SaskCulture: E Update for March 1st, 2020

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Call for Nominations - SaskCulture Board of Directors
SaskCulture is seeking volunteers for the SaskCulture Board of Directors. SaskCulture strives to build a culturally vibrant future in which all citizens of Saskatchewan individually and collectively, celebrate, value and support participation in and access to cultural experience.

Positions to be filled include a two-year term as Chair, and three, two-year term positions with demonstrated knowledge in arts, First Nations culture, multiculturalism, and one Membership at Large position. 
The complete application package is available on SaskCulture's website.

Sask Lotteries Logo Update
On February 18, Sask Lotteries announced and revealed their new logo. Moving forward, organizations that receive funding from Sask Lotteries will need to update funding recognition to reflect these changes. (Any materials already in production with the former logo do not need to be reprinted or redesigned, but any new materials should be produced using the new logos.) Logos and their usage guidelines can be found here.

Saskatchewan Archives' New Online Catalogue is now Available!
The Saskatchewan Archives' new online catalogue is now available. You can view the archive here.

Reconciliation Agreement Signed at One Arrow First Nation
As part of the work undertaken by the Prairie Rivers Reconciliation Committee (PRRC), twenty-two signatories committed to a reconciliation agreement at signing ceremony at One Arrow First Nation on February 6, 2020. To read more, click here.

Funding to Commemorate the History and Legacy of Residential Schools
Canadian Heritage has announced the Commemorating the History and Legacy of Residential Schools component of Celebration and Commemoration Program. This program provides grants and contributions to eligible recipients for initiatives that will increase awareness and commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools, and honour residential school survivors, their families and communities. For more information, or to apply for funding, click here.

Sask Non-Profit VolunteerConnector
VolunteerConnector is a free platform for organizations to post volunteer positions and for volunteers to explore and apply to available opportunities. To find out more, or to post or browse current opportunities, click here.

Linked Digital Futures Project
The Canadian Arts Presenting Association is working on this project to offer arts organizations and artists the opportunity for digital transformation coaching. Performing arts and arts services organizations across Canada are invited to apply for the program, through which they will receive up to 15 hours of free digital transformation coaching. To learn more about the application process, and to submit your application, click here.

Grant Applicants Now Eligible to Join Saskatchewan Arts Board Board of Directors
After consultation with the arts community, the Saskatchewan Arts Board has changed its Conflict of Interest Policy so that artists and arts professionals may serve on the board and remain eligible for grant programs of less than $20,000. Nominations for the board are currently open, with a deadline of March 16, 2020 to apply. For more information, or to fill out a nomination form, click here.

2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards Nominees Announced
The nominees for the 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards have been announced. Paul Seesequasis' novel, Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun, leads the nominations having been selected in four categories. In total 36 books have been shortlisted in 13 categories for this year's awards. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 25 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. Tickets for the awards can be purchased here.

SUMA Rebranding - Municipalities of Saskatchewan
At the annual general meeting during the 2020 Convention, President Gordon Barnhart announced a rebranding for the organization from SUMA to the Municipalities of Saskatchewan. The name change was undertaken to better reflect membership in the organization and be more representative of the diversity of member communities.

Saskatchewan Artists Win 2020 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts
Two artists with Saskatchewan roots are recipients of this year's Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Saskatoon-based artist Ruth Cuthand and Yorkton-born artist Dana Claxton are among this year's winners. To learn more about Ruth and her works, click here. To learn more about Dana and her works, click here.

Making Government Grants Work for Communities
Imagine Canada, a charitable policy advocate organization, published an article on reforming and enhancing the relationship between public policy and charitable granting relationships. This informative article can be read in full here.

Promote Your Events NOW!
The event calendar on SaskCulture's site has been updated and upgraded to highlight new arts and cultural events taking place daily across the province. Make sure your event is represented among the wealth of arts and culture events that are taking place in 2020. Submit now.

Want to help promote this new events calendar, while also making sure audiences are noticing your posted events? Then share the Events Calendar promotion images across your network. You can find events calendar promotions in the downloads section of this page.


Instagram Stories 101

Instagram is one of the fastest growing social media apps in the world. Between 250 and 500 million people use its Stories function every day. Many non-profit organizations use it as a simple, cost-effective method to reach new and existing audiences.

Besides being accessible and relatively easy to use, users also appreciate the ability to share temporary images or videos that depict their organizations, programs and services in a way that is visually appealing, thanks to in-app features such as filters, stickers and Boomerang.

Here is some information to help make the most of Instagram Stories:

Remember the ideal dimensions for Instagram stories: post vertical pictures or videos that are 1080 pixels wide X 1920 pixels tall, with an aspect ratio of 9:16 for optimum viewing
Experiment with in-app features – Instagram features like filters or stickers can help make your content stand out
Tag your location – your Story will show up in the public feed of the tagged location, helping you reach new audiences.

Click Here to Read More


CARFAC Saskatchewan Upcoming Workshops
Proposal to Exhibition - Saturday, Feb 29 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm in Saskatoon (contact [email protected] to register)

Pricing Your Artwork - Saturday, March 14 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm in Melfort (contact [email protected] to register)

Land Based Connections & Belonging
When: Thursday, March 5, 2020

Where: Saskatchewan Beach Community Hall (249 Lakeview Avenue), Saskatchewan Beach

Genealogy 101 (3:00pm - 5:00pm) - Mini-Workshop presented by the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society will show you how to shake your family tree and discover your roots. They will share some tricks of the trade on research and exploration.

Land Acknowledgements (6:30pm - 7:30pm) - Aaron Tootoosis, from the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, will discuss the importance of Treaty acknowledgements and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

posakanaciweyiniwak: nitaskinan (7:30pm - 8:00pm) - Author and Story Teller, Senator Bill Strongarm will share with us excerpts from his new book on sites of importance for the Touchwood Hills people in the Last Mountain Lake Region.

Light dinner served around 5:30pm. Participants are welcome to attend all sessions, or just the ones in the afternoon or evening as desired.

Cost: Free to those who live in the Prairie Central District, $20 for those outside district boundaries.

Registration is required by March 3, 2020. Click here to register.

Saskatchewan Arts Board Grant Information Workshop
When: Thursday, March 5, 2020

Where: Don Ross Centre, 891 - 99th Street, North Battleford, SK

What: Alex will host an informal session talking about the grants that are available through the Saskatchewan Arts Board that professional artists, art organizations, or any interested community members can apply for. He will give an overview of Saskatchewan Arts Board programs and will host some activities to get participants familiar with how grants are put together and evaluated.

Who: Alex Rogalski, Program Consultant

Cost: Free, but registration is required by March 2nd. To register, please contact Bonnie Mills Midgley ([email protected])

Valued Volunteer Workshop
When: 10:0am - 4:00pm, Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Where: Elrose Uniplex, 100 - 5th Avenue West, Elrose, SK

What: How do we get more volunteers? Why volunteer? This workshop will look at recruiting and retaining volunteers in an intergenerational setting.

Who: Brenda Robinson, Robcan Group; Andrew Exelby, SPRA Parks and Open Spaces Consultant and Communities in Bloom Coordinator

Cost: Free, but registration is required by March 13th. To register, please contact Bonnie Mills Midgley ([email protected])

Building Intercultural Competence
When: 8:30am - 12:00pm, Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Where: mâmawêyatitân centre, 3355 6th Avenue, Regina, SK

What: Intercultural competence has been described as the missing link between diversity and inclusion. Inclusion hinges on the capability of leaders and managers to understand, accept, and adapt to cultural differences in their employees and clients. In a diverse workforce, intercultural competence is integral to improving intercultural interactions and retention for the organization.

Who: Angeline Chia, Sights on Success Consulting

Cost: Free, Registration is required. Click here to register.

Beyond the Project: Fostering Ongoing Engagement with Your Community
When: 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET, Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Where: Webinar

What: There is a growing interest and desire for organizations to engage with community members on an ongoing basis, to build relationships with community members, and open up space to listen to community members without a project-based agenda. Join our speakers as they share the benefits of ongoing engagement; show inspiring examples of how others have moved beyond transactional engagement; and brainstorm ideas to help you expand the scope of your engagement practices.

Who: Anthea Brown, Engagement Manager & Practice Lead (Bang The Table), Lisa Attygalle, Consulting Director - Community Engagement (Tamarack Institute)

Cost: Free, Registration is required. Click here to register.

Register for SaskCulture's Nonprofit Lifecycles Capacity Lab 2020
SaskCulture invites members to consider participating in its upcoming Lifecycles Capacity Lab! The Capacity Lab is a blend of in-class learning and practical applications that will help executive directors and board members work together to explore the health of their organizations based on five Nonprofit Lifecycle areas: programming, governance, financial resources (business model), management/staffing and administrative systems.

From March to October 2020, organizational leaders in the Capacity Lab will participate in six sessions – a combination of in-person and virtual learning sessions led by experienced capacity-building specialists.

Register now: SaskCulture Members: $200-300 per team (based on organizational budget), Non-members: $400 per team. Space is limited to 20 organizational teams (made up of executive director and two board members). Click here for more information.

Funding Opportunities
SaskCulture Grants

Multicultural Initiatives Fund - Project
Apply before March 31, 2020

Cameco Creative Kids Northern Cultural Fund
Apply before March 31, 2020

Métis Cultural Development Fund
Apply before April 30, 2020

Other Grants

Moffat Family Fund
Deadline Feb 28, 2020

Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program
Deadline Feb 28, 2020

Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation
Deadline Mar 1, 2020

Artists in Communities
Deadline Mar 10, 2020

Artists in Schools
Deadline Mar 10, 2020

Commemorating the History and Legacy of Residential Schools
Deadline Mar 27, 2020 (Projects $5,000 and less)
Deadline April 9, 2020 (Projects $5,001 to $50,000)

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