Thursday, February 21, 2008

SAA Bulletin

February 2008

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In this issue…
    2008 Arts Congress: Valuing The Arts
    SAA Board of Directors

Some may have noticed that there is a new voice on the phone at the SAA offices these days. This voice belongs to Mandi Barnett, who will be serving as the SAA’s Executive Assistant through February and March as part of a Student Employment Experience Program. Mandi recently graduated from the University of Regina with a B.A. in English.

Save this date! SAA's Annual General Meeting will be on September 20th, 2008.

Susan Hetu, Director of the Cultural Policy Branch at TPCS is now also Acting Executive Director of Culture and Heritage. The Executive Director position should be advertised in the near future.

May 2nd and 3rd
Wascana Centre, Regina

Valuing the Arts is the theme of the 2008 Arts Congress. Anyone with an interest in the arts is encouraged to attend, whether you are an artist, board member, patron or administrator. Program highlights include a talk from Poet Laureate Bob Currie, and the popular “Stories from the Art,” in which Saskatchewan artists share stories about their lives and their work.

First Nations poet Lee Maracle is our featured luncheon speaker on Saturday, May 3rd. This talk, which will touch on arts and advocacy, promises to be enticing and captivating.

SAA is especially pleased to announce that the Honourable Christine Tell, Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture, and Sport will speak on Friday evening. SAA is delighted to be able to share the opportunity to hear Minister Tell discuss her vision for the arts.

Registration forms will be mailed out soon and also posted on the SAA website. Bursaries are available for professional artists to attend the Congress.

The SAA has joined the social networking world of facebook. If you wish to be involved in discussions regarding the status of the artist or other arts issues, join our group to interact with other individuals who value the arts in Saskatchewan. Simply log into facebook and do a search for “Saskatchewan Arts Alliance”.

Kim Houghtaling, President
Don Kerr, Acting Vice-President
Amy Nelson-Mile, Secretary
Cynthia Dyck, Treasurer
Skip Kutz, Past President
Lee Henderson
Susan McKenzie
Brenda Sherring
Amy Thibodeau