Celebrating Success

From 1948 to 2018, here are 10 highlights from the history of Saskatchewan's arts community.

A bleak, cement staircase linking the Inpatient and Outpatient Mental Health Units at the Regina General Hospital was not conducive to a healing mindset for staff, patients and visitors. An Artists in Communities grant helped transform the space, using art to promote well-being and reflection.

A partnership with Saskatoon’s Void Gallery enabled Centennial Collegiate teachers to incorporate printmaking into their curriculum.

Heather Benning's artwork, The Altar, brings to light the true story of a young couple in rural Saskatchewan who came to tragic ends. It was recently purchased by the Saskatchewan Arts Board's Permanent Collection.

Regina artist-run printmaking centre Articulate Ink realized its goal of establishing an artist residency, with the help of a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant.

The Saskatchewan Arts Board added 25 new pieces of art to our Permanent Collection this fall. Many of the artists are new to the collection.

When administrators at a Regina inner-city school saw a gap in their educational offerings, they turned to a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant to enable student participation in Indigenous cultural art-making.

Dance is attracting attention globally as a movement practice that benefits those with Parkinson’s. Dance engages participants’ minds and bodies, creates an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration and emphasizes balance and rhythm. Dancer Fran Gilboy is working with participants in Regina on a class funded by a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant.

With the help of an Artists in Schools grant, Wadena Elementary School invited Elders and artists from nearby Fishing Lake First Nation, where a number of their students live, to share traditional teachings. 

A learning opportunity created in Saskatchewan went national this fall. For the first time, teachers from across Canada were invited to sign up their Grades 3-8 classes for a series of LIVE Arts broadcasts as part of Canada’s 150 celebrations. These curriculum-based lessons featured Indigenous artists living in Saskatchewan and collaborators from other regions and focused on the topics of resilience, respect and reconciliation.