MJMAG logoMoose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, Moose Jaw

Since the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery (MJMAG) was first founded as a division of the City of Moose Jaw’s Parks, Recreation and Culture department in 1966 and then eventually incorporated as a non-profit. They have been an integral part of the artistic landscape in Saskatchewan and in Canada. They have an institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion that is evident in both practice and policy. In 2019, they committed to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, including the creation of an Indigenous Advisory Committee. And their dedication to collaborating with the Multicultural Association of Saskatchewan and the Moose Jaw Newcomer Welcome Society to engage and empower newcomers has helped make Saskatchewan’s arts scene more complex and more vibrant. 

MJMAG’s influence extends beyond their own organization, and their collaborative efforts with other museums and art galleries have served to make Saskatchewan’s arts ecosystem stronger and better connected with communities across Canada. In 2001, they co-founded Small Cities Art Museums, a collective of galleries that shares in curation and offers a network for the sharing of exhibits. Their exhibits and commissioned installations are world class and have been shown as far away as Sydney, Australia and Tokyo, Japan. 

MJMAG’s commitment to supporting artists and making art accessible to the public extends to their annual events, like Park Art, a large-scale arts and crafts fair that provides the opportunity for artists to sell their works and for the public to engage with art in fun and interesting ways, fostering a love of the arts in people of all demographics.

 

On the Boards logoOn the Boards Staging Company, Saskatoon

On the Boards Staging Company (OTB) is a visionary organization that provides guidance, inspiration and practical support to self-producing artists and small arts organizations. It evolved from the concept of a shared-resource organization into a respected and well-regarded non-profit with an innovative structure, bold leadership and solid governance. They work collaboratively with artists, meeting with them before, during, and after their productions to ensure that their unique needs are being met and to understand what could be done better or differently with each passing production. 

This approach led them to form the successful Open Storefront Project, which offers free space for artists to rehearse and create. Their space, The Refinery, is a venue for independent production and the home of Live Five, Wide Open Puppet Theatre, Floyd Festival and countless independent artists and companies. Founding members Jim Arthur and Cynthia Dyck provide technical and administrative mentorship, helping emerging artists with everything from media relations to technical support to understanding the financial side of their businesses. It also provides artists and performers with a unique and functional space for collaboration and community-building.

In addition to performances, OTB provides space for other worthwhile community projects like workshops, panels, book launches and community gatherings of all kinds. They’ve also offered their support and expertise to help other fledgling projects take off, including providing administrative services for the newly formed Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals from 2012 to 2014 and partnering with Hardly Art Theatre to co-produce and develop the Short Cuts Ten-Minute Play Festival, which has grown into its own self-supporting organization.

 

Sage Hill LogoSage Hill Writing

For more than 30 years, Sage Hill Writing has been a vital part of the Canadian literary ecosystem. It has been fostering excellence in the literary arts through workshops, retreats, one-on-one consultations and other professional development opportunities for writers at every stage of their careers. Although it attracts some of Canada’s most respected and renowned writers as mentors and teachers, it remains down-to-earth, accessible, student-centred and committed to nurturing writers through the challenging and often raw process of improving their craft. Many writers who pass through Sage Hill’s programming go on to publish their work and return as instructors and board members, eager to pass along the knowledge they gained as program participants. 

Sage Hill also has extensive programs to help Saskatchewan youth develop their skills and talents as writers. Over the years approximately 2,000 young people between 11-18 years of age have participated in inclusive, supportive writing workshops taught by accomplished professional writers. Sage Hill youth programs are free of charge and committedly diverse, providing a safe place for Indigenous, newcomer, LGBTQ2S+ and disabled youth.

As an environment devoted to nurturing and mentoring writers, many of whom go on to achieve literary acclaim, Sage Hill Writing plays a foundational role in fostering a sense of community and camaraderie. In addition to providing numerous opportunities for professional development and connections, Sage Hill is also the birthplace of cherished lifelong friendships between writers whose connections form a collegial network that is essential to the Canadian literary landscape.