SaskCulture E-Update - February 3, 2021

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SaskCulture E-Update

February 3, 2021


Aboriginal Storytelling Month
Black History Month

Archives Week (Feb. 7 - 13)
National Flag of Canada Day (Feb. 15)
Random Act of Kindness Day (Feb. 17)

Family Day (Feb. 15)
International Mother Language Day (Feb. 21)


In Memoriam - Jacqueline Shumiatcher (1923 - 2021)
Jacqueline Shumiatcher, a passionate supporter of the arts, passed away on February 1, 2021. Awarded the Order of Canada in 2017 for her philanthropy, Jacqueline contributed immensely to numerous arts and culture organizations within the province. Jacqueline's support, both financial and through personal involvement, enriched many organizations throughout the City of Regina including the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Regina.

New Federal Support Initiative Available
The Federal Government shared details for the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP). This program is available through your primary lender as of February 1, 2021. HASCAP provides 100% government-backed loans and will provide $25,000 - $1 million per legal entity, up to a maximum of $6.25 million, to be used for operational cash flow. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2021.

COVID-19 Assistance Programs Update
SaskCulture has updated our COVID-19 Response Updates page to better reflect current programs being offered by the Federal and Provincial Governments, as well as by SaskCulture. Many of the current programs are beginning to wind down, so be sure to check whether you or your organization are eligible for any current COVID-19 related assistance.

Engage Your Community's Cultural Programming with a CCEP Grant
SaskCulture's Community Cultural Engagement and Planning is accessible by municipalities, First Nations, Tribal Councils, Métis Locals or Métis Regions in Saskatchewan to plan for the cultural life of a community. CCEP aims to support research, community engagement, cultural planning, community investment and development, and collaboration and partnerships between various cultural organizations and community sectors that promote cultural vitality and economic sustainability. Click here to learn more about this grant program. Deadline to apply is February 16, 2021.

Develop Youth Leadership and Cultural Art with an AACL Grant
SaskCulture's Aboriginal Art and Cultural Leadership (AACL) grant is open to registered non-profits or First Nation bands or municipalities in Saskatchewan that meet the guidelines of the AACL grant. Applications for this grant program will open on Friday, February 5, 2021. More information about the AACL grant can be found hereDeadline to apply is Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Writers Wanted for Culture Days
Culture Days is looking for contributors and writers from across the country with fresh perspectives and unique stories to share through its blog series. The theme for Culture Days 2021 is RE:IMAGINE  a very fitting and timely theme after the events of 2020, that will hopefully inspire many cultural and artistic interpretations. For more details on this opportunity, check out the Culture Days site – the deadline for submissions is Friday, March 12 at 5:00pm EST. 

Build Business Partnerships with artsvest
Business / Arts is launching the artsvest program for 2021. Supported by Canadian Heritage and regional funders, information sessions for the intake program will take place online in February 2021. A representative of an organization must attend one of the information sessions in order to qualify for artsvest funding. Sessions are scheduled for:
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Saskatchewan Writer Named Parliamentary Poet Laureate
The Speakers of the House of Commons and the Senate announced the appointment of Louise Bernice Halfe - Sky Dancer to a two year term as the Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Halfe, known for sharing her experiences as a residential school survivor, served as Saskatchewan's Poet Laureate in 2005 and was recently recognized with the 2020 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. 

Association Executive Society Seeks Saskatchewan Branch Support
The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) is looking to establish a regional branch in Saskatchewan. CSAE is looking for 25 executive members in Saskatchewan to sign an endorsement in order to take the next steps in the process.

COVID-19's Impact on Saskatchewan Museums
The Museums Association of Saskatchewan published updated responses to surveys conducted in April and October of 2020. The data collected highlights the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Saskatchewan's museums, as well as shows the challenges facing the arts and culture sector in the province as a whole.

MAS Survey Looking for Input
The Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) is looking for input as it prepares virtual programming for the 2021 season. This short 3 question survey will help facilitate planning for the year and only takes a few minutes to complete. The survey closes on February 7, 2021.

Sinclair Urges Canadians to Address Systemic Racism
As he retires from the Canadian Senate, Murray Sinclair is urging Canadians to acknowledge and address issues of systemic racism in Canada's institutions. Sinclair, who chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2009 - 2015, encourages Canadians to continue the 'constant conversation' of Reconciliation and to work towards implementing the 94 Calls to Action put forward by the TRC Commission in its Final Report.

Hire Youth Through Young Canada Works
The Young Canada Works program creates meaningful youth employment in the built heritage sectors by helping employers offer summer jobs and internships. Learn more eligibility criteria for this program or click here to submit an application. The deadline for internship positions is Monday, March 1, 2021.


Getting Organized for 2021

While we learned from 2020 that even the best laid plans can be thrown for a loop by external factors, the more prepared you can be the better your response to the unexpected. With that in mind, SaskCulture has a variety of resources available freely on our website to help organizations make plans, get organized, and prepare for the unexpected.

Whether you’re a brand new organization with questions about setting up a non-profit or an established group looking for ways to enhance your organization’s diversity and inclusiveness strategies, our Organizational Resources page is easy to navigate and will help you find some of the leading practices that can take your organization to the next level.

Click Here to View All Our Organizational Resource Topics


Parkland Valley Social Media Webinar Series
Session 2 - Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 10:30am - 12:00pm CST
Session 3 - Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 10:30am - 12:00pm CST
Where: Online
Who: Em Ironstar
Click here to register.

Grant Writing Workshop
When: Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 10:30am - 12:00pm CST & 1:00pm - 2:30pm CST
Where: Online
Who: Shelley Thoen-Chaykowski
Click here to register.

Fundraising Trends of 2021
When: Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 1:00pm EST (10:00am PST)
Where: Online
Who: Daryl Hatton
Free to attend, but registration is restricted to the first 1,000 registrants; all others will be sent recordings of the workshop after the event. Click here to register.

February 4, 2021 | Communications Chair

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