled In the Belly of the Whale: Reflections on the Precarious Future(s) of the Aging Settler/ Colonial Institutions by Andrew Hunter. Hunter is an internationally recognized writer, speaker and cultural commentator, and this lecture is sure to be both informative and provocative. The Congress will feature artist conversations, panel discussions, and performances; notably a performance by Adrian Stimson, recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

The 2018 Arts Congress: Making Art in Dangerous Times will be held on May 4th and 5th at the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre (5 Campus Drive, U of S).

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The Arts Congress is a biennial provincial conference open to everyone; it will be of special interest to members and supporters of the Saskatchewan arts community. Issues of common concern will be discussed and plans made for the future.

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  • I’ve found that a song can be more effective than a 400-page textbook

    Buffy Sainte-Marie

  • Life is short, art is long...


  • If you are creative, you get busier as you get older.

    Tony Bennett

  • I've always hid behind the music despite the fact that I have a huge personality. I'm thrilled that the music is bigger than me and will outlive and outlast me. It frees me up to take risks.

    Measha Brueggergosman

  • After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

    Aldous Huxley

  • Our brains are organized by stories and images, not statistics.

    Gloria Steinem

  • Making a living in the arts, though, creates so many jobs for other people.

    Maureen Forrester

  • I know how demanding the process of creation is.

    Karen Kain

  • Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

    Edgar Degas

  • I sing my sorrow and I paint my joy.

    Joni Mitchell

  • I see music as fluid architecture.

    Joni Mitchell

  • Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.

    Bertolt Brecht

  • The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

    Pablo Picasso

  • I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudiced. I am a visual art.

    Kermit the Frog

  • The real function of artists is to give fresh vision to their own generation.

    Doris McCarthy

  • Writing is an act of faith. I believe it's also an act of hope, the hope that things can get better than they are.

    Margaret Atwood

  • Dancing is the way I can express the things that cannot be said.

    Veronica Tennant

  • Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in."

    Gord Downie

  • Every work of art which really moves us is in some degree a revelation.

    Lawren Harris