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SAA Community Forum and AGM Moves Online: Date Announced
Join us for our online Community Forum and Annual General Meeting to be held September 23, 2 – 4 pm. Stay tuned for more details!

The Arts Alliance is looking for nominations to our 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

SAA’s Advocacy Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic
Here at the SAA we recognize the enormous toll the pandemic is taking on our community and hope to help in any way we can. Following the organizational survey we did in April, we are asking organizations to provide us with information about the medium and long term impacts of COVID-19. Please respond to the email we sent on July 21 and expect a phone call in the next month.

The artists and organizations surveys we did in March along with our current one will give us the information we need to do an analysis of COVID-19 effects on the Sask. arts ecosystem. The analysis will be used to write a position paper that will be given to the government in September and inform our advocacy leading up to the provincial election on October 26th. In 2021, we plan to do an extensive artist survey – similar to the one the Sask. Partnership for Arts Research did in 2014.

Overwhelmed by Covid-19 Information?  Check out our Curated Covid-19 Resource List
SAA updates our Covid-19 Resource Page regularly. You will be able to find resources pertaining to funding relief, grants, federal and provincial responses, online arts and culture events, and much more. If you have a question, maybe there is an answer in our resource list. 
Check Out Our Latest Series Covid Visions by Steven Ross Smith 
Check out our latest series Covid Visions by poet and arts writer Steven Ross Smith. Each story highlights Saskatchewan artists or arts organizations facing the strange reality of Covid-19. Our first story, Isolation in Country & Town features Painter Laureen Marchand and Writer/Curator Paul Seesequasis. "Disorientation, isolated days, wider distances, tighter belts, slower pace. Artists are adjusting and carrying on creating, while waiting for the new, though unpredictable, ‘normal’." Read the full story here.

Read this Month’s Arts Work Article on Saskatchewan Festival of Words
Saskatchewan Festival of Words strives to present an online program that faithful festival goers will recognize. Writer Carle Steel shows how this COVID crisis has given us a rare opportunity to see how important the arts really are. Read the full article here.
SAA with National Arts Sector Advocates for Much-Needed Emergency Support
Throughout the pandemic, SAA has been working with a like-minded group of arts organizations from across Canada to respond to the pandemic. On June 16, this COVID-19 ASO Response Group submitted a joint letter to government officials, including Minister of Canadian Heritage Guilbeault and Minister of Finance Morneau, outlining the dire impacts of the pandemic on our sector and advocating for continued supports for arts and culture.

As arts service organizations representing broad constituencies, we stand together in solidarity with individuals, networks and organizations to advocate the centrality of arts in our society and create a path forward out of the COVID-19 crisis for the arts and culture ecosystem of Canada. We will continue to work together to advocate for our sector. Read more here

Renew Your SAA Membership Today
Memberships to the SAA expired May 31, 2020. Membership is open to all arts organizations, practicing artists and individuals that support the SAA’s mandate. To renew or to become a member for the first time, click here.

Phase 2 Announced: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations
Minister Guilbeault announced the final details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of the $500-million fund, announced earlier this year. This final component helps address some of the gaps that have been identified by the industry across Canada since the fund was first implemented. Thus, the second phase provides support to other organizations, some of which do not normally receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada or the Canada Media Fund. The goal is still to help maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations whose viability has been affected.

This final component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations will be distributed through grants and contributions as follows:
  • $45 million through the Canada Periodical Fund to assist free magazines and weekly newspapers, including those that serve official-language minority or ethnocultural communities;
  • $25 million distributed through partners to assist independent news and community radio broadcasters;
  • $20 million to Musicaction and FACTOR to help presenters in the live music sector;
  • $2.5 million to support producers of content in a language other than English or French through the Canada Media Fund; and
  • $52.1 million to various arts and culture organizations that do not normally receive funding from Canadian Heritage programs and/or did not receive funding during Phase 1. This amount will be provided as follows:
  • $8.2 million for the arts sector;
  • $27.8 million for the audiovisual and digital media sector;
  • $5 million for the music industry;
  • $10 million for the publishing sector; and
  • $1 million for arts and culture organizations that serve official-language communities.
Extension of Emergency Commercial Rental Assistance program
Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) will be extended by one month to cover eligible small business rents for July. This program’s eligibility is open to nonprofits and charities. 

Emergency Response Fund for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Individuals Working in the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts, the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, the Indigenous Screen Office, and the Inuit Art Foundation announced June 30, 2020 the creation of Community Cares: Emergency Response Fund for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Individuals Working in the Arts, a new time-limited emergency response fund to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals working in the arts and culture sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indigenous communities have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a special fund devised to provide immediate support to Indigenous artists and cultural workers adversely affected by the pandemic. Deadline Sept. 15, 2020. For more information, click here.
Share your ideas with the Canada Council for the Arts and help spread the word
The Canada Council for the Arts would like to invite you to help shape the Council’s next five-year strategic plan.  This is a disruptive period for the whole arts community—one which brings challenges, but also one which is prompting reflection and dialogue, and which offers the opportunity to take meaningful action. The survey should only take 15-25 minutes to complete and will provide the Council with valuable input to shape our future priorities, plans, and actions to support the arts in Canada.

The Canada Council for the Arts invites you to complete the online survey at and to use #ReimagineTheArts on your social media accounts. The deadline to complete the survey is August 21, 2020. 

City of Saskatoon: Call for Artist
The City of Saskatoon invites emerging artists in all disciplines to apply for a six-month residency at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. Studios are available for two artists or artist teams who wish to create work inspired by the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. The deadline to apply is 4:30 pm, August 7, 2020. For information please visit

Wanuskewin Galleries Launches Artist-in-Residence Program
Wanuskewin Galleries is proud to launch their Artist-in-Residence program and is accepting applications immediately. Amid the global pandemic, the Galleries have the opportunity to work with Indigenous artists remotely, through virtual residencies. Funded by RBC Emerging, the AIR opportunity provides artists from Canada with the time and space to generate new ideas, showcase their creative practice, build their body of work, and connect with individuals around Saskatoon and beyond. To learn more and apply, visit

BlackFlash Magazine is accepting applications to join their Board of Directors.
BlackFlash fosters critical discourse and thoughtful engagement with contemporary art practice from a distinctive prairie perspective. BlackFlash is published in Saskatoon by Buffalo Berry Press, a registered not-for-profit corporation with charitable status. Apply by August 1. Find more details here.

The Urgent Need for Arts Education in Pandemic Recovery
In 19 recent, digital roundtables, Canadian Network for Arts and Learning learned that many fear (with good reason) that the effects of social distancing, so essential for controlling the pandemic, will effectively eliminate the arts from post-pandemic school programming and obstruct efforts of community organizations to restore arts programs to their previous vitality. Urgent and sustained advocacy is needed to avert the worst of these imminent dangers. Read how you can take action here.

Critical Stabilization Funding For the Nonprofit Sector
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has yet to propose policies or assistance aimed at providing core support to the charitable and nonprofit sector. Imagine Canada is urging the federal government to implement a Sector Resilience Grant Program that would provide a vital lifeline to ensure charities and nonprofits can continue to support communities.

Take just 60 seconds (or less) to amplify their ask by sending a letter to the PM and your MP. (If you’ve already signed please support by sharing!) Find out more here.
CIF Proceeds with October 1, 2020 Deadline
Thanks to an Emergency Pandemic Response Gaming Grant of $5 million from the Government of Saskatchewan the Community Initiatives Fund is able to proceed with its regular October 1 application deadline. This one-time grant to the CIF is intended to help offset the loss of more than $8 million the CIF expected to receive this year due to the temporary closure of Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw due to COVID-19. The grant to the CIF will allow them to continue providing funding through their regular Community Grant Program to support the delivery of programs and services in communities throughout Saskatchewan. View the guidelines.

SaskCulture Board of Directors Nominations Extended
SaskCulture has extended the deadline for nominations to the Board of Directors. Applicants now have until August 1 to submit an application. From the floor applications will still be accepted at the Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled for Friday, September 11. To submit an application, click here.

Impact Stories from I Lost My Gig Canada
I Lost My Gig Canada, is a space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share stories in response to COVID-19 pandemic and growing income precarity in Canada. Share your story or read more here.

While researching at the SAA, we discover a lot of interesting information and we like to share some of it with you. 

WEBINAR | Basic Income: Towards Gender Equity - In this recorded webinar recording from Tamarack Institute, a panel of extraordinary female researchers, organizers and advocates explored Basic Income as an important strategy in gender equity actions.

From Canadian Art: Thoughts of Liberation - Black scholars, activists and artists respond to the present "moment"—Christina Battle, Dionne Brand, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Chantal Gibson, El Jones, Anique Jordan, Robyn Maynard, Charmaine Nelson, Christina Sharpe and Kara Springer.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

  • New Initiative & Diversity Grant | Saskatchewan Drama Association | on-going | Details
  • Creative Sask | on-going | Details
  • Canada Council for the Arts | Deadline Schedule
  • Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant | Ongoing | Details
  • Canada Cultural Spaces Fund | Ongoing | Details

  • Gallery Facilitators | MacKenzie Art Gallery | July 23 | Details
  • Producer | National Film Board | July 24 | Details
  • Accountant | MacKenzie Art Gallery | July 27 | Details
  • Publicist / Digital Marketing Manager | The Secret Mountain | August 3 | Details
  • Executive Director | SK Filmpool Cooperative | August 12 | Details
  • Artistic Director | Tarragon Theatre | September 4 | Details

  • Americana Music Association |Thriving Roots: A Virtual Community Music Conference | September 16 – 18 | Details
  • SSO for You - Online content from the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
  • Open House Live Stream Series | SaskMusic | Details
  • List of Canadian Live Streams | CBC Music | Details
  • 2020-21 Regina Symphony Orchestra season

  • Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan YouTube Channel | Details
  • Social Distancing Festival | Website
  • National Theatre at Home | Watch
  • Theatre On-Call | Details

  • SK Filmpool Cooperative | Cinematography Workshop with Kim Derko | July 26 at 2 pm | Details
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  • VUCAVU: Canadian film and video | Website
  • vtape | Website
  • Showing Initiatives II | PAVED Arts | Watch

  • To the Heart | KSAMB Dance Company | City Hall Square | July28 | Details
  • FREE Brain Body Connection Workshop series | Zoom | Mondays 2:30-4PM CST Now until August 10 and again Sept 14th -Oct 5th | Details
  • Toronto Online Dance Collective | Classes

  • Document your Artwork at Home with Don Hall | July 25 | 2 – 4 | Details
  • SCC Fine Craft Boutique, open Mon-Fri from 12pm-5pm!
  • Thursday Night Live Online! | Mackenzie Art Gallery | Watch
  • Secrets of the Vault | Mann Art Gallery | Watch
  • My Crops are Dying, But my Body Persists, Bridget Moser | Remain Modern | Watch
  • CARFAC wants you to track your income loss due to Covid-19.
  • The Big Artist Opportunity List | this is a working list of mostly artist residencies, some grants and galleries. It's an extensive resource | Details 

  • Common Weal Community Arts | A collection of activities that bring an artful lens to your COVID-19 isolation |Details
  • National Arts Centre | Website
  • Field Trip: Art Across Canada. Online Platform by art organization partnerships to support and engage artists. Children's programming, artist talks and workshops offered.
  • Akimbo Listings | Details 

 Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Board of Directors

Risa Payant – President
Will Brooks– Vice President 
Mary Blackstone – Treasurer
Daniel Parr – Secretary
Kathryn Ricketts – Past President
Jamie Boldt -- Member at Large
Colin McFadyen – Member at Large
Karen Reynaud – 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

SAA recognizes our presence on the territories of the Nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dene, Dakota, Lakota and Nakota nations, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation. We are committed to moving forward with Indigenous Nations in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

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