According to a report by CBC News, the University of Saskatchewan is closing its campus at Emma Lake – home of the Emma Lake artist workshops – citing budet cuts and the need for unspecified repairs. All arts and ecology programs at the campus will cease effective immediately. Here’s a statement from the university.
This is obviously very sad news – and very bad news for the arts in Saskatchewan. The Emma Lake campus has an international reputation, having hosted many prominent artists since its inception in 1935 – artists such as Anthony Caro, Frank Stella, and Barnett Newman. Over the years countless artists have attended the workshops at Emma Lake – including well-known Saskatchewan artists Joe Fafard, Wynona Mulcaster, Dorothy Knowles, and the Regina Five.
Is it just me, or does it seem like this province becomes more and more hostile to the arts with every passing month?