Celebrating Success

Regina artist-run printmaking centre Articulate Ink realized its goal of establishing an artist residency, with the help of a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant.

The Saskatchewan Arts Board added 25 new pieces of art to our Permanent Collection this fall. Many of the artists are new to the collection.

When administrators at a Regina inner-city school saw a gap in their educational offerings, they turned to a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant to enable student participation in Indigenous cultural art-making.

Dance is attracting attention globally as a movement practice that benefits those with Parkinson’s. Dance engages participants’ minds and bodies, creates an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration and emphasizes balance and rhythm. Dancer Fran Gilboy is working with participants in Regina on a class funded by a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant.

With the help of an Artists in Schools grant, Wadena Elementary School invited Elders and artists from nearby Fishing Lake First Nation, where a number of their students live, to share traditional teachings. 

A learning opportunity created in Saskatchewan went national this fall. For the first time, teachers from across Canada were invited to sign up their Grades 3-8 classes for a series of LIVE Arts broadcasts as part of Canada’s 150 celebrations. These curriculum-based lessons featured Indigenous artists living in Saskatchewan and collaborators from other regions and focused on the topics of resilience, respect and reconciliation. 

There is a shortage of Indigenous editors in Canada and few non-Indigenous editors with the knowledge and cultural sensitivity to address the complex issues that arise in publishing Indigenous manuscripts. The Indigenous Editors Circle and Editing Indigenous Manuscripts programs aim to address these issues.

AKA Artist Run is located in the heart Saskatoon’s core neighbourhood of Riversdale. The area has a diverse and culturally rich community but faces pressures from gentrification and challenges related to food security. AKA’s Locals Only project responds to these critical issues by partnering with CHEP Good Food Inc. on a mobile service truck.

Air Ronge artist Donna Langhorne is not one to shy away from difficult topics. Her recent body of work, a series of seven large paintings, addresses contemporary issues facing Indigenous peoples. Topics include addiction, missing and murdered Indigenous women and residential school experiences.

Wally Dion’s Star Blanket has put on a lot of kilometres since it was purchased by the Saskatchewan Arts Board for its Permanent Collection in 2006. The unique piece, a First Nations star blanket fashioned from computer circuit boards, has been loaned to numerous galleries across Saskatchewan and Canada.