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2023 Dick & Jane New Awards Announcement

January 25, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saskatchewan Foundation For The Arts announces five new endowment awards supported by Richard Spafford and Jane Turnbull Evans though the Dick and Jane Fund

Dick and Jane Endowment Fund to now include six annual awards including Indigenous Literary Award

Regina – January 25, 2023 – The Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts (SFFA) proudly announces five new awards to be presented in 2023, supported by ‘The Dick and Jane Fund’. The endowment fund was established by Richard Spafford and Jane Turnbull-Evans as a legacy gift in perpetuity honoring their lifelong commitment to supporting the arts and their drive in establishing the SFFA. The fund now is comprised of a total of six annual awards.

Gursh Barnard, Chair of the SFFA 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 seeks donations from arts patrons and supporters who celebrate the vibrancy and value of the arts and culture in our lives.”

DICK & JANE ENDOWMENT FUND AWARDS

INDIGENOUS TRADITIONAL CRAFT AWARD

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Indigenous persons
PROJECT: includes beading, biting, leather, sculpture etc., with the focus on keeping traditional and cultural art forms alive.

INDIGENOUS MULTI-MEDIA LANGUAGE ARTS AWARD

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Indigenous persons
PROJECT: includes audio, visual, digital, literature with a focus on keeping Canadian Indigenous languages visible/alive.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY 2SLGBTQ+ ARTIST/ART AWARD

ELIGIBLE: Emerging Artists that self-declare / identify as 2SLGBTQ+, with priority given to artists with intersecting identities that have been historically underserved
PROJECT: Multidisciplinary artistic project is open to all creative disciplines that will help to showcase the recipients’ work to residents of the province and to people beyond our borders. This visibility should encourage artistic and economic well-being for the recipient and contribute to amplifying the presence of 2SLGBTQ+. artists of Saskatchewan.

FEMALE ARTS ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: self-declared, identify as female, mid-career or established artists
PROJECT ACTIVITY: Support for business development to enable growth as artists. Includes tools and or development of professional skills, business planning, strategic planning, marketing & social media.

PRAIRIE FOLK ARTS/CRAFT AWARD

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Mid-career or established craftsperson (as defined by Saskatchewan Craft Council ‘Craftsperson’)
PROJECT ACTIVITY: includes historically and culturally traditional “Prairie” craft works in fiber, wood, pottery, glass, photography and jewelry. Artist must make argument for projects suitability regarding both the terms “Traditional” and “Prairie”.

For more information on eligibility and applications, visit https://saskartsfoundation.com

Barnard says, “On behalf of the SFFA board of trustees we thank Leah Spafford, owner of Spafford Books, for her diligence in establishing these awards to honour her father’s vision and commitment”. To learn more about Spafford books and its contribution to Saskatchewan’s literary landscape visit

http://spaffordbooks.ca/

“The new awards made possible by the Dick and Jane Fund are a proud moment for the Foundation. Our donors and supporters have invested over 3 million dollars to secure private funding for the arts and artists of Saskatchewan. To date the SFFA has supported 65 artists with over $330,000 in awards. Visionaries have made this possible and we look forward to continuing to build the Endowment funds in support of our province’s arts and talented 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