Who is doing this study?
The Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research (SPAR) was formed by the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture and the University of Regina to develop a common base of research relating to the provincial arts community that could inform effective, evidence-based policies and programs. SPAR is advised by a Community of Understanding consisting of individuals representing the point of view of key stakeholders: artists, patrons, municipal and provincial governments, and respected arts researchers at the national and international levels.
Why is it important that you respond to our surveys or participate?
This study’s research will directly influence funding, programs and policies which can strengthen the provincial arts ecology from the perspective of emerging and senior artists as well as appropriately reflect the role of artists and creativity more generally within local communities and the whole province. Studies have shown that artists and the arts can be vital contributors to the health and well being of communities as well as their cultural and economic sustainability. Our partners want to know the extent to which that is currently true in Saskatchewan to facilitate the creation and maintenance of a climate that will maximize such contributions in the future.
How can I participate?
What do you mean by “the Arts Ecology of Saskatchewan”?
References to “Arts Ecology” draw from the concept of ecology first developed in the natural sciences to refer to integrated, interconnected systems of living organisms. Increasingly the term “ecology” has been applied to other types of social, economic or cultural systems--like the arts. The implication of the term is that various arts disciplines and organizations as well as the individual artists they encompass function as an integrated, interconnected system. Theories regarding “creative economies” and “creative cities” have further suggested that the creative work of artists is an integral component of thriving 21st century economies and communities. It’s also argued that artists are fundamentally central to the identity, health and well-being of communities and the individuals who live in them. However, we actually know very little about how artists work on a day to day basis, the kinds of connections they make or need for the realization of their work, their particular role in the larger economy or the extent to which they benefit directly from it, or the extent to which they and their creative work are integrated into and connected with what the artist defines as their “community.” The goal of our research is to understand the extent to which there is a functioning arts ecology in Saskatchewan at these various levels and how that ecology can be strengthened.
How do I access your research results?
A fuller discussion of research questions and methodology click here
If you have any further questions concerning the Arts Ecology of Saskatchewan research project, please contact:
Mary Blackstone, Director
Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research,
c/o Department of Theatre
University of Regina, S4S 0A2