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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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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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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Artist in Residence –– Indian Head

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is pleased to announce Kara Golemba as the singer/songwriter Artist in Residence in Indian Head, SK from February 1 to March 31. Kara will be working with the community through projects with school groups, care homes, and events and workshops hosted at the Grand Theatre. This program is funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board Artist in Communities Grant. Indian Head is one of seven rural communities that will be hosting an artist over the next few months through the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange’s Artist in Residence program.

A huge thank-you to our community partners: the Grand Theatre in Indian Head and the Southeast Connection Sport, Culture, and Recreation District. These organizations have been working hard to ensure a successful start to Kara’s residency, and we could not have done this without their enthusiasm and commitment to this project.

If you are in the area, save the date to meet the artist! Kara is introducing herself to the community on February 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Theatre. Full details can be found at the Facebook event.

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Workshop Tour Artists Fall 2017

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is looking for artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, music, and writing to be part of our 2017 Workshop Tour. Artists from across Canada are welcome to apply, but preference is given to Saskatchewan residents.

Each artist on the tour will teach four one-hour workshops per day to students in schools across Saskatchewan. Successful applicants will have previous experience teaching workshops and working with youth.

The tour runs through Saskatchewan from September 24 to October 31, Monday through Friday.

APPLICATION
Please include the following:
– Résumé/CV
– 50-minute workshop lesson plan, adjustable for K to 12 with up to 25 students per workshop
– Budget for supplies. Note that you will teach approximately 1,500 students over the course of the tour
– Two references
Successful applicants must have valid driver’s license and will have to obtain criminal record checks prior to the tour.

All applications must be received by March 3 (11:59pm) via email or post.

MORE ABOUT THE WORKSHOP TOUR
Every fall, students get to learn directly from professional artists and experience artistic creation first hand.

The tour assembles a group of working artists, sending them out for full days of giving workshops in their fields. With the Workshop Tour, the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange strives to nurture independent thinking, the imagination, respect for one another, and enthusiasm for life in students through balanced programs integrating multiple forms of artistic activity.

What does the school get? One Day –– Five Artists –– 20 Workshops

Workshops are specifically tailored for any age group from elementary to high school. The program has long been referenced by artists who have chosen their profession in part due to early interaction with the Workshop Tour. The tour continues with the goal of encouraging the next generation of independent and creative thinkers.

The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is excited to share the Workshop Tour with as many Saskatchewan communities as possible each fall.

Find out more on the Workshop Tour’s page.

For more information please contact our Outreach Coordinator via email or phone (306) 780-9494.

Keep an Eye Out for New Opportunities!

We here at the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange are always updating our website with the latest opportunities, whether it’s new programs for people across the province to participate in, chances for communities to bring art to their area, or openings for artists to bring their work and experience to small and rural communities.

Are you curious about upcoming programs? Or are you a community or artist look to work with us in the future? Keep an eye on our Outreach page for the most up-to-date information or reach out directly to our Outreach Coordinator via email.

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 outreach@culturalexchange.ca: a CV or resume; two or three references, and a cover letter demonstrating how you meet the above requirements.