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Monday, November 19, 2018

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SAA’s Research Officer to Assume New Role
Read Our Latest Arts Work Article: Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery
Things we’ve been Reading…
Now Open: Creative Saskatchewan Micro Budget
Don’t Miss the 2018 SIFAs
Nominees for the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Awards
A Profile of the Nonprofit Sector in Saskatchewan: An Overview
Community Initiatives Fund: Call for Adjudication Committee Members
Join the Conversation: Anti-Racism Engagement
Career Opportunities
Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Board of Directors


SAA’s Research Officer to Assume New Role
It is with mixed feelings that we say farewell to our Research Officer Ian McWilliams. Ian will be assuming his new position of Research Project Coordinator at the Office of Applied Research and Innovation, Saskatchewan Polytechnic in December. Ian has been with the SAA for five years and has been instrumental in many of our research endeavors including the SPAR project. We wish Ian and his family nothing but success in the coming years.


Read Our Latest Arts Work Article: Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery
Check out SAA's latest Arts Work series, which highlights an arts organization’s positive impact in its community. This month we feature the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery (MJMAG). Read the full article here.


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:
From the ever-useful Cultural Research Network (CRN) -- A community of practice for arts and culture researchers – (http://www.culturalresearchnetwork.org/) The following:
  • Philippe Schneider, Sarah Thelwall, Richard Turpin, Patrick Towell, and Sophia Woodley. Arts Council England. “What is Resilience Anyways?” 2018. United Kingdom.

    Arts Council England commissioned Golant Media Ventures and The Audience Agency to research how resilience is currently understood in the arts and culture sector – and whether the understanding of funders and policymakers is congruent with that of others within the sector. The new study, said to be the first substantive piece of research on resilience published by ACE since 2010, involved experts, academics and practitioners in the sector. The findings are drawn from a wide range of sources, including a literature review, interviews and over 1,000 responses to a survey.
  • Tasha Golden and Jamie Hand. “Arts, Culture, and Community Mental Health.” Community Development Innovation Review. 2018. United States.

    Based on an analysis of dozens of projects, a literature review, and input from both arts and public health‒sector leaders, Tasha Golden identified several domains where arts and cultural strategies are helping drive change in community health outcomes, or to the systems in which public health practitioners operate. Among these domains, what quickly stood out was the impact of creative placemaking on mental health—including stigma; trauma; community-level stress, depression, and substance use disorders; and cultural identity. Here they have taken these four categories as a frame, describing their relevance to public health and providing examples of initiatives that address them. The findings suggest that infusing community development with creativity and collaboration stimulates the potential for unique mental health benefits that warrant continued investment and exploration.
  • Francesca Sanderson, et al. Nesta. Experimental Culture: A Horizon Scan Commissioned by Arts Council England. 2018. United Kingdom.

This report, commissioned by the Arts Council and developed by Nesta, provides insights and recommendations on how arts and cultural organizations in the United Kingdom should evolve over the next 10 years in order to adapt the ever changing ways we consume arts and culture.


Now Open: Creative Saskatchewan Micro Budget
The Micro-Budget Feature Film Production Grant is now open to applicants. It's a great opportunity for emerging filmmakers to complete one of their first films. The deadline is Dec 20th at 4pm. Get your applications in now. Details.


Don’t Miss the 2018 SIFAs
The Fifth Annual Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA), presented by the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, is an annual event to support, showcase and celebrate Saskatchewan’s dynamic independent filmmaking community. The 2018 SIFA’s will be held Friday, November 23rd at Regina’s Artesian Theatre. The evening will begin with a screening of the nominated films and conclude with a hosted award ceremony. For more information, click here.


Nominees for the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Awards
SaskMusic announced the nominees for the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Awards. These awards honour excellence, and celebrate the achievements of the Saskatchewan music industry over the past year. The awards ceremony will take place in Regina on November 25 at The Exchange. Tickets are on sale now via www.showpass.com/saskmusicawards/.


A Profile of the Nonprofit Sector in Saskatchewan: An Overview
This report is the first in a series profiling the nonprofit sector and provides an overview of key characteristics of nonprofit organizations in the province of Saskatchewan. Additional reports will examine specific characteristics in greater detail. Find out more here.


Community Initiatives Fund: Call for Adjudication Committee Members
The Community Initiatives Fund is inviting applications from individuals throughout Saskatchewan who are interested in serving on one of four Adjudication Committees. The Adjudication Committees will be responsible for reviewing applications to the Community Grant Program and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board of Directors. To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by December 1, 2018. For more information, contact Matt Leisle at 306.780.9397 or mleisle@cifsask.org. For more details click here or for the fillable application Form.


Join the Conversation: Anti-Racism Engagement
The Department of Canadian Heritage is inviting Canadians to participate in an online survey on racism and discrimination as it relates to employment and income supports, social participation which includes access to arts, sport and leisure and justice. The deadline to participate in this survey is on Sunday, December 9, 2018. Canadian Heritage and the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) will be holding a consultation on developing an anti-racism strategy on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Saskatoon. For more information, visit the MCoS website.


Career Opportunities

  • Mann Art Gallery | Acting Gallery Educator | Details | Nov. 28
  • Parks, Culture and Sport, Agriculture and Tourism | Saskatchewanderer | Details | Nov.30
  • Persephone Theatre | General Manager | Details | Nov. 30
  • Persephone Theatre | Marketing Associate and Graphic Designer | Details | Nov. 30
  • University of Saskatchewan | Art & Art History Gallery Director | Details | Jan. 10

Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Board of Directors

Kathryn Ricketts– President
James Hodges – Vice President 
Risa Payant – Treasurer
Daniel Parr - Secretary
Kelley Jo Burke - Past President
Mary Blackstone – Member at Large
Rob Bos - Member at Large
Will Brooks - 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.