Arts & Culture Handbook

Between January and March 2011 the Northern Sport, Culture & Recreation District conducted a Northern Saskatchewan wide artist registry and developed the Northern Saskatchewan Arts and Culture Handbook. Artists were encouraged to self-register, community partners were asked to aid artists in the registration process and communities in all three service areas of the NSCRD were visited to help the Cree and Dene speaking artists with the registration. The result is a first impression of Northern Saskatchewan?s arts and culture scene. We know there are many more talented artists in our communities than represented in the handbook. We did not reach all artists and we strive to continue the promotion of northern artists as we get to know who they are. We hope to link artists to their communities within Northern Saskatchewan and to the province?s art world. The handbook is designed to help schools and communities to access artists for programming, community events and showcasing. It promotes an understanding of the value of the arts and artists in our schools and communities and the necessity of compensating artists for passing on their skills. It strives to promote the artists, help them to develop further and receive support through communities and grant programs.

Artists represented in the handbook all have some degree of experience in their field. Their skill levels vary from hobby artists over emerging artists to professional artists. The artists have not undergone an official screening process and it is up to the discretion of the schools and community to decide whether to hire an artist represented in this handbook. The handbook includes some useful strategies on successfully integrating artists in school or community programming and some tips for artists on how to prepare and present workshops and as well as classroom management strategies.

We welcome your feedback about your experiences as an artist working with the community and the communities? feedback on artist led workshops. You can use the Evaluation Forms in this handbook. If you know of an artist, who should be included in the handbook, please pass a Registration Form on and - in case of language barriers - please help in the registration process.