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Discover Why Regina is a Creative City

Visitors look at Dragon Boat Festival stage on FW Hill MallMunicipalities around the world have identified culture as the fourth pillar of sustainability, along with social, environmental, and economic pillars.

Artists, and the organizations that nurture culture and arts, are tremendous assets that are vital when building a creative city. Over the past 100 years, efforts by the City of Regina and other organizations have solidified Regina’s reputation as a creative city:

  • The City of Regina has been collecting works of art since its incorporation in 1903.
  • Regina's Orchestral Society (now the Regina Symphony Orchestra) holds its first concert in 1908.
  • Regina's first public library opens in City Hall in 1909.
  • Saskatchewan's first radio station begins broadcasting in 1922 from Regina.
  • The Regina Public Library has been exhibiting art continuously since 1949 and established a permanent multi-purpose art gallery in 1964 at the Central Library.
  • The Royal Saskatchewan Museum opens in 1953.
  • Regina's first television station begins broadcasting in 1954.
  • The Regina Plains Museum is founded in 1960.
  • In 1961 artists Ken Lochhead, Art McKay, Ron Bloore, Ted Godwin and Doug Morton become known as the "Regina Five".
  • The Globe Theatre is created in 1966.
  • The Regina Centre for the Arts opens in 1970.
  • Central Library's gallery official becomes the Dunlop Art Gallery in 1972.
  • In 1976, steps were taken to create an arts commission, which in turn, resulted in the establishment of the Civic Arts Funding Policy and the Regina Arts Commission in 1979. The Regina Arts Commission is the oldest art commission in western Canada and has become a leading arts advocate, contributing to policy development and fostering the growth and understanding of the arts throughout Regina.
  • Rosemont Art Gallery is created in 1976.
  • In the early 1980s the City established the Civic Art Collection, overseen by the Civic Art Collection Committee, to preserve the art it already owned and to continue to collect art objects significant to Regina and its citizens.
  • In 1982, the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre opens.
  • The City of Regina Archives is formed in 1985.
  • In 1987, the Regina Arts Commission creates a comprehensive Municipal Arts Policy that encompasses all arts programs and services provided by the City of Regina.
  • In 1990 the Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery gains autonomy from the University of Regina and becomes the MacKenzie Art Gallery . The original gallery opened on the campus in 1953.
  • In 2004, Regina is named as the 2004 Cultural Capital of Canada.