The Common Ground Project Partners with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange

The Common Ground Project and the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange are hosting a series of art and culture workshops looking to bring understanding, acceptance, and friendship among Prince Albert, Saskatchewan’s Indigenous and newcomer communities.

From August 1 to 3, Victor Thunderchild will facilitate workshops educating students in First Nations culture. The students will come evenly from the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Prince Albert and from the children of recently settled immigrants working with YWCA Settlement Services. The workshops will be held at the Friendship Centre.

Prince Albert’s Common Ground Project works to bring together First Nations and Métis peoples with newcomers to bridge any gap among them. They work with programming to bring the groups together and realize the commonalities of our shared humanity.

After a successful Phase II pilot project, the Common Ground Project begins Phase III with a fantastic partnership with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange. This is also part of Artists in Communities, a Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange program looking to support artists working and interacting with small and rural communities across the province.

Thunderchild is well known in Prince Albert as an educator and a traditional dancer with a strong background in First Nations traditional stories and songs. In a fun environment, he will involve the students in the history of First Nations and Métis people, Cree language, and traditional drumming. Prince Albert-based music educator and vocal coach Pamela Cochet will assist Thunderchild.

The Artists in Communities program is possible because ofthanks to the generous funding of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. This project in particular was helped by funding from the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators as well as in-kind donations from the Saskatchewan Choral Federation. The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange also thanks SaskCulture for their continued funding and support.

In Phase III, the Common Ground Project is working with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan with local partners Prince Albert Multicultural Council, the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Prince Albert, and Prince Albert YWCA Settlement Services.

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Join Our Board

It might seem like it’s far off –– or maybe you just wish it was –– but fall is right around the corner. For us at the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange, this means we’re gearing up for another Annual General Meeting and elections for potential new board members.

The Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange meets quarterly to help guide the organization. Through four decades of history, it’s been their foresight and care that’s kept us going, and you could be the one to help get us through the next forty years.

If you’re interested, fill out a board application over here. A current board member will get in touch to talk about what’s involved with being on the board for the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange.

Looking forward to hearing from you all soon!

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Meet Our Arts Ambassadors

We’re happy to introduce our new Arts Ambassadors, Ringo and Sarah!

Throughout the summer of 2017, we’re sending these two students across Saskatchewan to events to talk about what the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange does in the province and also to spread art and goodwill.

So far, they’ve made it out to the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current, the Regina Beach Farmer’s Market, the Festival Francophone Saskatchewan in Pine Lake,  the Creelman Agriculture Society’s Summer Fair, and the Kawacatoose First Nation Powwow.

Coming up, find them at the Gateway Festival in Bengough, the Mid Summer’s Art Festival in Fort Qu’Appelle, the John Arcand Fiddle Festival outside of Saskatoon, and the Bow Valley Jamboree in Oxbow, with more to come. Keep an eye out at any arts festival or cultural event happening now through the end of August in Saskatchewan –– you might just see our Arts Ambassadors!

This program is made possible with funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program through Service Canada. The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is pleased to recognize their support.

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We’re Back at the Gateway Festival

The Gateway Festival in beautiful Bengough, SK has been good enough to have the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange down for the party. In 2017, we’re coming back to present the Pool Stage with one of the best lineups yet.

On Saturday, July 22, come down to see:
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. –– a songwriter circle with Gavin of the Wooden Sky, Ava Wild, Northcote, and Carl of Library Voices
1:45 to 2:45 p.m. –– a songwriter circle with Dan from the Dudes, Kirby Criddle, Marshall Burns, and Piper Burns
3 p.m. –– Northcote
3:45 p.m. –– Megan Nash

Come on out, enjoy the water and some great music, and say hi to our arts ambassadors while you’re at it. For full details on the Gateway Festival, go to their site.

Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Spearheads Mural Project in La Loche, SK

Through the month of July 2017, the provincial arts organization the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is providing an artistic outlet this summer for youth in the northern community of La Loche, SK.

As part of the Outreach program which seeks to bring art to remote and rural areas, the organization has hired artist Josh Goff to work with residents of the community in designing a large mural that will be prominently displayed on Main Street in La Loche.

Since the tragedy at the La Loche Community School in 2016, community leaders have been calling for more opportunities for youth. They will be a special focus in assisting in the design and creation of the mural.

“We are lacking arts programs in this community and this project will be a positive way for our young people to express themselves,” says La Loche educator Holly Toulejour.

Goff will collaborate with community Elders in confirming a final design. The community’s youth will paint the mural itself.

This mural project is part of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange’s Artists in Communities program, which is possible thanks to the generous funding of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. This project in particular was helped by funding from SaskTel. The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange also thanks SaskCulture for their continued funding and support.

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange would like to thank the La Loche Community School and the community of La Loche for welcoming and facilitating this project.

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Recently Announced: the Sadies and the Deep Dark Woods

You’re cruising through spring. You’re planning a massive of summer. We’re happy for you –– really, we are. But we also want you to look a little bit further ahead, to this fall, when we’ll be hosting two great live bands in the Exchange!

The Sadies in the Exchange
September 14
Maybe you can’t believe they’ve released 10 albums on their own; maybe you can’t believe it hasn’t been more. Brothers Dallas and Travis Good and bandmates Sean Dean and Mike Belitsky are a pillar in the alt-country scene, mixing western, surf, psych, and more on their and while backing some of the greats. The spark becomes a flame when the four gather for their barn-burning live shows.

The Deep Dark Woods in the Exchange
October 21
This Saskatchewan group is fresher to the scene, comparatively, but has a renown of their building all the same. Following the touring and release of their 2013 album, Jubilee, front man and creative force Ryan Boldt’s come back with a new iteration. Their latest record, Yarrow, comes out in 2017.

Tickets for both of these are available at Vintage Vinyl and Hemp Emporium Inc., Madame Yes, and online at Ticketfly. Keep an eye on the Exchange’s Facebook page for more exciting announcements!

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Community Arts at Athabasca Health Authority

The Athabasca Health Authority invites members of the community to contribute to two collaborative artwork projects developed and hosted by visiting community artist Laura Hale. Laura is working with Stony Rapids and Black Lake until the end of June and then in Fond du Lac until the end of July as part of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange’s Artists in Communities programs.

All projects are held in the Multipurpose Room at the AHA facility.

Make Your Mark Beading Project
Thursdays (June 8, 15, and 22) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Laura has brought a deer hide up with her in hopes of getting as many people as possible to bear a simple mark or design on it before she returns home. She will find a special place to display this collaborative artwork when she heads back down south. No beading experience necessary –– just come, contribute, and make your mark.

Greetings from the North Postcard Project
Saturdays (June 10, 17, and 24) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
On one side of the postcard, share a story that you would like our friends int he south to know about the north, or about your community, yourself, or your culture. On the other side, draw, colour, and customize your postcard. Laura will mail out all postcards randomly to people in the south.

Support provided by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture. The Athabasca Health Authority provides health services to the five main communities in northern Saskatchewan.

Job Opportunity: Arts Ambassadors

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is looking to hire two summer students for terms beginning June 15 and ending August 31, 2017.

Preference will be given to Regina residents and to university students studying art, although applications from outside of the City will also be seriously considered.

Established in 1977, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is an organization grounded in values of inclusivity and openness, delivering art programs to the people of Saskatchewan in collaboration with other groups and individuals, as clients, as audiences, artists, and participants. We develop programming to engage youth and adults, partnering with community organizations, schools, and more in media including visual art, theatre, music, dance, film, and writing.

DUTIES
– Updating files
– Visiting festivals and informing Saskatchewan residents about the role of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange and its Outreach programs
– Researching relevant funding opportunities, including sponsorships
– Potentially facilitating artist workshops

REQUIREMENTS
– Experience working with a non-profit organization
– Valid driver’s license
– Current criminal record check
– Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends and with a wide variety of people is required

Deadline to apply –– 12 p.m. on May 31, 2017
To apply, please send cover letter and CV to Outreach Coordinator Carol Rose Daniels.

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The Emerging Artists Series With the City of Regina

In September of 2016, the Exchange started its Emerging Artists Series. Through the end of April 2017, the program aided Regina artists playing, performing, and presenting in our venue, helping them with the costs of these evenings so they could bring their work to Queen City audiences.

In that time, 50 shows benefited from the program, and all that was possible thanks to a grant from the City of Regina. The Exchange and the local artists helped by this program greatly appreciate their support, which helps foster a community of creative people of all varieties locally.

Photo from Room 333’s show in the Club during the course of this program.

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The Exchange Nominated for WCMA

We’re deeply honoured to have been nominated for BreakOut West’s Community Excellence Award. We’ve spent 25 years serving Regina in this space and we’re looking forward to continuing to be a big part of the community in years to come!

Congratulations to the other nominees: Fire Aid, Sunshine House, The Dungarees, West End Cultural Centre, and Winnipeg Folk Festival. Whoever wins, it’ll be well deserved.

There are also a great number of Saskatchewan artists and groups who’ve been nominated. Check them all out at BreakOut West’s website.