Four local entities have been awarded grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
Two grants were awarded to the community of Rockglen. The Rockglen School received a $7,960 ArtsSmarts grant to have artist Jay Kimball work with students to create books that combine writing and digital photography and which will be presented at a local arts festival.
Arts in the Park received a $2,400 SaskFestivals grant to hold the eighth Arts in the Park, offering art classes, entertainment, demonstrations, and displays of local artists and performers.
The festival also received a $7,200 Creative Partnerships Explorations grant to examine the sustainability of a visual arts program and to examine whether having a visual artist-in-residence would be an effective means of taking the program to the next level and entrenching the activities in the community.
The Assiniboia Elementary School was awarded a $5,935 ArtsSmarts grant to teach students to express their culture and place using personal iconography to create bowls made from local resources.
ArtsSmarts Saskatchewan offers arts and education grants to schools, artists and community partnerships for innovative projects in any art form that bring K-12 students and professional artists together. This program is offered through a partnership among the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Ministry of Education and SaskCulture Inc.
The Wood Mountain Folk Festival in Wood Mountain was awarded a $4,500 SaskFestivals Project grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board to present its second annual festival at the Mergel Ranch.
Through a partnership with SaskCulture Inc. and Saskatchewan Lotteries, the Saskatchewan Arts Board provides grants under its SaskFestivals program to help eligible festivals celebrate their communities, promote tourism, deliver rewarding experiences for audiences and artists alike, and heighten awareness and appreciation of Saskatchewan art and artists.
The Creative Partnerships Explorations program assists communities, institutions, work places, school divisions and band schools that wish to explore opportunities for arts and cultural development in partnership with a professional artist in any discipline. Funding partners for Creative Partnerships include the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture Inc., Saskatchewan Lotteries and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.
For the quarter ending December 31, 2011, the Saskatchewan Arts Board awarded 208 grants to individuals and organizations, totaling more than $1.6 million.