Tuesday, July 10, 2007

SAA Bulletin

July 2007

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In this issue…
  • Summer Hours
  • Status of the Artist Advocacy Alert
  • SAA Annual General Meeting
  • Capturing Our Value: Arts Indicators
  • Government Relations
  • SAA Board of Directors


SUMMER HOURS
Please note that the SAA office will be closed from July 12th to 27th.

STATUS OF THE ARTIST ADVOCACY ALERT
There is still time to register your disappointment and frustration at the stalling of Bill No. 68, The Status of the Artist Act, 2007. Please let your members know about this advocacy alert as well.

Government and the Opposition claim the legislation can be returned to the fall legislative session and given high priority. Help us insist they live up to this commitment. Information on the advocacy alert and a sample letter can be found at http://www.artsalliance.sk.ca/?p=home&id=33. General information on status of the artist is available on the advocacy page of this website.

SAA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SAA holds its AGM on Saturday, September 29th, 2007 at The Refinery in Saskatoon. Join your fellow colleagues and the SAA Board to discuss current issues and help shape future initiatives. If you are interested in, or know of someone who is interested in serving as a director, please forward the names to:
Nominations Committee
Saskatchewan Arts Alliance
205A 2314-11 Ave.
Regina, Sk. S4P 0K1
Email: info@artsalliance.sk.ca
Phone: 780-9820

CAPTURING OUR VALUE: ARTS INDICATORS
In conjunction with the AGM, SAA is offering a workshop on arts indicators led by Nancy Duxbury. The workshop will address questions such as what is it that we would like to know? How is the information gathered and used? How do we capture the intrinsic value of the arts?

Nancy Duxbury is co-founder of the Creative City Network of Canada, a national non-profit organization that operates as a knowledge sharing, research, public education, and professional development hub for municipal cultural development in Canada. Nancy is also the Director of the Creative City Network's Centre of Expertise on Culture and Communities, and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
SAA received a letter from the Hon. Sandra Morin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Recreation in response to a letter SAA sent to Premier Calvert earlier this year. SAA plans to discuss the issue of arts funding raised in the letter and moving Bill No. 68 forward when we meet with Minister Morin in July.

SAA received a letter from Mr. Glenn Hagel, former Minister of CYR, reviewing advances for the status of artists gained under his term as minister, and acknowledging the efforts of arts advocates, advisory committee members, government officials and politicians in development of legislation.