The Saskatchewan Arts Board is pleased that the Government of Saskatchewan has renewed its support for the Culture on the Go program, with the announcement of an additional $800,000 investment. Culture on the Go is designed to help Saskatchewan artists and organizations tour and present their work.

The funding is divided evenly between the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Creative Saskatchewan. The Arts Board will fund Culture on the Go projects with the aim to provide access to the arts, to build arts appreciation and for audience development. Creative Saskatchewan will administer grants for commercially-focused initiatives.

"This investment in Culture on the Go will help artists build their careers by touring their work and it will also make a positive impact on people across our province, who will benefit from experiencing exceptional art in their own communities," says Ranjan Thakre, interim Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Saskatoon's Sum Theatre took its original production, My Rabbi, on a four-city international tour with the support of a Culture on the Go grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board. "The tour put us on the national and international stage as a company that produces relevant and exciting new Canadian theatre," play co-writer and actor and Sum Theatre artistic director Joel Bernbaum said. "I'm grateful to the Arts Board for providing this foundational piece of my growth as a theatre artist."

Culture on the Go began in 2009. Since the program's inception, the Saskatchewan Arts Board has invested more than $4.2 million to support Saskatchewan artists and art organizations. Thousands of Saskatchewan residents, and many more beyond our border, have enjoyed access to Saskatchewan art and artists through the program.

The Saskatchewan Arts Board was established in 1948 as the first agency of its kind in North America and second in the world to the Arts Council of Great Britain. In the decades since then, it has continued as a leader in Canada and builds on this strong tradition to meet ongoing opportunities for public investment in the arts. The Arts Board recognizes, encourages and supports the arts to enrich community well-being, creativity, diversity and prosperity. For more information on our programs and services, visit www.artsboard.sk.ca.