2018 News

Thursday, April 5, 2018

SAA Bulletin

April 2018 Newsletter

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​​In this issue...

  • SAA 2018 Arts Congress – Register online
  • SAA Art Works - Estevan Art Gallery & Museum
  • Read this month's Op-Ed: Getting Paid for your Art
  • SAA at ANSER: SPAR update
  • SAA Research Memo
  • Things We’ve Been Reading
  • In the NEWS - Regina Sound Stage
  • Culture Days Funding
  • CARFAC Mentorship Program
  • Saskatchewan Arts Awards 2018
  • 2018 Saskatchewan Book Awards
  • SAA Board of Directors

2018 Arts Congress: Register online
May 4th & 5th in Saskatoon at Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre.
Registration is OPEN! We are very excited to announce that this year’s Congress will feature a performance by Adrian Stimson, Recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Stay tuned for updates! Register ONLINE.


SAA Art Works – Estevan Art Gallery & Museum
Each month SAA posts an Art Works article highlighting an arts organization making a positive impact in its community. This Month Carle Steel looks to the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, and how it is essential infrastructure for an isolated city, an oasis for artists and the public hungry for professional art that reflects Canada and all its complexity.


Read this month's Op-Ed: Getting Paid for your Art
In this month’s Op-Ed, Paul Burch offers his perspective on the challenges (and rewards) of creating and collaborating across disciplines. Read it here.


SAA at ANSER: SPAR update
May 31, 8:30am at U of R campus, RC 252.2
SAA will participate in the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) annual conference, part of the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences hosted at the University of Regina.
SAA’s Director Marnie Gladwell and Research Officer Ian McWilliams will contribute to a roundtable, chaired by SAA board member Mary Blackstone, on the Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research (SPAR) with representatives from SPAR and Trifecta. The session will discuss a case study of how a successful community-university research partnership, informed by an ecological approach, can enhance an understanding of the relationships, networks and systems of exchange that compose the social economy.

Find congress events open to the general public here.


SAA Research Memo
Statistics Canada’s Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators (PTCI), 2016 (estimates) and revisions to PTCI, 2010-2014
This memo provides some Saskatchewan-specific information from Statistics Canada's 2015-16 Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators (PTCI) as well as an overview of Statistics Canada's revision of the 2010 to 2014 provincial and territorial culture indicators. LINK


Things We’ve Been Reading
While researching at the SAA, we discover a lot of interesting information and we like to share some of it with you. For example...…

The Value and Values of Culturecollects relevant evidence substantiating the impact of culture across a range of EU policy fields. The evidence included in this impact review demonstrates without doubt the EU added value of culture and the subsequent need to properly support the cultural ecosystem.”
Many findings from this EU-based report resonate with similar findings/studies here in North America. Topics include: Culture and Education; Culture, Social Cohesion, Equality and Diversity; Culture and Citizen’s Wellbeing; Culture and the Economy; Culture and The Digital Shift; and Culture in External Relations. Full report and Executive Summary here.

Katy Waldman, Does Having a Day Job Mean Making Better Art?”, The New York Times Style Magazine. March 22, 2018
“Artists: They’re just like us, unless they can afford not to be, in which case they still are, but doing a better job of concealing it.” Waldman anecdotally explores assumptions about the way artists work and live with examples of artists in their “day-jobs” from the past and present. 

Local Context: Waldman's observations are reminiscent of similar findings in Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research (SPAR) data which found that most Saskatchewan artists make the bulk of their overall income in jobs outside of their creative practice. Artists identified that they took jobs outside of their creative practice in order to make ends meet and to make a living. Some artists, however, added that they were always artists regardless of where they were working at any given moment, i.e. their jobs informed their creative practice and vice versa.


In the NEWS - Regina Sound Stage 
The Saskatchewan Government is reviewing some 660 government-owned buildings for potential sale. This has led to worries from the film community and the community at large that the Regina Sound Stage may be sold. Leader Post reports here.


Culture Days Funding
Deadline: April 16th
The Culture Days Funding Assistance (CDFA) program is now taking applications to support Culture Days initiatives throughout Saskatchewan. There are two funding streams for CDFA, Culture Days Hubs and Culture Days Events. Culture Days Events (presented by 1 organization) are eligible for a maximum of $1,000. Culture Days Hubs (presented by a minimum of 3 organizations) are eligible for a maximum of $4,000. Check out the CDFA page to get more information on the two funding streams available, application guidelines, and how to apply online.


CARFAC Mentorship Program 
Deadline is April 1st
The CARFAC SASK Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for Saskatchewan visual artists to work together in an informal peer learning, professional development framework, with experienced artists mentoring developing artists. Information & application here.


Nominations for Saskatchewan Arts Awards 2018
Deadline: May 31th
Nominations for the 2018 Saskatchewan Arts Awards are now open! Presented by the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the awards celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and organizations in all arts disciplines.
Award recipients receive a cash prize and a limited edition award. The 2018 Saskatchewan Arts Awards will be held on Thursday, October 25, at Casino Regina. Click here for more information


2018 Saskatchewan Book Awards Shortlist
The shortlist for the 25th Saskatchewan Book Awards was recently announced. The winners will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on April 28 in Regina. The evening will be hosted by Zarqa Nawaz, creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie and author of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque. Tickets will get you a delicious Prairie Buffet, fantastic door prizes, a special performance from local musician Kara Golemba, and the opportunity to celebrate with the shortlisted authors and publishers. Tickets are on sale now.


​​SAA Board of Directors 
Kathryn Ricketts– President
James Hodges – Vice President 
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. Formally established in 1986, SAA advocates on issues such as public funding of the arts, freedom of expression and artists’ working conditions.