Saskatchewan Arts Board

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The Saskatchewan Arts Board is an arms-length funding agency that provides support to the arts in Saskatchewan: to artists, arts organizations and communities on behalf of the people of Saskatchewan. It was established in 1948. The Arts Board has offices located in Regina and Saskatoon, and professional staff is available to consult with artists, arts organizations and community members regarding programs and application process.

The Arts Board is governed by The Arts Board Act, 1997, and funded by the Government of Saskatchewan through the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, with additional support from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation as a result of the Arts Board's partnership with SaskCulture Inc.

The importance of the input and feedback of the community it serves is a priority throughout the Arts Board's operations and is formalized within The Arts Board Act, 1997. Although officially appointed by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council, one-third of the members of the Arts Board’s board of directors is chosen from a list of nominees provided by the arts community. This process assists in ensuring the Arts Board is representative of the thoughts, ideas and directions of the community itself. The board reports to the province’s minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Funding and Programs[edit]

The Arts Board offers several funding opportunities and programs for individuals and organizations, including:

  • Artists in Communities (formerly Creative Partnerships)
  • Artists in Schools (formerly ArtsSmarts)
  • Arts Entrepreneurship and Business Development Course
  • Culture on the Go
  • Independent Artists Program
  • Indigenous Pathways Initiative
  • Prince Edward Arts Scholarship
  • Professional Arts Organizations Program
  • SaskFestivals

The Arts Board also administers grant and award programs in partnership with other agencies, such as the Access Copyright Foundation and the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts.

Permanent Collection[edit]

The Arts Board's Permanent Collection is a collection of art by Saskatchewan artists. It includes nearly 3,000 works of art in all media by more than 600 artists and is the largest body of work by Saskatchewan artists in the world.

The Arts Board makes the Permanent Collection accessible by bringing it to the people of the province in their workplaces, schools and communities. Works form the collection are loaned to galleries and other venues around the province and country for exhibitions, film production, broadcast and publication opportunities. The Arts Board's Art Rental program brings artwork into the office. Art Rental clients are Saskatchewan government departments, agencies, crown corporations, boards, commissions and the corporate sector. Non-profit organizations and institutions may also rent art from the Saskatchewan Arts Board's Permanent Collection.

Saskatchewan Arts Awards[edit]

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary in 1988, the Arts Board established the Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts. The award honours Saskatchewan individuals whose accomplishments have had a major impact on the arts provincially, nationally and internationally.

In 2004, the awards program expanded and the Arts Board established the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards to recognize the achievements made by individuals, groups and organizations in the arts.

In 2016, it was renamed the Saskatchewan Arts Awards.

In addition to the award, all recipients receive a cash prize. Award categories include Lieutenant Governor's Lifetime Achievement, Emerging Artist, Leadership - Individual, Leadership - Organization, Arts and Learning, and Artistic Excellence.


  • Legislative Building 100th Anniversary Artist Residency

The Legislative Building Artist in Residence Program was part of the province's year-long celebration in 2012 of the 100th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building and was developed in partnership with the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Under the guidance of artist-in-residence coordinator Laura Hale, who also served as a resident artist, the eight participants explored the history and significance of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building through their own artistic disciplines.

Each artist hosted a community engaged project to encourage cultural exchange at the Legislative Building and created a work of art that is displayed in one of the alcoves in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building. The artwork was unveiled in December 2012.

  • Artists in the Community

The Artists in the Community project ran from October 2006 to September 2007. It was presented by the Saskatchewan Arts Board in collaboration with the City of Saskatoon, with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Cultural Capitals of Canada program.

Eight community-based residencies were selected from a broad variety of sectors within Saskatoon. Organizational staff, volunteers, community members, managers, and organization clientele had the unique opportunity to work with an artist for six to nine months.

The Artists in the Community project was presented by the Saskatchewan Arts Board in collaboration with the City of Saskatoon, with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Cultural Capitals of Canada program, a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

  • Art at Work

In 2004 the Art At Work project was presented by the Saskatchewan Arts Board, in collaboration with the City of Regina, with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Cultural Capitals of Canada program, a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

100 Years of Heart: Celebrating Saskatchewan's Centennial[edit]

The Saskatchewan Arts Board was involved in celebrating Saskatchewan's Centennial in 2005 with two important projects:

  • Centennial Commissions Project: To celebrate the Saskatchewan Centennial, the Saskatchewan Arts Board commissioned the design, creation, and installation of four large-scale, permanent, outdoor artworks in four Saskatchewan gateway communities: Estevan (Spinning Prairie by Jefferson Little); Lloydminster (Sky Dance by Douglas Bentham); Yorkton (Doorways to Opportunity by Lionel Peyachew) and LaRonge (Portage by Chris St. Amand).
  • Saskatchewan Centennial Mural Project: The Province of Saskatchewan designated funding for the creation of a large mural in the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. The painting was installed in the rotunda of the Legislative building. Roger Jerome, a Métis artist who lives in Air Ronge, designed and painted the mural, Northern Tradition and Transition.

External links[edit]


Riddell, W.A. 1979. Cornerstone For Culture: A History of the Saskatchewan Arts Board from 1948 to 1978. Regina: Saskatchewan Arts Board.