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October 2013

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October 2013

In this issue…

SAA WELCOMES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND SAYS FAREWELL TO THREE
SAA COMMUNITY FORUM AND PANEL DISCUSSION SPEAK UP: A CALL TO ACTION
CREATIVE SASKATCHEWAN SEEKS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
RBC FOUNDATION DONATES TO REMAI ART GALLERY EMERGING ARTISTS PROGRAM
SAA AND SWG HOST A CALL TO CREATE: A MANIFESTO WORKSHOP WITH PATRICK CLOSE
CULTURE DAYS BUTTON BEE HELD IN YORKTON AT THE GODFREY DEAN CULTURAL CENTRE
JUDITH SILVERTHORNE SPEAKS TO THE CHALLENGES FACING WRITERS IN THE PROVINCE
SASKATCHEWAN ARTS ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS



   

SAA WELCOMES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND SAYS FAREWELL TO THREE
SAA is pleased to welcome Kelley Jo Burke, Chrystene Ells, Shelley Ewing, Bart Gazzola, and Yvette Nolan to the board of directors. We also say farewell and thank-you to Cynthia Dyck, and Amy Nelson Mile who both volunteered their time and their expertise to the SAA over the past many years.



   

SAA COMMUNITY FORUM AND PANEL DISCUSSION SPEAK UP: A CALL TO ACTION
On Saturday, September 21, the SAA hosted a community forum as part of their AGM programming. Concerns were brought forward about the U of S College of Education removing arts out of the curriculum, a problem exasperated by the funding cut suffered by the Saskatchewan Arts Education Collective. One organization posed the question about funding discrepancies between similar arts organizations, while another person in attendance voiced that the province must be made aware that arts organizations provide a public service. More details to follow.

The SAA also presented Speak Up: A Call to Action featuring panelists Madeleine Blais-Dahlem, award-winning playwright and vice president of La Troupe du Jour; Charlie Clark, Saskatoon City Councillor of Ward 8; and Grant McConnell, visual artist and president of CARFAC National.

Moderated by Marcus Miller, panelists discussed their experiences and current campaigns with arts advocacy and shared tips on how to speak to policy makers. Examples of these tips include recruiting those in a different sector to advocate for your cause, to keep other points of view in mind when advocating, and to never underestimate the power of the administration staff of the policy maker



   

CREATIVE SASKATCHEWAN SEEKS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
A Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) is wanted to work collaboratively with the Board of Directors of Creative Saskatchewan to create the mission and vision of the organization and to develop and implement its strategic plan. Reporting to the Board of Directors and located in Regina, the CEO of Creative Saskatchewan will be responsible for managing the distribution strategy of Creative Saskatchewan’s multi-million dollar annual fund and leading the operational functions of the agency.

To explore the opportunity in further detail, please contact Lisa Heidman LL.B., Senior Client Partner at lheidman@bedfordgroup.com and Deborah Magidson, Principal at dmagidson@bedfordgroup.com. A detailed copy of the confidential position profile will be provided to all candidates under consideration.



   

RBC FOUNDATION DONATES TO REMAI ART GALLERY EMERGING ARTISTS PROGRAM
Saskatoon — RBC Foundation announced today a $250,000 donation for the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan and its Artists by Artists mentorship program. In recognition, the mentorship program will be named, for 10 years, RBC Artists by Artists.



   

SAA AND SWG HOST A CALL TO CREATE: A MANIFESTO WORKSHOP WITH PATRICK CLOSE
As part of a cultural hub with CARFAC SASK and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, the SAA with the Writers’ Guild presented A Call to Create: Manifesto Workshop with Patrick Close. This workshop gathered a small group of individuals to explore some examples from history, discuss the concepts of advocacy and intentionality, and to create and share our own manifesti.



   

CULTURE DAYS BUTTON BEE HELD IN YORKTON AT THE GODFREY DEAN CULTURAL CENTRE
Along with A Call to Create: A Manifesto Workshop with Patrick Close, the SAA traveled to the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery in Yorkton on Sunday, September 29 to celebrate  Culture Days with a button bee. While there, the SAA met and conversed with many members of the community.



   

JUDITH SILVERTHORNE SPEAKS TO THE CHALLENGES FACING WRITERS IN THE PROVINCE
Check out the latest SAA Op-Ed article , Challenges Facing Saskatchewan Wrtiers featuring award winning writer Judith Silverthorne: More often than not, only a handful of family and friends appear for these events, whereas before the writing community as a whole would be present to cheer one another on. Somehow we’ve lost touch with the community spirit support, the solidarity that once prevailed in being there for the ‘team.’



   

SASKATCHEWAN ARTS ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mary Blackstone
Kelly Jo Burke
Chrystene Ells
Shelley Ewing
Terry Fenton
Bart Gazzola
Pamela Haig Bartley
Marcus Miller
Yvette Nolan
Gordon Pepper>

The Saskatchewan Arts Alliance is a non-profit coalition of arts organizations provides a collective voice for the arts in Saskatchewan. Established in 1984, SAA advocates on issues such as public funding of the arts, freedom of expression and artists’ working conditions.