A trio of Saskatchewan Arts Board grants have been awarded in support of a series of diverse projects across the Southwest.
The Eastend Historical Museum & Cultural Centre was awarded a $10,000 Creative Partnerships – Explorations grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board to hold a heritage hoe-down dance/dinner event for diverse local communities, led by professional dance artists.
A second $10,000 Creative Partnerships - Explorations grant was presented to the Family Resource Centre Swift Current in order to provide a foundation for an artist-in-residence program benefiting vulnerable families in the community.
The Saskatchewan Arts Board directs their Creative Partnerships – Explorations program grants to assist 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.
The third regional arts board grant was awarded to Shaunavon visual artist Kent Tate. He received a $7,200 Independent Artists grant to explore the relationship of shadow and light in Southwest Saskatchewan with a digital panoramic print and looping silent movies in a gallery setting.
Independent Artists grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board are intended to support the creation, development or performance of new work in any art form, professional development for artists and research in the arts. These grants support the ongoing development of artistic practice in Saskatchewan as well as independent curators and critics in all disciplines.
During the final quarter of 2013, the Saskatchewan Arts Board awarded over 140 grants totalling more than $1.2 million to a variety of individuals and organizations. 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.
For more information on the Saskatchewan Arts Board visit www.artsboard.sk.ca.