2017 News

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

SAA Bulletin - Launching Art Works Stories

November 2017

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In this issue...

  • Art Works Station Arts Centre
  • We’ve been reading…
  • New people at SAA
  • CIF Call for Adjudicators
  • CIF Grant Program Deadline
  • Congratulations to 4th Annual SIFA Winners
  • Call for Applicants - U of A Drama Chair
  • One Book, One Province
  • SAA Board of Directors

Art Works - Station Arts Centre
SAA is launching a new series promoting our members. Each month SAA will publish an article highlighting an arts organization making a positive impact in its community. This first piece, written by Dave Margoshes, features the Rosthern Station Arts Centre


We’ve been reading…

  • The web article Arts Careers by Createquity. Createquity is a think tank and online publication “on a long-term mission to help make the world a better place by better understanding the arts”. This article addresses how economic advantage or disadvantage may alter opportunities to enter and thrive in artistic professions. Does financial status influence choice of educational majors? Is it easier to be a ‘starving artist’ if you have wealthy parents who might support you? How does secondary income, such as spousal income, effect career choices? A resource list of related articles is included.
  • Released in 2014, Understanding the Value and Impacts of Cultural Experiences, a Literature Review was prepared by John D. Carnwath and Alan S. Brown for Arts Council England to gain a better understanding of the ways arts and culture enrich lives. It may be of interest to funding agencies, policymakers and researchers as this quote from the introduction indicates:  “Over the past three decades public arts funders have increasingly come under pressure to report on and justify their spending on arts and culture. Complying with these demands has been quite challenging, since many of the outcomes of cultural funding are not immediately measurable or easily summarised in a tidy statistic like the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

New people at SAA
SAA has contracted two people on a part-time basis until May 31, 2018. In Regina, Donna Boyle has been hired as a Communications Officer, covering the remainder of Jessica Riess’ leave. Tarin Dehod will coordinate the 2018 Arts Congress from Saskatoon. Tarin will work closely with the Arts Congress Organizing Committee and SAA staff to prepare this major biennial event which will be held at The Refinery in Saskatoon.


CIF Call for Adjudicators
Deadline: December 1, 2017
The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is inviting applications from Saskatchewan individuals who are interested in serving on Adjudication Committees which will be responsible for reviewing applications to the Community Grant Program and making grant recommendations to the CIF board of directors.

CIF Grant Program Deadline
Deadline: February 1, 2018
CIF Community Summer Grants support activities for children and youth between May 1 and August 31. The types of projects typically supported include summer camps and day programming that offer positive arts, culture, recreation, and other learning opportunities.


Congrats to 4th Annual SIFA Winners
SAA congratulates the winners of the Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA) which were presented by the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative on November 17th at the Artesian in Regina to the following:
Best Short Film – Gas Can, Mattias Graham
Best Student Film – Separate Beds, Layton Burton
Best Feature Film – Talent, Lucas Frison
Technical Achievement – Travis Neufeld, Production Design, The Tinwife
Best Acting – Mark Claxton, Doktor Ripp
Audience Choice - Gas Can, Mattias Graham


Call for Applicants: U of A Drama Chair
Deadline: December 31
The Department of Drama, within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, invites applications for the tenured position of Department Chair at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. 


One Book, One Province
Saskatchewan Libraries Association (SLA) invites cultural organizations to participate in its second One Book, One Province project scheduled for March 2018. Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens, a best-seller written by Amy Jo Ehman and published by MacIntyre Purcell, is the 2018 selection. One Book, One Province supports and promotes literacy, reading, and libraries. 


Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Board of Directors
Kathryn Ricketts - President
James Hodges - Vice President
Rob Bos - Secretary
Risa Payant - Treasurer
Kelley Jo Burke - Past President
Mary Blackstone - Member at Large
Daniel Parr - Member at Large
Karen Reynaud - 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.