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December 2016

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​Changes in Leadership at Parks, Culture and Sport
Congrats SPAR! Saskatchewan arts research published in international, peer-reviewed journal
Saskatchewan Artist Registry – CASL Compliance
Government’s Transformational Change Exercise
CHRC Announces First Cohort: Congrats to Saskatchewan Arts Leaders
​CHRC Receiving Applications for Second Cohort Talent to Lead >
Momentum for Focus on Creators Coalition>
Canada's Volunteer Awards now accepting nominations
National Arts Centre unveils details of new $25M National Creation Fund>
Canada Council Launches New Online Applicant Portal>
Call for Curators: The Canada Council turns 60>
Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals>
​.ART Domain Launched

Changes in Leadership at Parks, Culture and Sport
Congratulations to Linn Gallagher on her appointment as Deputy Minister of the Environment. SAA thanks Ms. Gallagher for her work on behalf of the arts sector as Deputy Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport. Congratulations also go to Twyla MacDougall who was appointed Acting Deputy Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport. The search for a permanent Deputy Minister has been posted, with a closing deadline of January 18, 2017.


Congrats SPAR! Saskatchewan arts research published in international, peer-reviewed journal
“Understanding the Role of Cultural Networks within a Creative Ecosystem: A Canadian Case-Study” by Mary A. Blackstone, Sam Hage, and Ian McWilliams appears in the ENCATC Journal of Cultural Management and Policy Volume 6, Issue 1 (download here).

Utilizing SPAR’s artist-centred, primary research, the article offers insights into the current dynamics of artists’ networks, how such networks function, and the health of the province’s creative ecosystem. It demonstrates the value of this type of research in Saskatchewan and elsewhere. ENCATC is the European Network on Cultural Management and Policy (more info).


Saskatchewan Artist Registry – CASL Compliance
Since 2013, over 800 Saskatchewan artists have joined the SAA Saskatchewan Artist Registry. If you are one of those artists, thank you! Your participation has helped SAA research and advocacy efforts, and contributed to SPAR’s Understanding the Arts Ecology of Saskatchewan research project. We have learned, for example, that artists in the registry are a multi-disciplinary group; the 826 registered Saskatchewan artists reported 1418 disciplines (averaging 1.7 disciplines each). Almost half of artists registered report working in more than one discipline. 

Artists on the registry agreed to be contacted to participate in one of our research projects. In order to ensure compliance with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), we will soon send an email asking to re-affirm consent – which can be withdrawn at any time.

We hope artists continue to participate in the Saskatchewan Artist Registry. If you are not already on the registry, please sign up here. If you have any questions, please contact SAA Research Officer Ian McWilliams: research@artsalliance.sk.ca


Government’s Transformational Change Exercise
Earlier this year the Saskatchewan government announced a government-wide exercise of transformational change. In response, two consultations have been launched by organizations and are inviting the public’s participation.

#TransformSK is a pan-industry consultation launched by four prominent business support organizations representing key sectors of Saskatchewan industry. The initiative will culminate in a final set of recommendations to be tabled with the Premier, and will focus on four priority areas: transforming government, transforming the economy, transforming infrastructure, and transforming education. There are three ways to have your say: Attend an in-person consultation, send a written submission, or record a short video. Find out more here.

SaskForward is a coalition of civil society organizations and individuals. They have created an online consultation platform at saskforward.ca, where members of the public are encouraged to share their ideas via video and text submissions. The submission process will culminate in a policy summit in Regina. The summit will be a forum to discuss what transformational changes people would like to see in a variety of issue areas. Those interested in attending should register via their website


CHRC Announces First Cohort: Congrats to Saskatchewan Arts Leaders
CHRC is pleased to announce the 18 successful participants in the first cohort (English) of its Talent to Lead (T2L) programme including Saskatchewan’s own Amber Andersen, Director, Estevan Art Gallery and Museum SK and Tanya Derksen, Executive Director, Regina Symphony Orchestra SK. To view the full list of participants, click here.


CHRC Receiving Applications for Second Cohort Talent to Lead
CHRC is pleased to announce that it is now receiving applications for the second cohort of its Talent to Lead (T2L) program (www.talenttolead.ca).

Talent to Lead is designed for mid-career cultural managers seeking to take their careers to the next level of leadership. It creates opportunities for learning from one another and building relationships with other leaders, while also getting expert support from top-notch executives in the field. The deadline for applications for this second cohort is January 15, 2017. 


Momentum for Focus on Creators Coalition
Focus on Creators is a call to action by Canadian creators. Canadians are consuming more digital content than ever before, and creators have led the shift – they have digitized their work, mastered the Internet, and become their own social media directors. Yet the laws and regulations that allow creators to exploit their works to make a living are now out of date. Without urgent attention from government, thousands of Canadian creators will not be able to tell their uniquely Canadian stories.

The Focus on Creators campaign has prepared a joint letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly. Canadian creators are encouraged to add their names to the letter on the initiative’s website, www.focusoncreators.ca, to help send this important message to policymakers in Ottawa.


Canada's Volunteer Awards now accepting nominations
Nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open and will run until February 3, 2017. “This is the chance for all Canadians to nominate an exceptional volunteer, a not-for-profit organization that helps to find innovative solutions to social challenges, or a business that demonstrates social responsibility in their community.” This year, 21 awards will be presented, and award recipients will have the chance to identify a nonprofit organization of their choice to receive a $5,000 or $10,000 grant. Nominate a volunteer, a nonprofit organization or a business today!


National Arts Centre unveils details of new $25M National Creation Fund
The National Arts Centre is ready to take a bold step towards funding brand new, innovative Canadian artistic creations. The initiative — described as "venture capital for the performing arts world" when first introduced in late September — is designed to support artists and arts organizations creating ambitious new works of theatre, dance and music. Each year, the fund will invest a total of approximately $3 million across 15 to 20 projects. The majority of each year's money will go towards new works by artists or groups across the country. About 30 per cent go to projects initiated by the NAC's artistic teams to be mounted for its stage. Keep reading


Canada Council Launches New Online Applicant Portal
The Canada Council is delighted to share important program updates and to launch its online applicant portal, a pathway to the new funding model opening April 1st, 2017. Find out more here.


Call for Curators: The Canada Council turns 60
The Canada Council for the Arts is seeking proposals from individuals to curate a special exhibition, with an accompanying digital exhibition, to mark its 60th anniversary in the Âjagemô art space at 150 Elgin, Ottawa. This exceptional project will open September 2017 and run throughout the winter. For more information, please click on the request for proposals.


Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) released “Mapping the Canadian Index of Wellbeing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A Working Paper” by Bryan Smale and Margo Hilbrecht, University of Waterloo. The CIW has identified core domains of wellbeing and associated indicators to measure social impacts. These are directly related to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and targets as identified in the UN report, Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Though CIW is a Canadian model, the CIW group hopes that its framework could be applicable in other areas of the world.


.ART Domain Launched
A new top-level domain dedicated to the arts has been launched, with several high-profile organisations adopting the suffix. .ART web addresses will now be used by institutions including Guggenheim Museum, Centre Pompidou and Tate galleries.

More than 60 museums and arts organisations have signed up to use the .ART domain, with some migrating their existing websites while others are launching new sites specifically for the address. .ART domain names will be available for registration to professional members of the art world from February 2017. For more information.