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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Publishing in a Pandemic by MacKenzie Hamon

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If we are reimagining this world, we can not only reach our readers where they are, but we can reimagine a system where we can offer not just financial support, but mental health support, and where we can afford to pay writers and staff a fair and living wage – allowing these agencies to fund publishers who have the capacity to publish the best Canadian writers of our time.Read the full story here! ... Read more »

Friday, May 15, 2020

Shaping the Stage by Kelsey Culbert

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Participation in theatre has allowed me to see that my body is capable, that my mind is able to quiet itself, and that people believe in me. We aren’t people just going on stage and saying, “Look at me, I’m disabled!” We are sending a message.Read the full Op-ed here.... Read more »

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Some Thoughts on Reconciliation and Canada 150 by Michel Boutin

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I’d like you to look at your feet. What are they touching? Is it earth, maybe wood? Most likely it is some form of laminate, polyester carpeting or concrete. How far do you actually have to go to touch the ground?For Indigenous people land is not seen in the abstract as a commodity for ownership, but as place. Place is occupied. Place is sovereign. Everything is interconnected. Everything. We are all connected to all our relations.There are 70 First Nations in Saskatchewan consisting of fi... Read more »

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Worth More Than the Minimum

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I am often reminded of how fortunate Canadian artists are to labour under our status quo; that is, a national fee schedule that articulates appropriate payment standards. In other national contexts, artists aren’t protected by a framework for best practices. Instead, pay-to-play (where the artist is required to pay for opportunities to exhibit their work) or play-for-free (where the artist receives zero remuneration for exhibiting or presenting) are typical, along with other exploitative m... Read more »

Monday, November 4, 2019

Learning Inside-Out by Krista Solheim

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I am a dancer, choreographer, body worker and teacher.  I am inspired by the uniqueness of how a single body moves through this world, the literal container for all that an individual has collected and accumulated over time, the physical and mental and emotional dimensions.Over the past 21 years, I have pursued an independent creative, performative and teaching dance practice. I have spent a considerable amount of time working with children through independent community projects across Cana... Read more »

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Flare Stack and the Dragon

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I moved to Kyoto from Regina to take care of my spiritual and psychological health while broadening my knowledge of Japanese culture and history. As someone who tries to make poems, I also wanted to expand the creative potential of my art. And to some extent it’s easy feel as though I’ve escaped myself: I can just walk up the street and stare into the eyes of the dragon painted on the ceiling of Bishamon-do, a Zen temple founded in 703 A.D., breathe in the incense, and listen to the ... Read more »

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Creative Power of Photographic Art: Finding My Passion

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Art is the most valued thing in the is the expression of the highest form of human energy, the creative power nearest to the divine. The power is within - the question is how to reach it.Arthur Wesley Dow​It’s the creative power of photographic art that gives us energy. Nellie Schnell, who I photographed, says that when she and her husband moved to St. Walberg, SK., she met people of many different ethnic backgrounds. As she got to know these people Nellie said “I f... Read more »

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Guaranteed Annual Income for Artists? For All?

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Guaranteed Annual Income for Artists and Writers? For All?(Note: the term Artist includes Writer in this article. In most legislation. Writers, though, do not always recognize themselves as Artists. So for you writers out there, you are included. )What if artists could focus on art without worrying about where the next rent cheque or the food bill or the next payment for last month's tour would come from?  Without worrying about the final report or the next grant deadline?  We'... Read more »

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Getting Paid for Your Art: The Challenges (and Rewards) of Creating Art Across Disciplines, Media, and Technology

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If you get paid to do something, you’re a professional.​It sounds like the punchline to a dirty joke or something scrolled across a bad motivational poster. But it’s also a discussion point when it comes to art. Where do you draw that line between creating because you love to create – and using your talent to pay the bills?As the Chair of the Saskatchewan Interactive Media Association I have been in contact with professional artists across the province, whose particular craft... Read more »

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What you’re erasing when you’re appropriating: A personal narrative

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It wasn’t until my early twenties that I was able to take pride in my Indigenous ancestry. This was no fault of my hard-working mother, who for the most part, raised us during her resilient pursuit of post-secondary education. A product of the residential school era, my mother, for no other reasons than one part luck and another timing, dodged the government’s initiative to “kill the Indian in the child.” Her older brothers and sisters, however, weren’t as lucky.I w... Read more »