2021 Recipients Announcement

2021 Endowment Award Recipients

December 20, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saskatchewan Foundation For The Arts announces

2021 Endowment Award recipients

Seven Saskatchewan artists receive annual awards to further their artistic pursuits

Regina – December 20th, 2021 – The Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts (SFFA) proudly announces the 2021 Endowment Award recipients in literary, multidisciplinary, performing (dance, music and theatre) and visual arts, with awards of $5000 each.

Gursh Barnard, Chair Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts, says, “Our province is recognized for creating world-class artists. The Foundation is committed to supporting and recognizing the work of Saskatchewan artists and actively seeking donations from arts patrons and supporters who celebrate the vibrancy and value of the arts and culture in our lives.”

The endowment funds are managed and administered by the SFFA Board of Trustees. Each award is in part supported by the following named funds:

The 2021 Endowment Awards recipients are:

Nathan Coppens:         Literary Award                              Colleen Bailey Memorial Endowment Fund

Ayesha Mohsin:           Regina Artist Award                     Harry Nick Kangles Endowment Fund

Zoë Schneider:             Visual Award for Female Artist  Jane Turnbull Evans Fund

JingLu Zhao:                Visual Award for Female Artist   Jane Turnbull Evans Fund

Patrick Fernandez:      Visual Award                                  Shurniak Endowment Fund

Jeff Nachtigall:            Visual Award                                  Shurniak Endowment Fund

Melanie Rose:              Indigenous Artist Award               Cameco Endowment for Indigenous Artists

Previous recipients include a collective of Saskatchewan artists with work recognized provincially, nationally and internationally, including Miyawata Culture Festival Director Floyd Favel, Playwright and Director Kelley Jo Burke and award-winning musician Laura Pettigrew.

Kelley Jo Burke says, “This award played a huge part in bringing two of my projects to fruition. Financial support from the community means everything because you start the work knowing the community has your back. I want to offer my deepest gratitude to the Foundation and its funders.” 

“The addition of the 2021 award recipients now brings the number of artists financially supported to fifty-eight with approximately $290,000 in awards. We are proud of the work of these artists and invite the public to learn about them and support their growth,” said Barnard.

“The SFFA endowment allowed me to produce Uncle Vanya by Chekhov with an international cast, validating that Indigenous performance is a genre not limited by identity. I am thankful to SFFA for their generosity, enabling our Indigenous festival to create cross-cultural bridges”, says award winner Floyd Favel. 

In addition to the seven 2021 Endowment Awards, Dianne Warren received The Foundation’s first Glengarry Book award prize of $20,000 for her novel The Diamond House. The 2021 Glengarry and Endowment awards mark a proud moment in the history of the Foundation’s financial support of Artists.

About the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts 

The Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts (SFFA) is a public Foundation dedicated solely to creating a legacy of financial support for the arts and artists in Saskatchewan, through the generous financial support of individuals, organizations and corporations. http://www.saskartsfoundation.com/

Gursh Barnard: Chair, Board of Trustees

Tel: 306-737-8980

E-mail: info@saskartsfoundation.com

CBC Books

CBC Books

December 10, 2021

Dianne Warren and the cover of her book appear on the CBC Books webpage

The Next Chapter is CBC Radio’s show dedicated to Canadian writing.

Shelagh Rogers speaks to celebrated Canadian novelist Dianne Warren about writing her novel, The Diamond House.

Read the article and listen to the interview (15:54) HERE.

2021 Glengarry Book Award Recipient

2021 Glengarry Book Award Recipient

December 2, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dianne Warren awarded inaugural Glengarry Book award of $20,000 for English-language fiction novel ‘The Diamond House’

Governor General award-winner receives largest literary prize in province’s history

Regina – December 2, 2021 – Launched by the Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts in June of 2021, the Glengarry Book Award supports Saskatchewan’s literary culture. The $20,000 (CAD) prize celebrates authors with Saskatchewan roots; the 2021 award celebrates nationally recognized Canadian author Dianne Warren.

The award was the vision of donor and booklover Claire Kramer, a founding trustee of the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts (SFFA). The Glengarry Book Award is an annual award for a first edition English language novel or book of short fiction.

“I am delighted to recognize the first recipient of the Glengarry Book Award. Dianne Warren has made a significant contribution to Canadian literature. She paints her actors with a fine brush and has a strong perception of character. The Diamond House is a great read.”, says Kramer.

Dianne Warren is an author from Regina. Warren won the National Magazine Gold Award for Fiction and the Western Magazine Award for Fiction. She also won the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in 2004. Her first novel, Cool Water, won the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction in 2010 and was also longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Warren says, “It’s such a great honor to be the first recipient of this prize. I feel very fortunate that the jury chose to recognize The Diamond House, and I’m so grateful to Claire Kramer for her gift to writers and books. When you are in the process of writing a novel, you are so immersed in the world of the story that it feels alive, and there is a kind of loss when the book is finished. A prize such as the Glengarry can draw attention to a book so that it can live again in the minds and imaginations of readers. It is very difficult for all the good Canadian books to garner the attention they deserve, and I am grateful for every new reader that the Glengarry Prize might attract to The Diamond House.”

The Glengarry Book Award is managed and administered by the SFFA. Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, led the formation of the jury and the adjudication of the entries. The jury, comprised of a Canadian author, publisher and former judge and diplomat, selected The Diamond House for its superior writing, character, and plot development. The jury also wished to recognize If Sylvie Had Nine Lives by Leona Theis, Vermin by Lori Hahnel and Small Reckonings by Karin Melberg Schwier.

Three-time Governor General award-winning author Guy Vanderhaeghe says, “The announcement of the $20,000 Glengarry Book Award by the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts is a cause for celebration by all who care about the distinguished Saskatchewan literary tradition that first found expression with Sinclair Ross and W.O. Mitchell and which has, in the work of their successors, continued to give vibrant voice to this place and this people. The generosity of Claire Kramer, who funded The Glengarry Book Award, needs to be applauded. It is proof that the arts matter here.”

In addition to the launch of the national ‘Saskatchewan roots’ Glengarry Book Award, in 2021, the Foundation will provide an additional eight awards of $5,000 each, supported by the SFFA’s six named endowment funds to Saskatchewan artists in various disciplines.

“The Glengarry Book award follows a long history of Saskatchewan arts patrons supporting and celebrating the arts. We are honored to be a part of recognizing the creativity of literary artists who have made their mark on Saskatchewan. Whether they started their career here or were raised here, they are connected to this land and our province. We celebrate Dianne Warren as the 2021 Glengarry Book Award recipient. This is a momentous time in the Foundation’s history”, says Gursh Barnard, Chair of the SFFA’s board of trustees.

About the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts 

The Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts (SFFA) is a public Foundation dedicated solely to creating a legacy of financial support for the arts and artists in Saskatchewan, through the generous financial support of individuals, organizations, and corporations.http://www.saskartsfoundation.com/

Gursh Barnard: Chair Board of Trustees

Tel: 306-737-8980

E-mail: info@saskartsfoundation.com

Dianne Warren is an author from Regina. Warren won the National Magazine Gold Award for Fiction and the Western Magazine Award for Fiction. She also won the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in 2004. Her first novel, Cool Water, won the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction in 2010 and was also long-listed for the Scotia bank Giller Prize.

Warren says, “It’s such a great honour to be the first recipient of this prize. I feel very fortunate that the jury chose to recognize The Diamond House, and I’m so grateful to Claire Kramer for her gift to writers and books. When you are in the process of writing a novel, you are so immersed in the world of the story that it feels alive, and there is a kind of loss when the book is finished. A prize such as the Glengarry can draw attention to a book so that it can live again in the minds and imaginations of readers. It is very difficult for all the good Canadian books to garner the attention they deserve, and I am grateful for every new reader that the Glengarry Prize might attract to The Diamond House.”

The Glengarry Book Award Jury Panel selected “The Diamond House for its superior writing, character, and plot development.

Thoroughly engaging, well written… a lovely novel that hits all the right notes.” Quill & Quire Magazine

Dianne Warren’s most recent novel The Diamond House is quietly addictive. Her portrayal of an entrepreneurial, working-class family in Saskatchewan is deliciously compelling and uncannily realistic….” Prairie Fire Literary Magazine

Richard Spafford

A smiling Richard Spafford in a blue t-shirt and blue jeans reads a book in a book fair.

Richard Spafford

October 25, 2021

A smiling Richard Spafford in a blue t-shirt and blue jeans reads a book in a book fair.

Our hearts are filled with sadness at the passing of Richard Spafford a lifelong supporter of the Arts.

 

His energy and passion launched the Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts and he leaves a legacy for the arts and artists of Saskatchewan.
His contributions enabled private individuals, businesses, and corporations to build permanent and stable resources for the arts.
Learn more about Richard’s role in the origin of the Foundation here.

Richard (Dick) Spafford was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and moved with his family to Swan River, Outlook, and Shellbrook. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.A. and diploma in education. Afterwards, he worked briefly as a bank manager and then taught art at Aden Bowman Collegiate in Saskatoon, both occupations for which he believed he was poorly suited (though, in fact, he was widely admired as an art teacher). In the late 1960s, when a friend put his bookstore, Northland Books, up for sale, Richard decided to leave teaching and take up the new venture. Shortly thereafter, he recognized that Regina did not have a specialized bookstore, and so he opened the Book Cellar in the Cathedral district, starting with his own cache of $400 worth of books and $400 of borrowed money. The store eventually became Spafford Books, moving to its current spacious quarters on Broad Street. Bookselling was Richard’s life’s passion. He was fascinated by all books: from children’s fables, to comics, to antiquarian books.

Starting in the early 1980s, Richard served as an appraiser for the National Archives. He also worked as an appraiser for libraries and archival departments, developing along the way a keen sense of the fragility and importance of historical documents. He amassed one of the largest collections of Indigenous, Prairie, and Canadian history material in the country, which were sought after by academic libraries throughout North America. When his daughter, Leah, moved back to Regina, she worked closely with her dad in bookselling and appraisals. After a stroke left him partially paralyzed in 2005, Leah cared for her dad and the business, the two continuing a lifelong relationship based on deep love.

In addition to books, Richard was a consummate and gifted collector of fine art, ceramics, and antiques. He had a special eye for picking out rare and historical items and recognizing emerging artists. Many of the pieces he collected over the years can be found in the permanent collections of the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canadian Museum of History, and the Glenbow. Richard was a charismatic person, an engaging raconteur, and an endlessly interesting individual whose sense of humour was unmatched. He was a creative thinker with a strong sense of self and devotion to family and his many close friends.

Over the years Richard was involved in many major initiatives that helped to foster a rich and creative environment for Saskatchewan artists. After the death of his wife, artist and arts administrator Jane Turnbull Evans, Richard continued her vision for supporting the arts through an agency endowed to hold gifts and bequests. The Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts was established by the Saskatchewan legislature in 1999 and now has an endowment of $2.2 million. In 2005, Richard was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award for Leadership for his contributions to the arts and culture in Saskatchewan.

He is survived by his daughter Leah Spafford; stepson Jed Evans (Shelley Patterson) and stepgrandchild Ethan Evans; stepgrandchild Brady Keeler; stepdaughter Kristin Mae Evans; sister Janice Shoquist; numerous nieces and nephews; special friend, Carle Steel; and his many friends, among them his dear friends Dr. Neil Devitt and Lynn Crook. He was predeceased by his wife Jane Turnbull Evans; stepgrandchild Jane Evans; parents Hazel and Wilfred Spafford; brother Duff Spafford; brother-in-law Garry Shoquist; and former spouse Cathy Lauritsen.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Paragon Funeral Home. At Richard’s request, no funeral service will be held. In memory of his life, donations may be made to the Dick & Jane Fund of the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts (saskartsfoundation.com).

Congratulations Valerie Creighton

Congratulation Valerie Creighton

Congratulations Valerie Creighton

October 12, 2021

Big congratulations to Valerie Creighton, past chair of the  Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts board of trustees. We are so proud of her and thankful for her continued work with the Foundation.

On October 12, 2021, the Canada Media Fund shared an article featuring Ms. Creighton. “One of the most powerful women in global entertainment according to The Hollywood Reporter, CMF President and CEO Valerie Creighton opens up about making it in this industry and looks at the road ahead.”
 
Read the Canada Media Fund article Here.
 
The Hollywood Reporter named Ms. Creighton “One of the 20 Most Powerful Women in Global Entertainment”.
 
From the Hollywood Reporter Article: As head of the biggest financier of Canadian TV, Creighton played a key role in keeping the lights on during the COVID-19 lockdown for the roughly 1,500 local productions the fund supports. A 30-year veteran of the industry, Creighton has also been instrumental in pushing through gender balance measures in Canada — women now make up just over half of the country’s working writers and producers, as well as 36 percent of directors on CMF-funded TV projects — and promoting diversity with schemes that work directly with underrepresented communities.
 
Her advice to young women entering the business?
 
“Stay on your own ground and no matter what, hang on like hell to your authentic self.” 
 
Read the entire Hollywood Reporter Article HERE

Introducing The Glengarry Book Award

The Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts has a surprise for Canadian authors with Saskatchewan roots and invites them to apply for the inaugural Glengarry Book Award prize of ,000. Costa Maragos chatted with Gursh Barnard, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees to tell us about the largest prize available to authors on the prairies. Click the link to watch In Real Time with Costa Maragos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq9qll-CTOw

Introducing the Glengarry Book Award

September 12, 2021

The Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts has a surprise for Canadian authors with Saskatchewan roots and invites them to apply for the inaugural Glengarry Book Award prize of $20,000. 

Costa Maragos chatted with Gursh Barnard, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, to tell us about the largest prize available to authors on the prairies. Our many thanks to Costa Maragos for the opportunity to share information about the Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts on In Real Time with Costa Maragos

Click here to watch the interview.  

“Saskatchewan has a history of producing renowned writers who have made significant contributions to literature in Canada. I am delighted to establish this annual award in support of literary excellence from or influenced by living in our province.”
– Claire Kramer