Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Bulletin
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SAA Community Forum and AGM Held Online with Artist Interventions
The Community Forum and AGM was a successful online event this year. During the consultation and meeting two Artist Interventions were held featuring Joseph Naytowhow and Freeflow Dance Theatre Company to great digital applause.  Participants engaged in critical discussion using a new tool for the SAA called Google Jamboard. These discussions focused on the effects of Covid-19 on the SK Art Sector, Membership concerns and wellbeing, as well as SAA’s mandate. Thank you to everyone who participated, and to all of our members and community continuing to support the SAA. 

SAA is pleased to introduce its 2020/2021 Board of Directors.
SAA welcomes newly elected board members Stacey Bliss, PhD in Education from York University, Toronto, is a sound artist, Gong teacher & performer, yoga &meditation teacher, as well as an English & literacies educator; Yulissa Campos, Latina actress, emerging playwright and founder of Ay, Caramba! Theatre.

Remaining on the Board are Jamie Boldt, Executive Director of the Globe Theatre; past President Dr. Kathryn Ricketts, dance artist, educator, and Assistant Professor in Arts Education at the University of Regina; Mary Blackstone, Professor Emerita in the Department of Theatre and Director of the Centre for the Study of Script Development at the U of R; and Daniel Parr, Program Officer. We thank those, leaving the board for their guidance and dedication during their terms; Will Brooks, Colin McFadyen, Risa Payant, and Karen Reynaud.

SAA Awarded SSHRC’s 2020-21 Partnership Engage Grants COVID-19 Special Initiative: "COVID-19: Older adults in rural communities finding voice and connection through the arts"
Building on existing strong partnerships and community connections, researchers from the University of Regina and the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (SAA) will work collaboratively with artists and older people in rural Saskatchewan to develop creative, arts-based activities that can be carried out remotely by telephone conferencing. In partnership with Moose Jaw Seniors' Centre without Walls, the creative engagements will be conducted through a series of small artist / older person networks. Apart from providing immediate programming to benefit rural adults, the study responds to the need for empirical data on the contributions the arts make to communities, thus meeting the identified longer term needs of the SAA, arts organizations, and cultural policymakers.

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. 

Renew Your SAA Membership Today
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.

York Litigation Heads to the Supreme Court of Canada
The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that it will hear the appeals of both Access Copyright and York University in the litigation between the two parties that began in 2013. This decision is another chapter in a decade-long struggle by creators and publishers to be fairly paid for the copying and use of their works by the education sector. Read more here.

Latest Benefits from the Government of Canada
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) - The CRCB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household for workers:
  • unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19
  • because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19.
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) - The CRB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who have stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19, and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). Applications will open on October 12

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) - The CRSB provides $500 per week for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who:
  • Are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19
  • Are self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19
  • Have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19.

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

Culture shock: COVID-19 and the cultural and creative sectors - The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a Paris-based international policy advocacy organization. Included in their work are a number of policy responses to COVID-19, including "Culture shock: COVID-19 and the cultural and creative sectors," released September 7, 2020. This report identifies, examines and analyzes impacts of the pandemic on creative and cultural sectors worldwide, and identifies / proposes a series of industry strategies and key policy responses. The international context of this report is useful and relevant to Canadian and Saskatchewan cultural and creative sectors in the identification of common impacts, strategies and key policy responses.

In their "Executive Direction Report, September 2020," the South African Cultural Observatory contextualizes the significant impacts of the pandemic on cultural workers and industries and highlights the importance of developing and implementing new forms of work and engagement strategies to contribute to recovery. They note however, that barriers to online access throughout the population impede participation and call for investment to improve digital access and skills.
It is important to consider issues with lack access to digital engagement. While not as pronounced in this country, issues with digital access do affect many and it is important that those are affected are not left behind as cultural industries adapt to changing circumstances.

  • 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

  • Controller | Regina Symphony Orchestra | October 31 | Details
  • Lighting Designer CFP | Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan | November 2 | Details
  • Indigenous Music Coordinator | SaskMusic | November 4 | Details
  • Production & Event Coordinator: Project Contract | SaskMusic | November 4 | Details
  • Creative Administrator | Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre | November 6 | Details
  • Co-Artistic Director | Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan | November 18 | Detail
  • Isn’t it Romantic – SSO Online Class with Eric | Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra | Details
  • 2020-21 Regina Symphony Orchestra season

  • Life After Hockey | La Troupe du Jour | Dec. 4 – 23 , 2020 | Details

  • Programs and Services | SWG | Details
  • Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival (SAWCI) Words for a Freezing Moon| Details

  • (Fe)male Gaze - Film Screening | Nov.18 | Details
  • | Watch
  • VUCAVU: Canadian film and video | Website
  • vtape | Website
  • Showing Initiatives II | PAVED Arts | Watch

  • FREE Brain Body Connection Workshop series | Zoom | 2:30-4PM CST | Details
  • Digital Community Workshop Program | Free Flow Dance | Details
  • Toronto Online Dance Collective | Classes

  • 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

Jamie Boldt – President
Daniel Parr – Vice President 
Mary Blackstone – Treasurer
Stacey Bliss - Secretary
Kathryn Ricketts – Past President
Yulissa Campos – 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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