Wednesday, December 19, 2018

SAA Bulletin

December 2018

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In this issue...

  • Take Time to Advocate this Holiday Season
  • Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Holiday Office Hours
  • SAA Releases Research Report: the Effects of ArtSmarts on Former Students
  • Read the Latest Arts Work Article
  • Things we’ve been Reading…
  • Call to Visual Artists and Fine Craftspeople - Award Design
  • Creative Saskatchewan Micro Budget
  • Participate in the National Survey of the Canadian Cultural Sector Labour Force
  • Canada Council for the Arts: 2019 Annual Public Meeting
  • Twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee Launch New Series of Debates
  • Career Opportunities
  • Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Board of Directors

Take Time to Advocate this Holiday Season
During the holiday season many elected officials stay in their home ridings. Please include your MP and MLA in your social calendar. While bringing them season’s greetings, take the opportunity to share the good work you do and the many benefits the arts offer our province. Background information regarding the importance of the arts sector can be found under our Advocacy Hub and on the Key Points page of the SAA website.


Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Holiday Office Hours
On behalf of the SAA board of directors and staff, I wish you and yours a peaceful holiday season and a very happy new year. The SAA office will be closed Monday, December 24, 2018 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. 


SAA Releases Research Report: the Effects of ArtSmarts on Former Students
SAA commissioned Dianne Warren to write The Lasting Effects of Artist-Teacher Partnerships on Former Students of Broadview School. In 2004, Broadview School began a six-year journey with *ArtsSmarts Saskatchewan, a grant program that provided money for teachers to partner with professional artists in the classroom. This research aimed to discover whether the former students still think about the projects, and if so, how they think their participation might have affected their adult lives. Read it here.

*The Saskatchewan Arts Board still offers the ArtsSmarts program now called Artists in Schools.


Read the Latest Arts Work Article
SAA's Arts Work series highlights an arts organization making a positive impact in its community. This month we focus on Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre.​ This article was written by Dave Margoshes. 


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:

  • Artspond shared their first in a series of white papers on the evolution of Artse United, a proposed arts management platform cooperative providing robust digital tools for artists and companies in all disciplines. The first white paper features the results of market research and preliminary financial modelling for a Minimum Viable Platform that will be self-sustaining without public funding long-term.
  • CBC News article by Madeline Kotzer: New Lens on Life: Residents of Pinehouse in northern Saskatchewan are using photography to heal from trauma.
  • The Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE)​
    • The CDCE has published an initial reflection on artificial intelligence (AI) in order to identify the challenges and opportunities it raises for the diversity of cultural expressions and to propose ethical principles to guide its development in the cultural field. Read the full report here.
    • Last June, the Government of Canada appointed an expert panel to review the Broadcasting Act, the Telecommunications Act and the Radiocommunication Act. The committee of experts (Yale Committee), which is responsible for making recommendations for the revision of laws, consulted many creators and representatives of the cultural industries. The CDCE was heard by the Yale Committee during its visit to Montreal on October 25. On the same day, it published a letter calling for regulations adapted to the challenges of digital technology. Read the open letter here.

Call to Visual Artists and Fine Craftspeople - Award Design
The Saskatchewan Arts Board (SAB) invites all emerging and established visual artists and craftspeople who are residents of Saskatchewan to submit proposals for the award design for the Saskatchewan Arts Awards. The deadline for submissions is February 4, 2019. For more information, visit the SAB website.


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.


Participate in the National Survey of the Canadian Cultural Sector Labour Force
The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) and The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) are pleased to announce the launch of a national survey of the Canadian cultural sector labour force - the first of its kind since 2010 and the only current national research on the sector’s employers and workers. All cultural sector employers and individuals are invited to answer the survey’s questions.

For questions about the survey and/or the LMI Study, please contact CHRC’s LMI Project Manager, Grégoire Gagnon, at ggagnon@culturalhrc.ca.


Cultural Human Resources Council Announces Talent to Lead 3 Mid-Career Leaders
CHRC is pleased to announce the 20 successful cultural leaders in the third cohort of its Talent to Lead (T2L) program. Congratulations to everyone chosen including those from Saskatchewan: Damon Badger-Heit and Alejandra Coronel of SaskCulture. For more information, click here.


Canada Council for the Arts: 2019 Annual Public Meeting
The Canada Council for the Arts will host its Annual Public Meeting on January 15, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. EST. Chair, Pierre Lassonde, and Director and CEO, Simon Brault, will present highlights from 2018 and the Canada Council’s vision for the coming year. For more information, visit their website.


Twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee Launch New Series of Debates
The Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE) participated in the 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which met earlier in December at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. A new series of public debates entitled Create|2030 was launched, including a round table on artificial intelligence and its impact on the work of creators. 


Career Opportunities

  • Persephone Theatre | General Manager | Details | Dec.31
  • University of Saskatchewan | Art & Art History Gallery Director | Details | Jan. 10
  • Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan | Technical Director/House Technician | Details | Jan.
  • MacKenzie Art Gallery | Curatorial Assistant | Details | Jan. 14
  • Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame | Curator | Details | Jan.18

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