“Socially engaged art is vital to helping us understand ourselves and one another in a world that desperately needs more empathy and authentic connection.”
— Evie Ruddy —
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Evie Ruddy is a digital storyteller based in Regina, where they work as a communications officer. Their short documentaries and essays have been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio, and their print work has appeared in the National Post, Toronto Star, Briarpatch Magazine, and numerous other publications. Evie has produced several audio walking tours, including Queering the Queen City, which features place-based stories told by queer, trans and two-spirit folks at sites throughout downtown Regina and the Heritage Community. Evie's most recent project, Un/Tied Shoes, is an interactive website, produced by the National Film Board, which explores genderqueer identity through shoes.
Janine is the Curator of Public Programs at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. She is also an interdisciplinary artist working as an educator, filmmaker, performer, and storyteller. Janine has her Master of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary in Media Production wherein she created a series of short videos called More Questions Than Ancestors featuring her family history. Janine primary personal practice centres in writing and directing such as Lifegivers: Honoring Our Elders and Children, Diom, Braided Histories and From Up North. She is in postproduction with After the Thaw, a short documentary produced by the National Film Board. Janine co-directed and co-produced RIIS from Amnesia: Recovering the Lost Legacies, a long form documentary that explores the legacy of the Regina Indian Industrial School and its cemetery along with producing related videos called About a Boy, I Remember (the music video) and Dancing the Space Inbetween. This led to the municipal and provincial designation of the cemetery. Janine collaborated as a producer, director, writer on the feature film, The Land of Rock and Gold.
Leo Keiser is a sound-making number-crunching loud-laughing arts administrator. They seek to contribute to a creative landscape that centres compassion, and encourages active mentorship. Leo has previously worked with The Fifth Parallel Gallery (Director), Queer City Cinema (Volunteer Coordinator), and Girls Rock Regina (Org Crew member, Bass Instructor). Leo is currently the Finance and Resource Development Manager with the Regina Folk Festival, and is an active musician in the Regina bands Homo Monstrous, MechaDroid, and Oiseaux. Leo is based in Regina, Treaty 4 Territory.
Lana is the Gallery Educator and head of the Education Team at the Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan where she will be acting as the curator/director in 2019 and early 2020. Lana holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Fine Arts in Art History from Queens University, specializing in religious and spiritual art in the public sphere. She currently teaches a beginner Coptic-stitch bookbinding workshop and a beginner paper-making class with the Hollander paper pulp beater at the Prince Albert Arts Centre, and continues to be passionate about public art and the creation of art both in and with the public. Lana is actively involved with the Prince Albert Art Council, the City of Prince Albert’s Municipal Cultural Action Plan committee, and the City of Prince Albert Public Art Working Group. She is the treasurer of the Board with Prince Albert Pride, and recently sat on a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant jury.
Kate is a development professional and active volunteer with experience working in nonprofit organizations, event management, and philanthropy. A lifelong learner, she is an alumnus of the University of Regina having earned a Bachelor of Arts Honours (Psychology) in 2006. Kate recently completed her Master of Administration in Leadership, Business Administration at the University of Regina while simultaneously completing her Certified Fundraising Executive credential through CFRE international. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kate lives in Regina with her family.
Multidisciplinary artist, activist, consultant, and arts educator Monique Blom lives and works "in the wild woods of Saskatchewan (where) her practice includes chopping wood, building ponds, and creating edges." She is deftly balanced on the edges of the prairies, boreal forest, and society; describing herself as an "edgy woman, making people nervous with (her) axe." Her practice springs from a desire to explore human relationships as part, or as apart, from nature.
Monique's work ranges from paintings with elements of vintage collage to public art interventions. Her most recent work examining the relationship between women, domesticity, and the landscape was performed in New York, Brooklyn, Mexico City, Orlando, and Tampa.
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.
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