Tuesday, September 15, 2015

SAA Bulletin

September 2015

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​In this issue...

Join Us: SAA’S Annual General Meeting and Community Forum
SAA Call for Nominations for Board of Directors
2015 Federal Budget Analysis
Arts Advocates, It's Time to Talk to Candidates! 
Read This Month’s Op-Ed on Hip-Hop in Music Education
Saskatchewan Arts Board Appoints Chief Executive Officer
Arts Board Welcomes Jay Kimball
Reminder Call for Applications: John Hobday Award
Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Board of Directors


JOIN US: SAA’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND COMMUNITY FORUM
Plan to attend SAA’s upcoming Annual General Meeting and Community Forum in Saskatoon on October 3rd at the Refinery. Don’t miss this opportunity to network and voice your views on what’s happening in the local arts community. RSVP to info@artsalliance.sk.ca or 306-780-9820.

11:00 am | Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 | The Refinery | 609 Dufferin Avenue | Saskatoon

We need your input and experience to help SAA’s Board of Directors shape our future initiatives. Everyone is welcome!


SAA CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
If you are interested in, or know of someone who is interested in serving as a director for the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, please forward your nomination to the Nominations Committee: c/o Saskatchewan Arts Alliance 1150 8th Avenue, Suite 101 Regina, SK S4R 1C9, or by email at president@artsalliance.sk.ca.


2015 FEDERAL BUDGET ANALYSIS: CULTURE AND ARTS STILL A LOW PRIORITY FOR THE GOVERNMENT
Today, the latest in a series of federal budget analyses was released. Published by the Canadian Conference of the Arts, Canadian Arts Coalition and Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, the analysis of the 2015 Federal Budget examines federal funding for the arts and culture sector for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The broad conclusion of this analysis is that while this pre-election budget does not contain any major changes to cultural funding by Ottawa, arts and culture do not figure amongst the political priorities of the government. It is imperative that arts and cultural organizations take advantage of the federal electoral campaign to advocate for support for the cultural sector and see which party will commit to doing so. Read more.


ARTS ADVOCATES, IT'S TIME TO TALK TO CANDIDATES! 
The Canadian Arts Coalition has contacted all the major parties running in the 2015 Federal Election with five important questions about the future of the arts in Canada. As of this posting, the Canadian Arts Coalition has received responses from the Green Party, the Liberal Party and the NDP. To view these questions and responses.


READ THIS MONTH’S OP-ED ON HIP-HOP IN MUSIC EDUCATION
Chris Merk, also known as Merky Waters, a Regina Saskatchewan based Hip-Hop producer, DJ, beat boxer and educator, wrote this month’s Op-Ed entitled My Music Education - Outside of Tradition. In his article Merk explores the need for music education programs to broaden their horizons to include all forms of music present in contemporary society.


SASKATCHEWAN ARTS BOARD APPOINTS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SAA welcomes Michael Jones, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Arts Board, who begins his tenure on October 13, 2015. We look forward to working with you. To read more.


ARTS BOARD WELCOMES JAY KIMBALL
Also congratulations to Jay Kimball who recently joined the Arts Board as the program consultant for community engagement. For more information.


REMINDER CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: JOHN HOBDAY AWARD
The John Hobday Award in Arts Management offers up to two awards of $10,000 annually to established and mid-career arts managers. Check out the details and guidelines and apply before September 30, 2015! For more information contact Sarah Brown at 1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414 ext. 6004.


SASKATCHEWAN ARTS ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kelley Jo Burke – President
Marcus Miller – Vice President
Pamela Haig-Bartley – Past President
Yvette Nolan – Treasurer
Shelley Ewing – Secretary
Tarin Hughes – Member at Large
Heather Ritenburg – Member at Large
 
The Saskatchewan Arts Alliance is a non-profit coalition of arts organizations that 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.