The Arts Professions Act
History of the Arts Professions Act
In 2002, Saskatchewan became the first province other than Québec to adopt Status of the Artist legislation. The Status of the Artist Act (repealed), which passed on June 6, 2002, recognized the contribution cultural workers make to the enrichment of society. The Act also set out the parameters that government should consider when developing policies respecting the arts and artists. It also enabled the minister to establish a temporary advisory committee to investigate issues of importance to artists in Saskatchewan.
In 2005, an advisory committee was struck to provide advice to the Minister on measures that can be undertaken to improve the socio-economic status of the artist. After extensive consultations with artists, and arts organizations, the committee presented its final report to the minister in 2006. Artists
The committee identified three goals of the sector: engagement of viable careers, access to thriving markets and access to information that supports efforts to achieve viable careers. The recommendations outlined in the final report are meant to support the goals as set forward by artists and arts organizations.
Further consultations were held in the summer of 2008. The Arts Professions Act was drafted based on these consultations.
A list of resources for artists and engagers looking for information on contracting