Research

Artist Registry

Artist Registry

If you are an artist – avocational or professional – living in Saskatchewan, we invite you to sign up for the Artist Registry and help us with our research projects. 

The registry will be kept confidential, for SAA arts research purposes only. People might be contacted to participate in one of our research projects.

By registering your name, you will help strengthen our work.

Current Research

Fine Arts and Arts Education Resources at Saskatchewan Universities 

Paul Gingrich has completed his report Fine Arts and Arts Education Resources at Saskatchewan Universities, 2018 Update. This report documents changes in fine arts and arts education resources in the province's universities from approximately 2001 to 2017. It updates and complements the SAA's similar reports of 2015 and 2014.

2018 Update Overview: The number of degrees awarded in fine arts and arts education at the two universities has not changed dramatically over the last ten years, although there were recent declines in the number of Media, Art, and Performance degrees at the University of Regina. Undergraduate enrolment in fine arts disciplines, after a long period of relative stability, declined at the University of Regina and its federated colleges but, in the last two years, enrolments have partially recovered; Arts Education has been able to maintain greater stability in student enrolment. At the University of Saskatchewan, undergraduate enrolment in fine arts and arts education has been relatively steady over many years, with small declines over the last two years. Graduate enrolment in fine arts disciplines has increased and kept pace with the growth in overall graduate enrolment at each university. Resources for the fine arts, in terms of the number of faculty members and budgets, have generally been maintained at the University of Saskatchewan but the number of University of Regina faculty members in fine arts has declined in recent years. As the two universities have expanded, the share of resources devoted to the fine arts has fallen. Thus the picture is mixed – declines in some areas of the fine arts at the University of Regina, with relative stability in arts education at the two universities and in the fine arts at the University of Saskatchewan. One conclusion that was drawn in the SAA's 2015 report remains a conclusion here – resources for fine arts units have not grown in step with expansion of the universities.

Note: This report is part of a series, each updating and building on the last. All reports in the series are available here:  

When Artists Go to School: Effective Teacher-Artist Partnerships in K-12 SchoolsA Discussion Paper with Recommendations commissioned by the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance by Dianne Warren December 11, 2017

Increasingly, artists and the cultural community are participating in the formal arts education of students through various programs or agreements. Of the many ways for artists to work with school students and teachers, this paper focuses on co-designed teacher-artist partnership projects that take place primarily in the classroom over a period of time. The working relationship between teachers and artists has been identified as a key factor in achieving long-term impact, but questions remain about what an effective partnership entails, and what can be built into such programs to encourage effective working partnerships.

Future Innovators: Developing Creativity Through K-12 Arts Education in Saskatchewan Schools

How do we instill a creative spirit and the tools to be creative in our young people before they graduate from high school and move on to the work force or post-secondary education?

In this report for the SAA, Dianne Warren explores contemporary thoughts about creativity; involvement in the arts as an effective way to develop the prerequisite skills and abilities for innovative practice; the STEM to STEAM movement; innovative programs in other jurisdictions that might provide ideas for Saskatchewan; and the current environment in Saskatchewan related to school policy, curriculum and programs in the arts.

Saskatchewan's Arts Ecology

Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research (SPAR)

SAA has been an active partner in the Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research (SPAR) and the Understanding the Arts Ecology of Saskatchewan research project.

SPAR reports, publications, and presentations are available at the SPAR website's Reports and Resources page: 

SPAR has produced unique, local research into artists and the arts in Saskatchewan. It also generated interest in similar research across the prairire provinces. To that end, SAA contributed to the Letter-of-Intent application process in pursuit of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) partnership grant ($2.5 million over 7 years). SAA’s Executive Director was identified as the Convener of the project’s Saskatchewan Advisory Council. Ultimately the project did not receive funding, however, the process of applying, strengthened arts research networks and collaboration across the three Prairie Provinces.