A Poundmaker Cree Nation artist and organization were awarded grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board at the recent deadlines, totaling $23,751.
Artist Floyd Favel received a $5,751 Independent Artists grant to “create/present a multi-disciplinary performance, ‘Following the Medicine’ of the story of Peyote’s arrival into Saskatchewan in the 1930s.” He also received a $10,000 Indigenous Peoples Art and Artists grant to “write down and publish, accompanied by visual images, the story of Broken Knife Lookout on Poundmaker Cree Nation.”
Miyawata Culture Association Inc. received an $8,000 SaskFestivals grant in support of the Poundmaker Performance Festival – International Indigenous Performance and Plenary, a four-day event on the Poundmaker Cree Nation that presents Indigenous performance and culture.
Independent Artists grants support Saskatchewan artists to pursue their creative work and careers by funding creative, professional development or research projects and the performance of artistic works. These grants support the ongoing development of artistic practice in Saskatchewan.
The Indigenous Peoples Art and Artists program aims to increase access to public funding by Indigenous artists in Saskatchewan, either to develop their artistic/cultural practices or to share their art, skills and teachings.
SaskFestivals grants support and encourage festival organizations and series presenters that have a positive impact on the arts in Saskatchewan. This includes financial support for their artistic programs and services and governance, management, administrative and operational functions. SaskFestivals is supported by funding from SaskCulture Inc. through the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation.
At the most recent grant deadlines, the Saskatchewan Arts Board awarded funding to more than 100 individuals and organizations, totaling almost $850,000. Arts Board funding supports a variety of initiatives, including organizations that provide ongoing programs in the arts, the creative work of professional artists, community art projects and the engagement of professional artists to work in schools with students and teachers.
Established in 1948, the Saskatchewan Arts Board is the oldest public arts funder in North America and second oldest in the world after the Arts Council of Great Britain. We provide grants, programs and services to individuals and groups whose activities have an impact on the arts in Saskatchewan and ensure that opportunities exist for Saskatchewan residents to experience all art forms. For more information on our programs and services, visit www.saskartsboard.ca.