SIPP Capitalizing on Culture
The Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy (SIPP) and ³Cultural Capitals; Building Cultural Bridges² are pleased to present the following public forum: To register, please call SIPP offices at 585-5869 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name and contact information. There is no cost for this event, but seating is limited. SIPP Capitalizing on Culture How can public policy support arts and culture for the public good? Cultural amenities, venues and environments are fundamentally important to the quality of life that citizens enjoy in our communities. The 'public good' nature of arts and culture is due to the fact that they help to create and sustain communities, develop social identity and strengthen economic growth. An optimal public policy should recognize the broader benefits generated by the activites that we label arts and culture. Forum panelists will discuss the role of a strong arts and cultural presence in population retention and attraction, generating wealth and improving the overall quality of life in Saskatchewan's communities. Dr. Greg Baeker will deconstruct some of the existing policy discourse and assumptions and explore potential public policy directions that will help make our communities better places to live and work, with responses from Star Phoenix columnist Randy Burton, University of Saskatchewan President Peter McKinnon and Saskatchewan artist Brenda Baker. About our Speakers: Dr. Greg Baeker is a senior consultant with AuthentiCity, an urban policy practice of Navigator Ltd. led by former Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray. Greg is Canada's leading expert in integrated cultural strategies for cities. Previously he served in senior leadership positions in Canada for 25 years as a policy maker, cultural planner and academic. He has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo. Randy Burton is a political and general columnist for the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Since 1998, he has been writing a column, ³Straight Talk², three times a week in an interactive space where readers are given the opportunity to respond to Burton's opinions. Burton is also a photographer whose work is represented in a number of provincial and national collections. Peter McKinnon has been President of the University of Saskatchewan since July, 1999. He previously served the University as Dean of Law and Acting Vice-President (Academic). His academic work included teaching, primarily in criminal law and evidence. He received the 2005 Award for Distinguished Service from the Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch). Brenda Baker is one of the best known family entertainers in Saskatchewan. In the last 20 years she has given over a 1,000 performances at schools, libraries, and festivals. She received the 2001 Saskatoon YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her contributions to the arts. Date: Thursday September 14, 2006 Time: 4:00 ~ 6:00 p.m. Location: Neatby-Timlin Theatre Rm 241 Arts Bldg., University of Saskatchewan *Pay parking is available in the University parkade on College Drive.