Job Posting: Outreach Coordinator

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is looking to hire an Outreach Coordinator for a one-year position on a maternity-leave contract.

Preference will be given to Regina residents, but applications from other residents outside of Regina will be seriously considered.

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Outreach Program collaborates with Saskatchewan’s rural communities to bring arts programming where it is otherwise unavailable. The program looks to partner with communities, artists, and organizations across Saskatchewan in an effort to bring arts to all corners of our province.

We develop art programs to engage youth and adults with community organizations and schools, working in the visual arts, theatre, music, dance, film, and writing.

Our philosophy is that every person in Saskatchewan should have access to arts programming no matter their age, gender, cultural background, or location.

The Outreach Coordinator works to develop programming in the various arts sectors and find community partners that are interested in increasing the access to the arts in their community.

Working with the provincial Sport, Culture, and Recreation districts, communities, organizations, festivals, and artists, this position strives to ensure quality and affordable programming.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Develop arts outreach programs, ranging from half-day workshops to year-long residencies, in consultation with community partners.
• Hire artists and facilitators as necessary and administer their contracts.
• Maintain and stay within the yearly operating budget as set by the organization.
• Work with artists, facilitators, and partner organizations to ensure adequate staff support, space, and materials for workshops are in place.
• Work with artists and facilitators to secure program materials and art supplies.
• Provide ongoing verbal reports to the Executive Director and detailed written reports every quarter.
• Identify and resolve any issues in program delivery.
• Work with the Marketing and Administrative Assistant to maintain Outreach website and news postings.
• Assist community partners with marketing and promotion of programs.
• Enhance and maintain existing relationships with partner organizations and artists.
• Build and develop new relationships with partners and artists.
• Write contracts and administer partnership agreements.
• Research relevant funding opportunities (including grants, sponsorships, etc.) and lead funding applications for municipal, provincial, and federal funding.

Program Evaluation
• Provide written reports at the conclusion of projects for final report purposes.
• Administer surveys to communities, artists, and participants.
• Collect workshop data (i.e. attendance, participant feedback, demographic information, etc.).

Details of Position
• 27.5 hours/week
• $20-$23 per hour, depending on experience
• Group benefits available after three-month probation period

Position Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree or a Masters focusing on visual arts, theatre, music, dance, film, or creative writing or equivalent experience
• Experience working with a non-profit is an asset
• Occasional evening/weekend work
• Valid driver’s license
• One to three years experience in a program management role and/or supervisory experience an asset
• Excellent relationship-building and communications skills, both in person and in writing
• Able to work with a wide variety of people
• Strong administration and computer skills, including word processing and Excel
• Proven ability to work both as part of a team and independently
• Dependable, self-motivating, well-organized, adaptable, and resourceful
• Personal connections with the Saskatchewan arts community, including organizations and individual artists
• Passion and vision for the role of the arts in growth and healing in Saskatchewan
• Experience with grant writing for non-profits and/or artist collectives for municipal, provincial, federal, and private sector funding
• The Outreach Coordinator will have a commitment to their surrounding arts community and be able to create healthy partnerships with organizations across the various arts sectors including visual arts, theatre, music, dance, film, and writing.

Applications due by December 31st, 2016 at 5 p.m. To apply, email the following to a CV or resume; two or three references, and a cover letter demonstrating how you meet the above requirements.


Read Up on Our 2015/2016 Year

Earlier this fall, we here at the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange wrapped up another year in our decades-long history. On November 19, we held our Annual General Meeting in the Club, filling members in what we’ve been up between September 2015 and August 2016.

This year, our building had its bricks repointed. We’re not sure when this last took place –– our headquarters in Regina’s Warehouse District has a history beyond our 25 years in this space, with the building taking on new life with every tenant.

This has us thinking about what we’ve accomplished in 2015/2016. The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange has a long history in our province –– we’ll be celebrating our 40th anniversary next year –– but there’s always room for refinement, for refurbishment.

That’s exactly what we’ve accomplished in the past 12 months. Our Outreach program continues to grow, finding new opportunities across the province. The Workshop Tour continues to bring artists to schools in small and rural communities. And the Exchange is still an all-ages art hub in Regina. We’re building some new things while refining others. You can read our full annual report to find out what we’ve been up to. Find it over here.


Cindy Lou Twist Art Opening

Starting November 9, there’s a new exhibition in the Eight Track Gallery. Cindy Lou Twist is a Regina visual artist who finds inspiration in music festival culture. Throughout 2017, she’s hoping to mount art installations in festivals and spaces around the province, and the Eight Track is lucky enough to get to see an early sample.

img_2650The installation features transparent acrylic plastic on which Twist has drawn designs. From her artist’s statement:

One by one I began to use the intuitive painting method where I layered each panel using neon and neutral aerosol spray paints, placing each stencil pattern and color according to my current heart’s desire instead of pre-meditating a finished product. After the spray paint had set, I then took neon acrylic paints and mixed them onto the panels using pressure from another piece of flexible plastic to give it an electric texture so that it gives the impression that it’s growing. After each panel had dried, it was time to figure a way to mount and display. With the amazing help of my step father we designed and built a frame based off of a common house hold room divider. Finally, I wired LED strips to the frame so that each LED colour accentuates each hand-drawn detail.

The opening for the installation is on Wednesday, November 9 in the Club. The installation can be viewed whenever the Club is open for a show or by coming by the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange offices during regular business hours.

Artist in Communities Thanks to SK Arts Board

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is thrilled to announce we have received funding from the Saskatchewan Arts Board towards our Artist In Communities program. Over the next year, stay tuned for announcements –– we have artists in residence coming to communities across Saskatchewan including with Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, the Grand Theatre in Indian Head, Pinehouse Lake, and more!

Thank you to Saskatchewan Lotteries, SaskCulture, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board for making the arts accessible in communities across this province.

Opportunity: Singer/Songwriter Artist in Residency

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange (SCE), is an organization grounded in values of inclusivity and openness, delivering art programs to the people of Saskatchewan in collaboration with the communities, audiences, artists, and participants it serves.

The SCE, in partnership with the Grand Theatre in Indian Head, is searching for a singer/songwriter for an artist-in-residency program servicing the community of Indian Head and surrounding area as part of their Artist in Communities program.

The artist would be required to be in the community for two months, with a possible extension to three months. They can expect:
– 20 hours per week working with the community through workshops and presentations
– providing programming for youth and adults
– 20 hours per week on their own personal practice in the studio provided by the community

Qualifications: Successful candidates will have an interest in delivering community arts programming, a minimum of four years experience in their field, and/or a BFA.

Workshops will be created through consultation with the SCE and the Grand Theatre in Indian Head, SK. Preference is given to singer/songwriters and to artists residing in nearby communities.

Applicants must be:
– Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
– active in their profession; and
– be willing to engage with the surrounding community and interested in working with any age from Kindergarten to residents of retirement care homes.

If accepted, applicants must:
– be able to provide a criminal record check to be approved to work with youth;
– have demonstrated effective interpersonal skills in dealing with the public and co-workers;
– have demonstrated the ability to work independently, organize work, and meet deadlines; and
– have demonstrated reliability, initiative, and willingness to try new ideas.

Interested applicants must submit:
– CV/Resume (Maximum three pages)
– Artist statement
– Biography (Please include past workshop experience)
– Project description (Maximum two pages)
– Sample of workshop
– Interest in working with the community
– Sample of work (Maximum of two audio tracks for jury purposes only)
– One to three photos to be used by the SCE and the Grand Theatre for press releases and promotion of the residency program
– Equipment and studio needs
– An indication of preference and/or flexibility for dates between February 1st, 2017 and April 30th, 2017. Artist must be available for consultation in the month leading up to the start date of the residency.
– One or two letters of recommendation

Applications due by November 18th, 2016 at 5 p.m. Submit materials via email with the subject line “Grand Theatre Air 2017 Application.”

We acknowledge the support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, and Sask Lotteries for providing the funding for the Artist In Communities program.

Deadline: November 18th, 2016, 5 p.m.
Contact: Rowan Pantel – Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (306) 780-9494

Start Date: Early February 2017
Salary: $3,333 / month


Thanks for the Workshop Tour Memories

Another year has passed and so has another Workshop Tour. For over 30 years, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange has sent a troupe of artists out across the province each fall to teach workshops to elementary and high school students. This is such an exciting program, and we’re already looking forward to doing it again in 2017.

Luckily, we can still relive all the great memories from this year. This year’s tour manager, Danica Lorer, documented some of the stops along the way. As well, Preeceville School gave us a look into their classrooms for some of the workshops. You can find those below.

Are you interested in learning more about the Workshop Tour? If you’re an artist looking to join, a school looking to sign up, or are just curious, check out all the details here.


An Exchange Presents Story

For years, we’ve  supported new and emerging artists through our Exchange Presents concert series. If you’ve followed along and gone out to the shows, you’ve probably seen your new favourite, caught wind of an up-and-coming act, or simply come into contact with something new and intriguing.

On the occasion of our most recent concert series show, the Motorleague on October 28, we asked fans to tell us about an Exchange memory. Taneesha told us one about a recent concert series show.

From Facebook:

I won tickets through your page to see The Glorious Sons for the first time. I’m now friends with a couple of them and have never missed any of their following shows. That first show, little did I know I would meet a now really great friend! I saw a lady dancing and she dropped a $20 bill. I saw some people beside me were planning to pick it up to take it so I quickly jumped on it and gave it back to the lady that dropped it.

We love to hear these kind of stories, and there are many more to come in the future. Keep coming out to those Exchange Presents shows, folks!

(And while you’re at it, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Not only post about everything happening in the Exchange and the Club and all that the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange does around the province, but we also have a contest for some concert tickets every now and again.)


A New Opportunity for Regina Musicians

We’re starting a new concert series for Regina musicians, hoping to support our local artists. We understand that putting on shows can sometimes can with some risk, so we’re offering some nights with free rent and some support to help make your concert happen. Spots are available as early as November and throughout 2017. Email our venue manager for full details or to express interest.


SCES Announces Annual General Meeting

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 19 at 1 p.m. in the Club at 2431 8th Avenue, Regina, SK.

The event includes:

  • Elections for directors to the organization’s board;
  • Updates from the staff and board on the organizations activities in 2015/2016; and
  • The presentation of the 2015/2016 annual report.

The current board will be putting forward bylaw changes for the organization. You can read the minutes from the 2015/2016 AGM here, as they will be up for approval at this meeting.

Any Saskatchewan resident who has interacted with SCES programming is a member and is thus eligible to attend the AGM. We invite everyone to come and learn the full scope of our programming, share feedback, and help shape the direction of the organization. Refreshments will be made available.


Workshop Tour Thanks

Every year, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange gather up a group of artists to travel the province as part of our Workshop Tour, a continuing effort to bring arts education directly to elementary and high schools. For our musicians and visuals artists and more, this means one-on-one interaction with students of all ages that plants the seed for generations of creatives to come.

The tour’s wide-reaching schedule also means a lot of hours in our van, and the safety of our Workshop Tour artists is paramount as we send them around the Saskatchewan to teach and inspire.

With that in mind, we’d like to thank Market Tire in Rosthern, SK for fitting us in last minute for some winter tires on the van. This week’s sudden snowfall took us by surprise, and their quick action helped us stay on the road.