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School Tours Performer: Boris Sichon
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In 2021/22, OSAC’s Performing Arts in Schools program presented 25 virtual presentations and 59 in-person presentations involving the following disciplines: World Music, Hip Hop/Hoop Dance and Circus Arts. Total audience numbers were 20,427 students and teachers. There were three tours, involving 65 schools and travelling to 46 communities throughout the province.

This program engages professional performing artists, representing a variety of disciplines to perform for Saskatchewan schools. Each year, a jury comprised of school members, arts educators and youth, review performer applications and support material. Artists are chosen based on quality of performance, educational content, curriculum connections and diversity. Member arts councils, schools from rural, urban, reserve schools and school divisions are all eligible to book. Block booking helps to lower the performance fee as travel expenses are amortized over two or more weeks. Schools pay a $30 annual associate member fee when they book, and a $10 fee is added to the price of each presentation.


“Invaluable. It's wonderful that performers come to our small community.” - MacLeod Elementary, Moosomin

“The OSAC shows are all good. We like the variety and how we have had performances that focus on theatre, music and First Nations. Exposing the students to different types of arts and artistic performances is important to us.” – Traditions Elementary School, Warman

“Priceless” – James Hamblin School, Qu’Appelle

For over 50 years, OSAC has nurtured the traditions of presenting excellence in the performing arts for adults, children and family audiences in various genres and disciplines. OSAC annually presents over 300 live community and school performances, attended by a total audience of approximately 75,000. This is possible because of a dedicated network of volunteers committed to making culture an integral part of Saskatchewan community life, and vital funding from Saskatchewan Lotteries, SaskCulture, and Canadian Heritage.

The lotteries program benefits more than 12,000 sport, culture, and recreation organizations around the province. Each year 600,000 people participate in programs and from activities initiated by these organizations, over $1 billion of economic activity is generated, and 23,000 jobs are sustained.


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