Monday, September 10, 2012

SAA Bulletin

September 2012

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In this issue…

  • CREATIVE INDUSTRY CONSULTATIONS
  • SASKATCHEWAN ARTIST REGISTRY
  • SAA COMMUNITY FORUM AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
  • JOIN US FRIDAY, SEPTMEBER 28TH FOR A CULTURE DAYS CULTURE CRAWL
  • SAA PARTNERS WITH EASTEND T.REX DISCOVERY CENTRE FOR CULTURE DAYS EVENT

CREATIVE INDUSTRY CONSULTATIONS
On July 18th, the Government of Saskatchewan announced details of a consultation process for the Creative Industries. The intent of these consultations is to create a comprehensive strategy that advances the commercial aspect of the Creative Industries with plans to adopt emerging digital technologies.

The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is leading the consultations with the support of the Ministry of Economy and the help of a Creative Industry Cabinet Committee consisting of MLAs Mark Doherty, Laura Ross, Jennifer Campeau and Darryl Hickie. This Committee was asked by the Premier to assist with the consultations and aid in gathering information.

A discussion paper with key questions can be found on their website. Those interested in participating in the discussion are asked to visit the website, read the discussion paper, and leave their feedback before September 15, 2012.

Using these online submissions as a springboard, the Ministry will host focus groups in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert in October. The focus group discussions will be evening meetings intended to build on the themes and feedback collected through the online discussions with the goal of building a strategy. The Creative Industry Cabinet Committee will be in attendance at these sessions. Focus group participants will be recruited from the on-line submissions, industry associations and various networks. As well, anyone engaged in commercial cultural product production and interested in participating in a focus group may contact Susan Hetu at susan.hetu@gov.sk.ca.

According to the news release, the consultations will explore concepts like pulling creative enterprises under a common umbrella, new uses for the production studios, a non-refundable tax credit and other ideas such as how to create a critical mass, how to collaborate and innovate using digital technology and how to partner and make sustainable investments in the future.

Minister Doherty believes that "these consultations will position the creative industries to be part of the province's Growth Agenda which is important to strengthening our quality of life and building an even stronger Saskatchewan."

SASKATCHEWAN ARTIST REGISTRY
Are you an artist living in Saskatchewan? Are you 18 years and older? Sign in to our Artist Registry. Why, To help us with our research projects. We are inviting all artists, avocational to professional, to register.

The registry will be kept confidential, for SAA arts research purposes only. You might be contacted to participate in one of our research projects.
SAA believes that research on the Saskatchewan arts sector is important to helping us advance the arts in Saskatchewan. By registering your name, you will help strengthen our work. For More Information.

SAA COMMUNITY FORUM AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Join us at our Annual General Meeting and Community Forum. This event is a great opportunity to network with other artists and arts organizations. It is also an opportunity to express your thoughts on the issues that matter most to help our Board of Directors shape our future initiatives.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 | The MacKenzie Art Gallery | 3475 Albert Street | Regina, SK
The forum begins at 11:00 am followed by a catered lunch and the AGM. Please RSVP to help us plan for catering.

If you are interested in, or know of someone who is interested in serving as a director, please forward the names to the Nominations Committee:
c/o Saskatchewan Arts Alliance | 1150 8th Avenue, Suite 101 | Regina, SK S4R 1C9
email: info@artsalliance.sk.ca
phone: 780-9820

JOIN US FRIDAY, SEPTMEBER 28TH FOR A CULTURE DAYS CULTURE CRAWL
Please join us on Friday, September 28th to celebrate Culture Days with a Culture Crawl! This event will include CARFAC SASK, OSAC, The Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild, and the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance. Come out and enjoy hands-on cultural activities, find out who we are and what we do, and be entertained by local artists.

The Culture Crawl will begin at 10 am at the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance office located on 1150 8th Avenue, Suite 101.

SAA PARTNERS WITH EASTEND T.REX DISCOVERY CENTRE FOR CULTURE DAYS EVENT
Join us Thursday, September 27 and Saturday, September 29th for fun arts and science activities at the T.rex Discovery Centre in Eastend, Saskatchewan for Scotty the T.rex’s Big Day of Arts and Science

Thursday, September 27
7 p.m. Screening of the film 'Sisu - The Death of Tom Sukanen' followed by a talk with Filmmaker Chrystene Ells.
Saturday, September 29
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Dino Stories
Write and illustrate your own children’s dinosaur picture book with writer Kelly-Anne Riess. Ages 7 - 13.
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Button Bee with the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance
Create a buzz and make your own wearable art. Bring your ideas about why the arts matter to you, and get them on a button!
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Slime Camp
Learn to make your own tar pit ooze, dinosaur snot and glow-in-the dark slime. Ages 7 - 13.