Eighteen touring projects, ranging from theatre, music and publishing to visual, media and multidisciplinary arts, were awarded a total of $265,000 in grants through the Saskatchewan Arts Board's Culture on the Go program at the February 2011 grant deadline. This is the third year of the pilot program, which aims to help Saskatchewan artists further their careers and share their art, music, literature and performances with people in our province and beyond.
Culture on the Go grants are made possible through funding provided to the Saskatchewan Arts Board by the Government of Saskatchewan, through the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport.
The recipients of Culture on the Go grants for the February 2011 deadline are:
- Askiy Productions (Saskatoon): $10,000 to mount the world premiere and Saskatchewan park tour of a stage play about the magical journey of a contemporary buffalo trying to find its herd; and to conduct drama workshops for young audiences at area First Nation bands.
- Carrie Catherine (Saskatoon): $10,000 to help fund a tour of 30 performances that use technology and innovation to create a powerful live show, and social media to make a lasting connection with audiences.
- Heather M. Cline (Regina): $10,000 to stage a multimedia project that combines performance art/installation and a visual art exhibition at five locations throughout Canada.
- Dancing Sky Theatre (Meacham): $20,000 to tour a theatre production to rural centres, with an aim of establishing a permanent rural circuit for its productions.
- Jolene Higgins (Nokomis): $20,000 to open a new international market through a UK tour and to use online marketing tools to nurture the growing domestic and international fan base.
- Michael Hosaluk (Saskatoon): $17,000 to tour an interactive and collaborative exhibition to Ottawa, ON; Prince George, BC; and Regina, SK.
- Library Voices Inc. (Regina): $20,000 to perform 50 concerts in support of a new, full-length album, including a short promotional tour, several festivals and a large-scale national tour.
- Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon): $30,000 to fund a national tour of the mid-career retrospective exhibition, Ruth Cuthand: Balk Talk (works 1983-2009), and accompanying catalogue.
- Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon): $7,000 to tour two productions to Saskatchewan schools and communities as part of its SaskTel Youth Tour.
- Queer City Cinema (Regina): $7,000 to tour recent media artwork that will travel to Victoria, BC; Edmonton, AB; Saskatoon, SK; Winnipeg, MB; St. John's, NF; and Halifax, NS.
- Rah Rah (Regina): $5,700 to travel across part of Europe as the opening act for Wintersleep.
- Kelly-Anne Riess (Moose Jaw): $10,000 to produce a dramatic poetry reading and historical improvised community plays.
- Saskatchewan Craft Council: $15,000 to generate wholesale opportunities for production craft artists with a sales representation program.
- Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association: $19,000 to organize/attend a marketing trip to Los Angeles to showcase the Saskatchewan film industry and its products to potential co-production partners.
- Saskatchewan Professional Art Galleries Association: $19,000 to showcase original Saskatchewan art via visual presentations at Tourism Saskatchewan Visitor Centres, accompanied by intriguing and beautiful art card print materials.
- Saskatchewan Publishers Group: $19,000 to have the Catalogue 2.0 Trade Show, which promotes and markets Saskatchewan-published books at new venues, and leaves new audiences with a sample of Saskatchewan in a compact and non-disposable format.
- SaskMusic: $19,000 to introduce Saskatchewan recording artists to major European festival buyers through private showcasing around respective Canada Day celebrations in London and Berlin.
- The Deep Dark Woods (Saskatoon): $7,300 to fund a US tour to promote the band's soon-to-be-released new album, and to expand awareness among industry professionals.
The Arts Board's mission is to cultivate an environment in which the arts thrive for the benefit of everyone in Saskatchewan. It serves the people of the province through programs and activities designed to build a strong and vibrant arts sector. For more information, visit www.artsboard.sk.ca.