2015 Archives

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Making space for Saskatoon artists: artSpace eyes the bus barns

Saskatoon has a thriving, vibrant arts community, but it's missing purpose-built, dedicated makerspace, and artSpace aims to change that. Ashleigh Mattern is a Saskatoon-based writer, editor, and entrepreneur. She has been working as a freelance journalist, copy writer, and copy editor since 2007, specializing in arts and culture features. She regularly contributes to the CARFAC Saskatchewan Newsletter, and often writes about arts-related stories in many local publications, inc

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Is Tradition Limiting Music Education?

The musical tree has many branches and it's up to those who are passionate about each branch to keep it vibrant and alive. Allen McWilliams is a music teacher with Regina Public Schools. He is in his thirteenth year of teaching. On the side of his eduction career, Allen feels lucky to be able to perform with several musical groups in the Regina Area. Allen is an active member of the “Pile of Bones Brass Band, The New Montagues, and the Queen City Brass Band” He has also h

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

My Music Education - Outside of Tradition

By looking at forms of music education outside traditional models such as those created through technology, an understanding of music is increased.  Chris Merk, also known as Merky Waters, is a Regina Saskatchewan based Hip-Hop producer, DJ, beat boxer and educator. He has been DJing in Regina since 1998 and producing Hip-Hop music since 2001, recording and performing with fellow Saskatchewan artists Def 3, Eekwol, InfoRed and many more. Along with his musical production and perform

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Open Letter from Members of the Arts Community to the Arts Board

Last March, one of the province’s most well respected arts administrators: Jeremy Morgan resigned as interim CEO of Saskatchewan Arts Board (SAB) – just three months after his appointment. SAB Board Member Ranjan Thakre quickly resigned and stepped in as Interim CEO until a qualified CEO could be found. These events sent a chill throughout the arts community so the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance invited the SAB to two very well attended public forums to clear the air. People care deeply

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lead by Example: Cut the Cord

Emily is proof that art opens doors in the mind. It allows children to wander within themselves and sort out life in their own way; confidently.  Dawn Brown is a Communications Consultant based in Regina, Saskatchewan. She worked in the Saskatchewan Film and Televisions industry prior to moving into Communications. She proudly chairs the Board of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society and sits as a member of the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Communications Committee. Dawn is c

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Rope of Sand: Change in Saskatchewan`s Creative Economy

Did working toward developing an agency like Creative Saskatchewan alleviate the worry and fear in the arts and cultural sector? It didn`t.  Jillian Bell is a writer and editor who lives in the Qu’Appelle Valley. She was part of the working group whose work helped set up Creative Saskatchewan. She is a Co-Executive Director with SaskBooks, the provincial creative industry association for book publishers in Saskatchewan. She has worked on arts and culture juries at the municipa

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