Common Weal Community Arts
 

The work that Common Weal enables throughout the province is so integral to the ecology of our creative community in Saskatchewan.

— Amber Phelps Bondaroff —

 

 
 
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photo credit: RDBID

CHAIR OF THE BOARD
AMBER PHELPS BONDAROFF

Amber is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and community organizer living in Regina. Amber works across many mediums, including soft sculpture, costume, drawing, bookmaking, music, and film. There is a strong focus on social engagement, participation and play throughout her work. Amber recently completed a yearlong residency with the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District where she curated a public installation series entitled Pop Up Downtown. She has worked, exhibited and attended arts residencies across Canada, the US, and Australia. Amber received an MFA in Intermedia Arts from the University of Regina in 2014 and a BFA in interdisciplinary fine arts from NSCAD University, Halifax in 2007.

 

 
 
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VICE CHAIR
MIRTHA RIVERA

Mirtha was born in the capital city of Santiago, Chile, where a military coup overthrew the elected national government in 1973. Mirtha came to Saskatchewan as a political refugee with her husband and young son in November 1975. The cold weather didn’t freeze her creative spark and she continued her organizing work in the Chilean, women’s, and arts communities. She is a singer, musician, writer, political activist, and animal-lover. She and her companera began their relationship in 1989, lobbied for LGBTQ+ rights (including the right to marry) before 2005, and married in 2010.

 

 
 
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TREASURER
BRIAN GLADWELL

Brian is a furniture artist based in Regina. His work has been shown in museum exhibitions nationally and internationally, is included in major public and private collections, and has earned him numerous provincial and national grants and awards. He served as Artist in Residence at Purchase College, New York, in 2009, again as Artist in Residence at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2012, and visiting artist at Australian National University in Canberra in 2016.

Brian teaches woodworking at the Balkwill Civic Art Centre, where he is a Resident Artist. He’s also active in local non-profit arts organizations, and is a past president of The Furniture Society, an international association to advance the art of studio furniture making.

 

 
 
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MEMBER-AT-LARGE
MARGARET BESSAI

Margaret is a Regina-based writer and visual artist. Her writing on contemporary visual art has been published nationally. From 2004-2007, she hosted a weekly one hour interview on the arts for Community Radio, with Carle Steel. She is a founding member of the Regina Collage Collective, which has exhibited together since 2008. She has served as Visual Art Coordinator for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival since 2009 and was Festival Chair in 2012. As a core member of Regina Artist Trading Card Collective, established in 2005, she has developed and delivered workshops, coordinated planning, and co-curated No Story Too Small to Trade, an exhibition of local and international ATCs for the Dunlop Art Gallery, which toured Saskatchewan with OSAC in 2013. Her current research investigates the domestic sphere, finding humour in everyday life and the personal in history.

 

 
 
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MEMBER-AT-LARGE
REBECCA CAINES

Rebecca is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina. Her area of research is interdisciplinary community- engaged art, with a focus on creative technologies, audio art, performance, and improvisation. She is a professional community-based artist and facilitator, who has created large scale community projects in Australia, Northern Ireland, Canada, China, and the Netherlands, working with partners in vulnerable communities, and with governments, NGOs, welfare and education institutions, and local community groups. She is the author of a number of books and journal articles on community-engaged practice, including Spontaneous Acts: The Improvisation Studies Reader (2015). Her current work focusses on emerging technology in social practice in contemporary art. She is the Director of the Regina Improvisation Studies Centre, a site of the national SSHRC partnership with the International institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.

 

 

 

Common Weal Membership is made up of the Board of Directors, which has a minimum of four and maximum of ten members. The Executive consists of a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. The board is committed to a governance model as outlined in the following statement:

The Board will govern with an emphasis on outward vision rather than an internal preoccupation, commitment to obtaining community input, encouragement and diversity in viewpoints, strategic leadership more than administrative detail, clear distinction of Board and Executive Director role, collective rather than individual decisions, future rather than past or present, and proactivity rather than reactivity. 

Each member of the board also sits on a minimum of one of six committees (Communications and Marketing, Finance, Fund Development, Nominations, Personnel, Policy and Planning). Committees support the work of the staff and are governed by each committee’s Terms of Reference.

Interested in joining our board? Please fill out our Expression of Interest form.