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SaskCulture E-Update
October 14, 2020
SaskCulture Grant Deadlines Approaching
Two SaskCulture grant programs have application deadlines in October: the Multicultural Initiatives Fund – Project, which aims to advance cross-cultural understanding and Reconciliation by supporting projects encouraging people to share, learn, appreciate, respect and accept cultural diversity, will accept applications until Thursday, October 15. The deadline for the Métis Cultural Development Fund, which supports community-based cultural activities and initiatives that preserve, strengthen and transmit Métis culture and traditions, is Monday, November 2.
Programming Evaluation Workshops Registration
SaskCulture is presenting two program evaluation workshops in partnership with Two Bridges Consulting, presented virtually. In the two sessions, you will learn the basics of program evaluation. This will include the differences (and similarities) between program evaluation and research, the history of program evaluation, the theoretical backings evaluators operate from, and the difference program evaluation can make for an organization. The workshops will also cover the basics of how to create a logic model, theory of change, and how to write indicators. Please note that you must register to attend both sessions. To learn more, and to register, click here.
Culture Days Wants to Hear From You
Did you attend an in person event or take part in an online activity as part of this year's extended Culture Day celebrations? If so, share your thoughts about your experiences and you can be entered to win a $250 prepaid VISA gift card. Find more information, and the survey link, here.
Heritage Saskatchewan Accredited by UNESCO for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)
Following UNESCO's General Assembly for the Convention for the Safeguarding of ICH in September 2020, Heritage Saskatchewan became accredited with recognized competence in the field of ICH. Heritage Saskatchewan joins 189 other heritage and cultural organizations in this capacity, of which nine others are Canadian, and will act as an advisor to the UNESCO ICH Committee while continuing to be a leader in safeguarding ICH in Saskatchewan. Click here to learn more.
Multiculturalism Matters in This Election
The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) has put together four questions, with a focus on multiculturalism, for people to ask their local candidates during this provincial election. Find the four questions here, and learn more about the different ways you can cast your ballot in this year's provincial election.
2020 Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) Award Winners Announced
At a virtual awards presentation on September 30, MAS presented several awards to deserving museums and individuals. You can view a full recording of the presentation on YouTube and find a full list of the winners on the MAS website.
Government of Canada Announces Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
The CRB is an income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI). Eligible applicants will be able to apply for a retroactive period dating back to September 27, 2020 and can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period; if your situation does not improve within 2 weeks, you can apply again for a maximum of 13 eligibility periods. To learn more about the application process, and to check your eligibility, click here.
Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) - Community Program Application Funding Available
These funds are being distributed as part of Employment and Social Development Canada’s ECSF to provide support to local community service organizations that provide rapid, emergency community support to vulnerable community members. Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 30, 2020 at 4:00pm. Funds are administered by local organizations based on region, use the links below to determine who is overseeing the fund in your local area:
Advocacy Starter Guide Available
The Community Presenters' Network (CPN) has commissioned a starter guide for arts and culture advocacy in the context of small, community-oriented venues and series presenters. Based on research into advocacy and debates on cultural value, along with interviews with individuals across Canada, the guide looks to better understand opportunities and obstacles that CPN members could collaborate together to tackle. Read the guide here.
Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) Gender Equality Reports
On October 19, CFC will be virtually launching a suite of Vital Signs reports focused on gender equality in Canada. The three reports - Power, Peace, and Planet - will speak to the ongoing obstacles to gender equality, the consequences of COVID-19, and the role that community foundations can play in a just recovery. Find out more, and register to attend the digital launch event, here.
MusiCounts Band Aid Program Accepting Applications
The MusiCounts program offers up to $15,000 worth of musical instruments, equipment and resources to any type of school music program. All public, separate and First Nations schools in Canada are welcome to apply. Funding can be used for existing music programs, or schools with no music program may apply to build a new program. Teachers, administrators and/or school support staff may prepare an application on their school's behalf. Applications are open until Thursday, November 19. To learn more about the program, please see the MusiCounts website.
The Change You Want to See Survey Now Open
Hill Strategies, in partnership with Rosa, is conducting a survey on workplace sexual harassment in the Canadian performing arts, film, and television industries. The survey is seeking Canadian union and non-union contract workers in the performing arts, film and television industries including, but not limited to: performers, crew members, screenwriters, playwrights, choreographers, set/costume/production designers, cinematographers, directors, production and post-production workers, and arts administrators and managers who are 18 years of age or older. To learn more, or to share your experiences, click here.
Caring for Your Mental Health During a Pandemic

The ongoing pandemic has forced changes to nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives in order to stop the virus from spreading in our communities. Many of these changes involve physical adaptations, such as working from home, but it’s important to acknowledge that there have been many mental and emotional impacts, as well.

October is Mental Health Awareness Month in Canada, and a fitting time to reflect on some helpful information, strategies and resources to help care for your mental health:

Visiting Artist Series - Devising Theatre and Storytelling
When: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm (CST)
Where: Online
Who: Kenn McLeod
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
Demystifying Reserve Funds
When: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:00pm (CST)
Where: Online
Who: Charity Village
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
Sponsorship Development Virtual Workshop
When: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm (CST)
Where: Online
Who: South West District for Culture, Recreation & Sport (SWDCRS)
Free for SWDCRS members, $20 for non-members, registration is required, click here to register.
Intersectionality and Socio-Cultural Barriers to Engaging/Retaining Girls, Women and Non-Binary People
When: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 10:00am - 11:30am (CST)
Where: Online
Who: Janelle Joseph (University of Toronto), Danielle Peers (University of Alberta), Tricia McGuire-Adams (University of Ottawa), Donnie Rosa (Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation)
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
Adaptation: How Our Heritage Places, Organizations, Fundraising and Advocacy Strategies are Adapting
When: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 12:15pm - 1:15pm (EST)
Where: Online
Who: National Trust for Canada
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
National Vital Signs Digital Launch
When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 12:30pm - 1:00pm (EST)
Where: Online
Who: Andrea Dicks (President of Community Foundations of Canada), Joy Nnadi (University of Prince Edward Island)
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
Program Evaluation Workshop - Part 1
When: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:00am - 12:00pm (CST)
Where: Online
Who: Micheal Heimlick
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
How to Run Crowdfunding Campaigns for Your Non-Profit That Will Generate Serious Revenue
When: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 11:00am - 11:30am (CST)
Where: Online
Who: Charity Village
Registration required, click here to register.
Virtual Cultural Gathering - Understanding Generational Shifts in a Community
When: Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 - 10:00am - 3:30pm (CST)
Where: Online
Who: Dr. Dave Manley, South West District for Culture, Recreation & Sport (SWDCRS)
Registration required; free for SWDCRS members, $20 for non-members, click here to register.
multiPLAY: Improvised Art Practice as Living Heritage
When: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm (CST)
Where: Online
Who: Dr. Rebecca Caines
Registration required, click here to register.
Program Evaluation Workshop - Part 2
When: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 10:00am - 12:00pm (CST)
Where: Online
Who: Micheal Heimlick
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
How to Set Up and Run Crowdfunding Campaigns Like Giving Tuesday or Year End in the Context of COVID-19
When: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 11:00am - 11:30am (CST)
Where: Online
Who: Charity Village
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
The State of the Sector: A Look Ahead to 2021
When: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Where: Online
Who: Bruce McDonald (President & CEO, Imagine Canada)
Free to attend, but registration is required, click here to register.
From Risk to Resilience: The Fundamentals of Risk Management for Festivals and Events E-Learning Course
When: Online course access granted for 30 days after registration (Complete at your pace)
Where: Online
Who: Peter Ashwin
Cost to access the course materials varies, click here for more information and to register.
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Hague Gallery, Creative City Centre, Regina
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Biggar Takes Step
Towards Reconciliation

"It’s a work in progress. The year prior, I had been to a blanket exercise the Museum Society of Saskatchewan had put on and I thought it was a very good teaching tool, it was important to get as many people from the town to get involved.
Delta Fay Cruickshank, Executive Director, Biggar Museum and Art Gallery
SaskCulture's E-Update is a bi-weekly electronic bulletin that includes information on upcoming SaskCulture events, programs and activities, along with other information and events that may be useful to cultural organizations, or individuals, interested in building a culturally vibrant community. 
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