Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research at the University of Regina receives funding from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

News Release Release Date: July 11, 2013 10:20 a.m.

The Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research (SPAR) is the recipient of a $200,000 Partnership Development grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for a three year study entitled, Understanding the Arts Ecology of Saskatchewan

Formally announced in March, SPAR was formed by four partners: the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture and the University of Regina. The SSHRC funded research project will focus on developing a more substantial understanding of the interconnections between artists, arts organizations and the general community. 

“Collaborating with community partners is of critical importance to the University of Regina,” said Vice-President of Research, David Malloy. “The SPAR initiative is a wonderful example of how central the arts are to our daily lives and how we need to continue to promote the humanities alongside the social and natural sciences for a balanced society.”

Researchers will be surveying a representative group of artists and a cross section of the general public with respect to the kinds of professional connections which facilitate creative practice.

The cross-disciplinary research team consists of researchers from the Faculties of Arts, Fine Arts, Sociology, and Kinesiology and Health Studies. Based at both the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan, researchers will collaborate at each stage of the process with a community of understanding consisting of artists; arts patrons; provincial and municipal government officials and arts research specialists at the national and international levels. 

For more information, contact SPAR Director, Mary Blackstone at


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