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March 2016

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March 2016

In this Issue...

  • Saskatchewan Party and NDP Respond to SAA Questions
  • Call to Action: Speak-Up This Election
  • Arts Sector Delighted by the Support for Arts & Culture in the 2016 Budget
  • 2016 Arts Congress: Into the Future Wild
  • The Michele Sereda Artist Residency for Socially–Engaged Practice
  • Join Globe Theatre as They Celebrate 30 Years
  • Call for Nominations: Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts
  • Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Board of Directors

Saskatchewan Party and NDP Respond to SAA Questions
This year’s provincial election is on Monday, April 4th. As part of our public awareness campaign, we sent questionnaires to the political parties asking about their plans for the arts and creative industry sector. The Saskatchewan Party and NDP have responded to these questions. Read their responses here: 


Call to Action: Speak-Up This Election
A provincial election is everyone’s chance to meet with their candidates to talk about the importance of the arts and ask them pertinent questions regarding arts funding, access, and the sector’s sustainability.

Help us promote the importance of the arts by sharing the one-sheet –Speak Up This Election. Use the fact sheet and suggested questions to put the arts on the election agenda. The document can also be found on our website at www.artsalliance.sk.ca. Please join us in this campaign to promote the arts.


Arts Sector Delighted by the Support for Arts & Culture in the 2016 Budget
The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) is extremely satisfied to see the government commit in the 2016 Federal Budget to the doubling of the Canada Council for the Arts operating budget by 2020. This represents $550 million in an overall $1.87 billion commitment to arts and culture over five years. For the last decade, the CAC has advocated for the doubling of the Canada Council’s operating budget. Budget 2016 achieves this goal and represents an important milestone for the arts sector and for Canadians. Read More.


2016 Arts Congress: Into the Future Wild
Join us at the 2016 Arts Congress: Into the Future Wild on May 6th and 7th as we celebrate 30 years of connecting artists, arts administrators, policymakers, and arts lovers. This year, the Congress takes place in Regina at the Artesian (2627 13th Avenue). Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the wilds of the Saskatchewan Arts Ecology.


The Michele Sereda Artist Residency for Socially–Engaged Practice

In 2015, the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina established an artist residency program in memory of Michele Sereda, an alumna and multidisciplinary artist who explored social issues that touched on intercultural dialogue, marginalized communities and art making. The residency aims to create engagements between artists, organizations, other University of Regina faculties and students around socially relevant issues.

The deadline for the 2016 / 17 residency is May 1. For more information email Kathleen Irwin at Kathleen.Irwin@uregina.ca or call 306-585-5519.


Join Globe Theatre as They Celebrate 30 Years

Globe Theatre is celebrating half a century of live theatre and invite you to their 50th Anniversary Gala on June 22, 2016 at the Conexus Arts Centre. The evening will be attended by Globe Theatre's Royal Patron HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife HRH The Countess of Wessex and will feature one of the Globe’s most popular productions, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline starring Saskatchewan's own Devra Straker in the role of Patsy. Call 306-525-6400 and reserve your seat:

  • Premier Single Ticket Admission includes dinner, dessert and performance: $300
  • General Admission includes dessert and performance: $75

Call for Nominations: Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts
The nomination period for the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts is now open. Do you know a remarkable Canadian artist who deserves to be recognized? Consider nominating them today! Deadline: June 1, 2016. For more information.


Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Board of Directors
Kelley Jo Burke – President
Marcus Miller – Vice President
Yvette Nolan – Treasurer
Shelley Ewing – Secretary
Kent Allen – Member at Large
James Hodges – Member at Large
Tarin Hughes – Member at Large
Kaelen Klypak – 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.