Study Tour 1: Contemplating the Evolution of Public Art
Saskatoon City Centre - Walking tour on sidewalks and paved trails
Take a walk through the evolution of public art in Saskatoon from the City’s first commission, 1959’s controversial Robert Murray modernist sculpture, through the ubiquitous period of statuary bronzes to the large scale murals of today by artists such as Emannuel Jarus. Led by curator Dr. Jen Budney, this tour will reflect on:
How the practice of public art has changed in the last 50 years
How the public’s expectations of public art has changed over time
How the City’s approaches to public art is changing
For more information on the City of Saskatoon’s public art collections visit HERE.
Study Tour 2: Reconciliation and Diversity at the WDM
Western Development Museum - bus to walking tour of museum
The Western Development Museum has committed to inclusivity, prioritizing Reconciliation and diversity. Tour the WDM Saskatoon with the Museum’s Curatorial Committee and learn about their new goals. This tour will reflect on:
Launching decolonization processes while developing inclusivity programs
Changing content to help loosen the settler-colonial legacy on which the Museum was built
Championing inclusivity through stories
More information on the WDM
Study Tour 3: Festival & Event Sites along the South Saskatchewan
Meewasin Valley – Active transportation and walking tour on paved trails
Travel along the Meewasin Valley trail with City staff and visit the many festival and event sites that follow the South Saskatchewan River. From Victoria Park through River Landing to Kinsmen Park the City facilitates hundreds of special events a year. Stop at the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival site and learn about their partnership plans to make their site accessible for year-round activities. This tour will reflect on:
How the City’s practice of facilitating special events has changed in the last decade
How the City’s approach to festival site design is evolving
Incorporating winter activities and events to engage community
For more information on the City’s special events booking process.
For more information on the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Staging the Future campaign.
Study Tour 4: Expanding Cultural Industries: Culinary Arts and Non-traditional farming
Riversdale, Valley Road – Bus tour, some walking in the countryside
Check out The Local Kitchen, a clubhouse for people who love food that supports the growth of Saskatoon’s world-class culinary skills by giving professional chefs a space to create and inspire. Travel shortly outside the City to experience Black Fox Farm and Distillery. This sustainable farm hosts a multitude of events, produces award winning spirits, and has the largest upick flowers on the prairies. This tour will reflect on:
How to plan outdoor events in a changing weather climate
Creating sustainable business models that maximize facilities
Building experiences for locals and tourists
For more information on The Local Kitchen.
For more information on Black Fox Farms and Distillery
Study Tour 5: Spaces for Makers and Creators
Riversdale, Meewasin Valley – Bus tour, some walking
Stop by the Saskatoon Maker Space and tour their social enterprise facilities. Walk over to 20 Above Holdings, home to AKA artist-run, BlackFlash Magazine, and PAVED Arts, including galleries, a community event space, street-front billboard, and PAVED’s media production centre. Experience artists Joel Bernbaum and Lancelot Knight in conversation with 20 Above Holdings about building ownership and On the Boards Staging about their Open Storefront project as part of their current conversation project with AKA. Bus to the recently opened Nutrien Wonderhub (children’s museum) to experience their Create Space and Workshop. This tour will reflect on:
Social enterprise models for makers and creators
Working with businesses to find creative space
Non-profits and maximizing building ownership
For more information on Saskatoon Makerspace.
For more information on Paved Arts.
For more information on AKA.
For more information on On the Boards Staging and the Open Storefront Project.