Circus Arts Inspires Northern Saskatchewan Kids
Grant Connects Northern Saskatchewan Children to Valuable Learning Opportunities
Creighton Celebrates Culture Days
How a community recognizes its local culture
Cultural Project Combines Arts, Biology and Design
Students bring together art and science in the classroom
Love of Theatre Growing in the North
Northern Saskatchewan students build their own stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Media workshop opening doors for newcomers to Saskatoon
Media workshop opening doors for newcomers to Saskatoon
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.
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.
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.
Saskatchewan Arts Alliance buzzing about buttons
It’s all about bringing several existing parts together and adding in your own dash, statement and individuality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Innovating Art and Cultural Understanding
Traditional Languages Meet New Form of Self Expression
Meme-making workshops help Northern youth reconnect to their roots
New Skills Help Northern Youth Share Stories and Culture
Creative project provides technological opportunities
Music Program Promotes Healing Through the Arts
Students find a creative outlet through music
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.
Touring Through a Cultural Landscape
Highway 1 Studio Tour brings local artists out into the limelight
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.
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.
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.
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*".
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.
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.
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.
Saving PAVED’s video history from the disintegration of time
PAVED Arts has preserved an often overlooked part of Saskatchewan’s cultural history.
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”.
Métissage: collaboration increases reach
Amazing connections can be made, and powerful ideas can blossom when organizations come together to work collaboratively on a project.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creating a New Path Through Music
Wrapped in Love: The Moss Bag Project
Creating Connections in the North
Workshop tour creates an inspiring experience for both artists and students
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.
LIVE Arts: Bringing the Arts to Life
Introducing Saskatchewan artists to students
Literary Acclaim Meets Small-City Charm
A look into the Saskatchewan Festival of Words
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.
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.
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.
Competition unites community theatre in Saskatchewan
Every year, several theatre groups compete the top prize at Theatre Saskatchewan’s TheatreOne competition.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Community support key to Creative Kids
Only in its first year of operation, Creative Kids has already found success in serving Saskatchewan communities.
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.
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.