Success Stories

Arts, General Culture, Indigenous, Multiculturalism

Curiosity, Engagement and Listening Key to Innovative Program and Leadership

Saskatchewan-wide
Jan, 2019
Arts, General Culture, Multiculturalism

A World of Diversity on a Small Stage

Saskatoon
Dec, 2018
Arts

Drawing to Their Own Beat

Saskatoon
Dec, 2018
Arts

Circus Arts Inspires Northern Saskatchewan Kids

Grant Connects Northern Saskatchewan Children to Valuable Learning Opportunities

Pinehouse
Apr, 2018
Arts, General Culture

Creighton Celebrates Culture Days

How a community recognizes its local culture

Creighton
Apr, 2017
Arts

Cultural Project Combines Arts, Biology and Design

Students bring together art and science in the classroom

Saskatoon
Apr, 2016
Arts

Love of Theatre Growing in the North

Northern Saskatchewan students build their own stories

Buffalo Narrows
Apr, 2016
Arts

All Folk’d up - A unique festival celebrates Montmartre’s rural roots

Many believe the genuine roots of culture stem from music, and for the past five years, a unique music festival has been putting the cultural heritage of one Saskatchewan village on the map.

Montmartre
Mar, 2015
Arts, First Nations , Métis, Multiculturalism

Moving Forward, Never Forgetting - Encouraging intercultural dialogue and empathy through art

It has been said that art has the capacity to express the inexpressible, and a new exhibition at the MacKenzie Art Gallery (MAG) hopes to give a voice to what often goes unsaid, and attract a large audience in doing so.

Regina
Mar, 2015
Arts

ARTforLIFE creates lasting legacy for students and teachers alike

A visual art-based education program at Saskatoon’s Mendel Art Gallery combines both, and is building a creative legacy that will leave a mark on teachers and students for years to come.

Saskatoon
Jun, 2014
Arts

Red Hot Riot leads a fun evening of fundraising for Creative Kids

Creative Kids teamed up four-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee Jayden Pfeifer, of the comedy variety show Red Hot Riot, for an evening of laughter, mayhem and music, with all of it contributing to a great cause.

Regina
Jun, 2014
Arts, General Culture

The Station Arts Centre brings a community together

As the demographics of small town Saskatchewan change in the new millennium, local cultural centres are seeking new ways to engage with their communities. The station Arts Centre in Rosthern is one such centre that is setting a great example.

Rosthern
Jun, 2014
Arts

Creative Kids descends into Creative Mayhem

Sons of Anarchy star, Kim Coates, helps fundraise for Creative Kids in Saskatoon through an evening of "Creative Mayhem".

Saskatoon
Feb, 2014
Arts

Popular touring workshop engages artists and Saskatchewan students

Every fall, for nearly 30 years, a troupe of Saskatchewan artists has jumped aboard a van and hit the road to provide arts workshops to students in schools all across the province.

Saskatchewan
Feb, 2014
Arts

Gateway Festival has positive community impact for nearly a decade

For almost ten years, the Gateway Music Festival held in Bengough, SK has been entertaining audiences and providing a unique opportunity for Saskatchewan musicians to play alongside internationally acclaimed artists.

Bengough
Nov, 2013
Arts, Heritage, Métis

Production shares important Métis history

Live theatre has the power to touch audiences in a way few other art forms can. The play The Trial of Louis Riel has been reaching out and touching people with its story for 47 years.

Saskatchewan
Nov, 2013
Arts

Youth connect with culture through summer music camp

In July 2012, over 80 youth from Regina and Saskatoon participated in a first of its kind summer music camp.

Regina
Jun, 2013
Arts, First Nations , Multiculturalism

Art as a catalyst for cultural connections

Art and creativity can be a powerful tool to bring people together and help them to learn from one another. This concept is something that the MacKenzie Art Gallery (MAG) in Regina has recognized and has been working with for several years.

Regina
Dec, 2012
Arts, Multiculturalism

Media workshop opening doors for newcomers to Saskatoon

Media workshop opening doors for newcomers to Saskatoon

Saskatoon
Dec, 2012
Arts, First Nations , Multiculturalism

Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company’s upcoming production to focus on empowering multicultural themes

This upcoming spring, the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (SNTC) will be showcasing a touching and inspirational story about a young girl discovering her cultural identity.

Saskatoon
Dec, 2012
Arts

Collaboration a big part of new music alliance

In 2007, five provincial music organizations, supported by SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries, entered into discussions as a way to investigate collaborative possibilities and create new synergies.

Saskatchewan-wide
Apr, 2012
Arts

Moose Jaw Art Gallery & Museum acquires suite of Carl Beam Etchings

The Columbus Project, a large body of work by the late Aboriginal artist Carl Beam represents a repossession of indigenous identity and is considered a prominent historical milestone.

Moose Jaw
Apr, 2012
Arts

Saskatchewan Arts Alliance buzzing about buttons

It’s all about bringing several existing parts together and adding in your own dash, statement and individuality.

Regina
Apr, 2012
Arts

Weyburn sees Culture Days Success

Culture Days is still an opportunity to many communities. Those considering taking the opportunity to organize a Culture Days activity or event may want to check out Weyburn’s example.

Weyburn
Apr, 2012
Arts, First Nations

Students go digital as part of Treaty Learning

Students from Balcarres learned that the art of film, audio and digital photography can create a fascinating opportunity to learn about Treaties in Saskatchewan.

Balcarres
Jan, 2012
Arts, General Culture

Northern District highlights artists in new handbook

The Northern Sport, Culture and Recreation District (NSCRD) has developed the Northern Saskatchewan Arts & Culture Handbook, a colourful, 50- page publication, which highlights many of the region’s creative talent.

La Ronge
Oct, 2011
Arts

Symphony makes new home in Saskatoon inner-city

Ready to move forward, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) plans to bring sweet music to the Saskatoon community of Riversdale.

Saskatoon
Oct, 2011
Arts

Common Weal Continues to Connect Communities and the Arts

Every community has a challenge to face. Through its work, Common Weal has shown how arts and culture can be used to help nurture positive change in communities and help them face their adversity.

Regina
Jan, 2011
Arts, First Nations

Giving Youth the Tools They Need to Create

Ramses Calderon is a busy man. The El Salvadorn-born resident of Regina is a writer, musical scholar and innovative musician who incorporates traditional instruments and rhythms into his compositions.

Regina
Oct, 2010
Arts, General Culture, Multiculturalism

New Theatre Company Shares Stories of Newcomers

Regina
Jan, 2019
Arts

Circus Arts a Big Hit in the North

Pinehouse
Dec, 2018
Arts, First Nation and Métis Specific, Indigenous

Innovating Art and Cultural Understanding

Dec, 2018
Arts, First Nations

Traditional Languages Meet New Form of Self Expression

Meme-making workshops help Northern youth reconnect to their roots

Northern Saskatchewan
Apr, 2017
Arts, First Nations , Métis

New Skills Help Northern Youth Share Stories and Culture

Creative project provides technological opportunities

Northern Saskatchewan
Apr, 2017
Arts, Cultural Industries

Jeffery Straker

Getting from then to now

Saskatchewan
Apr, 2016
Arts

Music Program Promotes Healing Through the Arts

Students find a creative outlet through music

Turtleford
Apr, 2016
Arts, General Culture

It's Not Baroque and She's Bach this Year: Meet Della Beal

This summer will be the 29th SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and the 24th year that Della Beal has volunteered with the Saskatoon festival.

Saskatoon
Mar, 2015
Arts, General Culture

Touring Through a Cultural Landscape

Highway 1 Studio Tour brings local artists out into the limelight

Herbert
Mar, 2015
Arts, Métis

Buffalo Pound Round Dance helps to highlight Métis culture

Ashley Norton, co-founder of the Wiichihiwayshinawn Foundation (“We are Helpers” in Michif), brought together a group of dancers from all over Saskatchewan to perform a contemporary jig dance at the Ice and Fire Festival, held in Regina, February 2013.

Regina
Jun, 2014
Arts, Multiculturalism

Saskatchewan Writers' Guild leading the way on diversity in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild has evolved to offer more programs and services, to serve a larger and more diverse membership and province.

Regina
Jun, 2014
Arts, First Nations

CARFAC bridges gap with Aboriginal artists

Several years ago, CARFAC Saskatchewan (Canadian Artists’ Representation/le Front Des Artistes Canadiens) identified a gap in terms of its service to, and engagement with, the Aboriginal artist community.

Saskatoon
Feb, 2014
Arts

Culture Days includes 'amazing race': How one town got everyone running for culture!

The Town of Kindersley has been involved with Culture Days since its debut in Saskatchewan in 2010. In 2013, Kindersley upped its game, holding a number of activities including an innovative engagement opportunity called “Amazing Race: K-Town Edition*".

Kindersley
Feb, 2014
Arts

Saskatoon’s Street Meet Festival: challenging perceptions of public art

This past summer, from July 5-7, 2013, Saskatoon’s AKA Gallery and a group of renowned artists to create Saskatoon’s first annual street meet Festival.

Saskatoon
Feb, 2014
Arts

Mann Art Gallery engages community through art

People of all ages from the Prince Albert area have been discovering their inner artist thanks to a partnership between the Mann Art Gallery and a local business.

Prince Albert
Nov, 2013
Arts

White City School sings the blues

It is said that music changes lives, and a musical collaboration between a local school teacher and an internationally acclaimed blues musician has done just that.

White City
Nov, 2013
Arts

Saving PAVED’s video history from the disintegration of time

PAVED Arts has preserved an often overlooked part of Saskatchewan’s cultural history.

Saskatoon
Mar, 2013
Arts, First Nations , Métis

Balcarres students recognize the role of First Nations and Métis people in their community

In some communities, role models are merely people to be admired. While they also admire their role models in Balcarres, some students at Balcarres Community School are also preserving their role models for “posterity”.

Balcarres
Dec, 2012
Arts, First Nations , Métis

Métissage: collaboration increases reach

Amazing connections can be made, and powerful ideas can blossom when organizations come together to work collaboratively on a project.

Regina
Dec, 2012
Arts, Heritage

Artists part of celebrating 100-year old Legislative Building

This year, Saskatchewan artist Laura Hale has been hired to creatively engage others in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Legislature Building.

Regina
Jun, 2012
Arts, First Nations

Culture Synk brings out the creative voice of youth

The youth in the northern Saskatchewan Village of Sandy Bay felt they had nothing to do, or at least that is how they saw it until a group of artists known as Culture Synk came to the village for six days to create a collaborative music video project call

Sandy Bay
Apr, 2012
Arts, First Nations

PAVED Arts Outreach: leaving a lasting community legacy

Over the past five years PAVED Arts has made outreach programming a priority for Saskatchewan’s media arts community.

Saskatoon
Apr, 2012
Arts

Saskatchewan youth selected as national arts leader

It was a surprise to Broadview School student Adam Wyatt when his mother asked him if he would like to travel to Toronto to participate in a new program focused on youth leadership initiated by ArtsSmarts called the 21st Century Youth Creativity Challenge

Broadview
Apr, 2012
Arts

Yorkton Film Festival celebrates 65th anniversary

Bright lights will be shining on Yorkton this May as the city welcomes film-lovers from across the country. The Yorkton Film Festival is the longest running film festival in North America.

Yorkton
Apr, 2012
Arts, Multiculturalism

Cinergie continues to grow thanks to MIF

Every year in Saskatoon the Federation des Francophones de Saskatoon host the Cinergie Festival. The festival has been advertised as one of Saskatchewan’ most unique arts and culture festivals and this year.

Saskatoon
Oct, 2011
Arts

Rising star from the north

For those of you that think mastering the fiddle at 15 years old is an accomplishment, try playing one while balancing on stilts. Tristen Durocher of La Ronge, has been playing violin for the past five years.

La Ronge
Oct, 2011
Arts

Building year for La Troupe du Jour

Recognized nationally for its original works and unique theatre experience, La Troupe du Jour is much more than entertaining, it is a major force in keeping the Fransaskois culture alive in the province.

Saskatoon
Apr, 2011
Arts, First Nations , Métis

Tapping into the Northern Spirits

As reality shows, such as Canadian Idol or So Youth Think you Can Dance, continue to capture the attention of aspiring talent, Saskatchewan’s northern youth have an even better opportunity to show their stuff.

Prince Albert
Jan, 2011
Arts

Podium 2010: Saskatchewan Hosts National Choir Conference

Choral voices from across the country converged in Saskatoon in 2010. For the first time in 16 years, Saskatchewan co-hosted the Association of Canadian Choral Communities Biennial.

Saskatoon
Oct, 2010
Arts, General Culture

Sandra Butel – Value-Based Approach to Festival Experience

Regina
Jan, 2019
Arts, First Nations , Indigenous

Creating a New Path Through Music

Ochapowace Cree Nation No. 71
Dec, 2018
Arts, First Nation and Métis Specific, Indigenous, Métis

Wrapped in Love: The Moss Bag Project

Saskatoon
Dec, 2018
Arts, First Nations

Creating Connections in the North

Workshop tour creates an inspiring experience for both artists and students

Northern Saskatchewan
Apr, 2017
Arts, First Nations

The Kiwek Project

St. Francis School in Saskatoon partners with artists from the Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre to create a Cree language play interpreted from the Hollywood movie Jumanji.

Saskatoon
May, 2016
Arts

LIVE Arts: Bringing the Arts to Life

Introducing Saskatchewan artists to students

Saskatchewan
Apr, 2016
Arts, First Nations

Silent No More

Lessons Learned through Dance

Saskatchewan
Jan, 2016
Arts, Cultural Industries

Literary Acclaim Meets Small-City Charm

A look into the Saskatchewan Festival of Words

Moose Jaw
Mar, 2015
Arts, First Nations

Raising the Bar: Exploring Indigenous culture through game creation

Culture, games and sport all play an important role in a community, and a recent ArtsSmarts initiative set out to explore that connection through art and collaborative learning.

Regina
Nov, 2014
Arts, First Nations , Métis

Living Histories – Treaty education in living sky school Division

There is more than one way to tell a story and the living sky school Division is bringing Treaty education to life through cultural experiences.

Saskatchewan
Jun, 2014
Arts, First Nations

Spoken word brings Cree language to life for students

Some may consider older styles of poetry to be dead, but a Saskatoon education coordinator is using the medium to bring the Cree language to life, and her students are reaping the rewards.

Saskatoon
Jun, 2014
Arts

Competition unites community theatre in Saskatchewan

Every year, several theatre groups compete the top prize at Theatre Saskatchewan’s TheatreOne competition.

Saskatoon
Feb, 2014
Arts

Memory boxes and art engage seniors

For several months in late 2013, about 20 senior citizens from the Regina-area have been creating memory boxes and paintings based on their own personal stories and narratives.

Regina
Feb, 2014
Arts, Multiculturalism

Collaboration and Cultures: Curtain Razors brings Aztec heritage to the Prairies

Theatre has the power to transport us to new, imaginary worlds, and recently, Regina’s Curtain Razors brought a new world to life in their unique international performance, "Codice Remix."

Regina
Nov, 2013
Arts

OSAC – connecting communities with the arts for 45 years

The organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils has been making the arts more accessible to the people of Saskatchewan for 45 years.

Regina
Nov, 2013
Arts, First Nations

Retreat helps Aboriginal youth share their stories

In August 2012, the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (SWG), in partnership with the First Nations University of Canada (FNUC), hosted the first annual Bringing Back the Buffalo: Aboriginal Youth Writers’ Retreat in Regina.

Regina
Jun, 2013
Arts, First Nations , Métis

Students recognize First Nations and Métis leaders

Building community ties and connections is challenging for large, rural school divisions. However, some divisions make these connections a vital part of their students’ education.

Balcarres
Mar, 2013
Arts, Métis

Interactive workshop helps students learn about Métis tradition

Gravelbourg’s Camille Bell was invited by teacher Anita Clarke to Mossbank School where Bell spent a day presenting Métis traditions to elementary school children.

Mossbank
Dec, 2012
Arts, Multiculturalism

Partnership connects newcomers with a sense of community

Building a sense of home and place can sometimes be a daunting task for newcomers, especially youth. The Saskatchewan Organization of Heritage Languages (SOHL) and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative partnered to present a one-day workshop.

Regina
Dec, 2012
Arts

Summer employment at the Filmpool beneficial for all

It's not often that a budding filmmaker finds a summer job that will complement his or her future career and passion perfectly, but that was exactly the case for Mattias Graham.

Regina
Jun, 2012
Arts

Emerging Saskatchewan artists: talent to watch

Saskatchewan-wide
Apr, 2012
Arts, Métis

Popular fiddle fest continues to grow

The annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest has come a long way in 15 years. It has grown from offering a few fiddle work-shops to an eventful, four-day festival, held at Windy Acres in Saskatoon, featuring concerts, competitions, dances and performances.

Saskatoon
Apr, 2012
Arts, First Nations

Storytelling through digital animation

For many organizations, keeping up with technology can be a daunting task, such as using new tools in the workplace, incorporating new skills into daily life, or keeping up with social media trends.

North Battleford
Apr, 2012
Arts, General Culture

Animateur work gives dancer pride in her province

Creating art is usually a personal experience for an artist. The process of creation usually occurs in studios out of sight, which often results in work that can be shared with the public.

Saskatchewan-wide
Jan, 2012
Arts, General Culture

Community support key to Creative Kids

Only in its first year of operation, Creative Kids has already found success in serving Saskatchewan communities.

Saskatchewan-wide
Oct, 2011
Arts, General Culture

Summer work leaves impression in North Central

Charlotte Hauk’s job is unique. “I might be the only person doing this kind of stuff, at least in Regina,” she says. It’s probably true.

Regina
Oct, 2011
Arts

Artists Provide Spark for Vibrant Communities

Individuals and communities have an interesting dynamic; it’s hard to think of one without the other and decide who builds whom.

Saskatchewan-wide
Jan, 2011
Arts, First Nations

Engaging Youth in a World of Art

Saskatchewan artist, Gabriel Yahkakeekoot of Beardys and Okemasis First Nations was hard at work this past year helping First Nations youth connect to the arts.

Kahkewistahaw First Nation No. 72
Oct, 2010