SaskCulture E-Update Newsletter

Cultural News in Saskatchewan for late February to early March 2020.
February 23, 2020 | Communications Chair

Language Remediation Project Underway at the Western Development Museum: Answering TRC Calls to Action #43 and #67
The Western Development Museums of North Battleford, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon and Yorkton launched a systematic evaluation of the language used in signs and text in their galleries. Spread across two phases, this evaluation will take years to complete and will focus on community consultations and relationship-building moving forward. To read more about the efforts being undertaken click here.

Michael Greyeyes to Enter Canadian Dance Hall of Fame
Saskatchewan-born nêhiyaw actor, choreographer and director Michael Greyeyes will be inducted into the 2020 Dance Collection Danse Hall of Fame this year. Greyeyes is the first Indigenous student to graduate from Canada's National Ballet School and join the National Ballet of Canada. To read the full story, click here.

Freedom to Read Week - February 23 - 29, 2020
Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed to them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Saskatchewan Libraries Association is offering 10 grants of up to $200 for libraries planning special events or programs featuring the Freedom to Read Week. For more information, or to apply for these grants, click here.

Introducing Leah Mertz - The 10th Saskatchewanderer
Musician, self-proclaimed digital fanatic and voiceover artist, Leah Mertz has officially been announced as the 2020 Saskatchewanderer. Follow Leah's year of wandering the province on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube. Read up on her latest adventures by visiting www.saskatchewanderer.ca. To read the full story, click here.

Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership Annual Summit
The Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership is holding its annual summit on April 30, 2020 in Saskatoon. Save the date, and watch the website for more information on the summit in the weeks to come.

Terry Schwalm - Retirement Announcement
Best wishes to Terry Schwalm, a long-time contributor to Saskatchewan's arts, culture and tourism sectors, on her January 1, 2020 retirement. Thank you for sharing your expertise and knowledge over the last 39 years.

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.


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Cultural Activity Planning Tips
SaskCulture recently refreshed its online events calendar by adding new features and options to help organizers better describe their events and activities for more effective promotion. While the promotion part is important for a successful event, so too is planning. Here are some pointers to help organizers plan a successful cultural activity or event.

SIX TIPS FOR PLANNING A SUCCESSFUL CULTURAL ACTIVITY

1.      IDENTIFY A NEED AND HAVE A CLEAR GOAL
Sometimes we hold an event for the pure enjoyment of getting together with others but generally, there is a reason for it. It is a good idea to identify the reason and have a clear goal because this will inform the rest of the planning.

2.      DESIGN TO ENGAGE PEOPLE
Once you have identified the need and set a clear goal, you can begin to think about how to engage the people at your event. Will your activities be interactive? Will there be take-away items?

3.      PROVIDE A CLEAR DESCRIPTION
Some of the best-planned events or activities can fail to get people in the door if important details are left out of the planning process. Examples can include bland event descriptions or the omission of important details like times or locations. Participants will decide whether to come or not based on this information so take the time to craft a clear description.

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