Board

Daniel Parr received an English degree from the University of Regina in 2008, and has dedicated his adult life to the arts community in Saskatchewan. With almost ten years of experience as a program manager for SaskBooks, he has traveled the length and breadth of the province (and beyond) promoting Saskatchewan publishers and books. Six years sitting on the board of the Saskatchewan Book Awards, three as the Chair, provided further opportunities to champion books. Experience with serving on juries and advisory groups rounds out his experience of the arts ecology of the province.

Jaime Boldt is a dedicated member of the Saskatchewan community who is committed to a personal and professional life rooted in holistic, collaborative and humanizing approaches. Jaime holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy with an undergrad in Human Justice. Jaime is a champion for vulnerable populations and those without access. She has received a number of awards for her work in this area both locally and nationally. Jaime has held various strategic and leadership roles in provincial not-for-profits as well as the Saskatchewan government.

Her unique combination of education and experience laid the groundwork to open her own consulting business which she operated for 8 years. With a strong knowledge and background of not-for-profits, she provided support and guidance in development, sustainability and governance to groups across western Canada. Jaime currently is the Executive Director of Globe Theatre, a recently created position within the organization. She also sits on the Saskatchewan Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Board of Directors and continues to teach and facilitate in the practice of restorative justice at the University of Regina and Athol Murray College of Notre Dame

Mary Blackstone (Professor Emerita, Department of Theatre, University of Regina; Director, Centre for the Study of Script Development) serves as Director of the Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research. She has overseen both the evolution of the partnership and several research projects including Understanding the Arts Ecology of Saskatchewan, which involved the first comprehensive survey of Saskatchewan artists in 2014. She is also past Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Regina and a current or past board member for several other provincial arts organizations,  Since 2000 she has served as Director of the Centre for the Study of Script Development, and she is also the Chair of the Steering Committee for On Cue Performance Hub, a new shared platform in Regina devoted to serving the performing arts community.

She has worked as a professional dramaturg with playwrights and directors in the development of new dramatic work for stage, screen and new media. She is also a published scholar concerned with the role of artists in place-making --both historically in early modern England and also through cultural and economic networks in contemporary  Saskatchewan.

Tara Janzen is the Director of Development for the Remai Modern, a new museum of modern and contemporary art that opened in Saskatoon in 2017. She and her team are responsible for generating revenue for the museum through donations, sponsorship, grants, membership and special events. Prior to joining Remai Modern, Tara served as Director of Development for Wanuskewin. During her tenure at Wanuskewin, she led the Thundering Ahead capital campaign and UNESCO World Heritage application process and contributed to raising more than $40M for the institution. 

An active contributor to community arts and culture, Tara was a founding board member of Saskatoon’s Nuit Blanche Contemporary Arts festival. She is past chair of Heritage Saskatchewan and has served on Saskatoon’s Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee. Tara’s career spans a variety of industries including finance, government relations, administration and fundraising for cultural and contemporary arts institutions and boards, and sharing her skills and networks to hold space for artists to be artists.

Tara has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is currently completing graduate work, both at the University of Saskatchewan. Raised in a culturally-mixed home, Tara has parental ties to India and settler Saskatchewan.

Jeff Morton (he/him) is a media artist, curator, and musician based in rural southeast Saskatchewan, on Treaty 2 territory, land of the Blackfoot, Anishinabewaki, Assiniboine, and Sioux, and the traditional homeland of the Métis Nation.

As an artist and composer, Jeff’s work integrates music and media art, exploring themes of sound-making, communication, and transcription. Drawing on traditional instruments, found musical objects, natural materials, and technology, his performances and installations have been presented in galleries, festivals, and showcases across Canada and internationally over the past 20 years.

Jeff is currently the Director and Curator of the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Newsletter Editor for CARFAC SASK, and Co-Artistic Director of of-the-now, an artist collective based in Victoria, BC. Over the past 15 years, Jeff has also worked with arts organizations such as the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian New Music Network, Zula Presents, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, SK Arts, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre, Holophon Audio Arts, Open Space, and the University of Victoria, among others.

Dr. Kathryn Ricketts has been working for the past 30 years in the field of dance and visual arts, presenting throughout Europe, South America, Africa and Canada. Her work in schools, galleries and community centers focuses on social/political issues with dance, creative writing and visual art as the mobilizing ‘voice’. Her Doctoral research furthered this into areas of literacy, embodiment and cultural studies with a method she coins Embodied Poetic Narrative. She is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education in the University of Regina as the chair of the Dance area. She will be launching "The Listening Lab", a visual and performing arts series in her loft in the John Deere Tractor Building this Fall. 

Staff

Em Ironstar
Executive Director
306-780-9824
director@artsalliance.sk.ca
Jessica Riess
Communications & Outreach Officer
306-780-9820
outreach@artsalliance.sk.ca
Barbara Meneley
Research Officer
306-780-9835
research@artsalliance.sk.ca