Artistic courses and workshops at Emma Lake have won international praise.
According to an online article about the province's visual art history, prepared by the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists, the arts community has been profoundly affected by activities at Emma Lake, especially in the 1960s.
"Key to the Saskatchewan renaissance at this time were the Emma Lake Professional Workshops run by the Regina Arts College of the University of Saskatchewan from 1955 to 1973," the article noted. It began with the creation of a yearly two-week long workshop for professional artists.
"Attended by students from across North America and Europe, the workshops had a profound impact on those Saskatchewan artists who attended," the article noted. "Among the most influenced of the local artists were the acclaimed Regina Five painters, and sculptors Vic Cicansky and Joe Fafard."
There has will ba a tremendous impact from this closure on the Biology Undergraduate community. They have two courses heavily based out of Emma Lake which offer students to learn a set of skills critical to keeping their degree relevant. There has been a huge outcry from students within that department about this potential closure and they are offering their support to the Arts students community by joining forces with us and fighting this decision.