Workshops & Sessions

"We Are All Treaty People" 
Sponsored by Ticketpro

Friday, October 13 (1pm-4pm) Ramada Plaza, Oak Room 
Facilitator: Lyndon J Linklater, Office of the Treaty Commissioner

Lyndon J Linklater was appointed to the OTC Speakers Bureau in 2000. Since that time, he has presented to over 30,000 people delivering awareness and understanding about Treaties and First Nation awareness to Saskatchewan people. He is a powerful story teller that utilizes First Nation teachings that involve knowledge of ceremonies and mixes humor to deliver a poignant message.

Lyndon will speak about terms & identity of Aboriginal People, First Nation traditional world view, First Nation values and customs, Treaties with First Nations peoples and their relevance today. 

Saturday, October 14 (9:30am-10:30am) 

Join in one of three open discussions that will take place concurrently. 

INSPIRE & Curatorial Program
Ramada Plaza, Poplar Room 
Facilitator: Zoe Schneider, OSAC

An informational session on our two newest Visual Arts Programs. Learn how to engage youth in your community by joining the Inspire program. Delve in to the world of curation by joining the Curatorial Collective. Zoe will take you through the fundamentals of each program and will answer any questions you may have along the way.

"Working with Community"  
Ramada Plaza, Maple Room

Facilitators: Risa Payant & Gerry Ruecker, Common Weal Community Arts

Risa Payant has been committed to community engagement in the arts for over 15 years.  She has been the Executive Director with Common Weal Community Arts since 2015. Risa has supported the province's vibrant arts ecology through positions at the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina Folk Festival, and MacKenize Art Gallery. Risa became involved in the cultural community as an Art History and Interdisciplinary Studio Art BFA student at the University of British Columbia. She has created programming for diverse global communities. Risa does important work championing the arts across sectors and connecting artists to broader community-building efforts in meaningful and mutually beneficial ways. 

Gerry has been a practicing self-taught artist and arts educator for over 30 years. He works primarily in mixed media sculpture, sculptured furniture, and photography, and has exhibited extensively in Canada and internationally. In 2008, Gerry returned from a two-year volunteer position with CUSO in Kingston, Jamaica where he taugh art and photography in an inner city ghetto community, as well as developing his personal practice. While there, Gerry exhibited his sculpture in numerous exhibitions , including the 2008 Jamaica Biennale, held at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Gerry has been the Southern Artistic Director with Common Weal since 2009. 

For 25 years, Common Weal Community Arts has been dedicated to engaging professional artists with communities to promote social change and cultural identity through creative expression. Place, shared identity, or interest may define the participating communities, the majority of which are marginalized, underserved, or historically misrepresented. Join us as we discuss best practices for identifying community needs and developing meaningful programming. 

Stories From the SPARK Program
Ramada Plaza, Pine Room 
Facilitators: Rosemary McCallum & Skip Taylor, OSAC 

This session will focus on Spark, our youth presenters mentorship program. A panel comprised of Spark participants will be sharing their experiences and answering questions on the different ways the program was implemented, what worked, and what was challenging. Discussion will also focus on outcomes for the Arts Councils in terms of audience and engagement, as well as outcomes for the mentors and mentees in terms of personal and professional development. 

"How to Engage Newcomers in Your Organization & Communities"
Saturday, October 14 (10:40am-12:00noon) Ramada Plaza, Oak Room 
Facilitator: Rhonda Rosenberg, Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan 

Rhonda Rosenberg is the Executive Director of the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS). She has been working with the multicultural community in Saskatchewan since 1995 in a variety of roles. She has experience in anti-racism education, youth leadership, experiential education, cross-cultural education, non-profit management, and policy governance. Rhonda is passionate about bringing people together across differences to find opportunities for positive change. 

Rhonda will help to provide understanding and how to work effectively with newcomers and cultural diversity to grow both knowledge and skills. In this workshop, she will examine elements of culture that both help and hinder our understandings of each other. You will learn helpful tips and strategies to engage newcomers to your programs and services in your organizations and communities. 
Peforming Arts ExchangeFor OSAC members only
Sunday, October 15 (9:15am-11:15am) Ramada Plaza, Canadian Room 

OSAC delegates are given the opportunity to hear more about artists available to tour and make preliminary selections for the 2017/2018 season. Information on the 2017/2018 OSAC's Junior Concerts Program tours will also be presented. 

Visual Arts ExchangeFor OSAC members only
Sunday, October 15 (9:15am-11:15am) Ramada Plaza, Maple Room 

Discussion will include programming ideas for touring exhibitions, tour training, and program grant opportunities, as well as providing participants a forum to raise any concerns and share success stories. 

Agents, Managers & Artists ExchangeFor agents, managers and artists only 
Sunday, October 15 (9:15am-11:15am) Ramada Plaza, Pine Room 

An opportuntity for you to network with your colleagues.

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