Manitoba Arts Network is a non-profit arts programming organization, showcasing and advancing arts and culture in all regions of Manitoba. The Network is dedicated to connecting Manitoba's communities by celebrating and sharing the arts.



A Sad Sort of Clean: Exhibition Tour Launches


Commissioned by Interchurch Council on Hydropower, this thought-provoking exhibition takes a closer look at the huge northern hydropower system Manitobans rely on and the ipact that hydro development has had on First Nations communities in northern Manitoba—a reality few of us ever see.

Winnipeg photographer Matthew Sawatzky and Elder Ellen Cook of the Misipawistik Cree Nation travelled north in the fall of 2012 to document part of the troubling and seldom-reported reality at the northern end of the transmission line.

The exhibition tour makes its debut in June at the McCreary & District Library in McCreary, Manitoba, and then moves on to The Pas Regional Library for July, the Heritage North Museum in Thompson for August, followed by a stop in September at the Tiger Hills Arts Centre in Holland, Manitoba

Click here for upcoming tour dates or for information on bringing this exhibition to your community.

For the Love of Craft: Exhibition Tour Launches

The Manitoba Arts Network is pleased to announce the launch of a new touring exhibition: For the Love of Craft making its debut at the Heritage North Museum in Thompson, Manitoba for the month of May, 2014

Curated through a collaboration between the Manitoba Arts Network and the Manitoba Craft Council, the exhibition comprises 15 works by 15 artists in a variety of mediums, including glass, ceramics, metal, fiber, wood and paper which were selected by jury from the Manitoba Craft Council's 2014 Member Exhibition and Sale held at the Cre8ery Gallery in Winnipeg.

From Thompson, the exhibition moves to the Carberry/North Cypress Library in Carberry, Manitoba for the month of June 2014.

Click here for upcoming tour dates or for information on bringing this exhibition to your community.


M.A.N. Welcomes New Marketing & Visual Arts Coordinator

The Manitoba Arts Network recently bid a fond farewell to Visual Arts Coordinator, Tim Schouten and Communications Assistant, John Towns. Thanking both for their exceptional contributions and tireless efforts towards raising the profile of arts and culture throughout Manitoba, the community at M.A.N. extends best wishes to both Tim and John in all their future endeavors.

Stepping into the newly created role of Marketing & Visual Arts Coordinator is Alix Reynolds. Alix has worked as a professional photographer, graphic designer and community journalist, also specializing in book design and providing publication support services to independent authors. With over 13 years in non-profit program administration, recent positions Alix has held include Coordinator for the Winnipeg Irish Festival, Executive Director of the Pembina Hills Arts Council in Morden, and Photography Coordinator at Art City here in Winnipeg.

In addition to taking on the coordination of marketing and communications activities for M.A.N. and providing marketing support for all M.A.N.’s touring performances and exhibitions, Alix will also be coordinating the Visual Arts program, the annual Rural & Northern Art Show, as well as the Rural Art Mentorship program. With two new touring exhibitions—For the Love of Craft and A Sad Sort of Clean—set to launch in spring 2014, and four additional exhibitions available to tour, contact Alix to arrange to bring one or more of these stellar exhibitions to your community.

M.A.N. Hosts Successful Audience Development Workshop
Digital copy of workshop available soon!

The Audience Development Workshop: A roadmap to Engaged Audiences and Vibrant Communities led by Inga Petri took place in Portage La Prairie on Tuesday March 25, 2014 with 34 participants attending on behalf of arts and cultural organizations from across Manitoba.

With a focus on helping performing arts organizations develop and implement practical, hands-on approaches to solving their most pressing concerns, Inga led the group in an exploration of actions that increase audience and community investment and demonstrate audience appreciation. Covering topics such as marketing and messaging, building relationships and reputation, defining your market, understanding the dynamics of the purchase decision, and the role of community engaged partnerships, the feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive.

If you weren’t able to attend, there’s good news! We will be making digital copies of this workshop available for purchase in June, so stay tuned for the announcement or contact M.A.N. to reserve your copy.

Save the Date for the Culture Days National Congress

On May 22 and 23, arts and culture decision makers, guests, media influencers and policy makers will be descending on the Winnipeg Art Gallery to discuss some of the challenges facing arts promotion and presentation, as well as some of the ways to meet those challenges head on.  Click here for more information (en français) and try to take part in May!

MAN gets cash injection for visual arts

The Manitoba Arts Network is thrilled to have been chosen as a recipient for one of the Canada Council for the Arts' "Project Grants for Organizations in the Visual Arts" program.

The $5,900 grant was awarded last month, though MAN staff only found out about the funding on Jan. 10. The funding will go toward touring Janet Shaw-Russell's exhibition Traces, to communities throughout Manitoba as part of MAN's current visual arts touring season and has been very well received so far. The grant will help pay Shaw-Russell's artist fees as per MAN's agreement with CARFAC, offset touring costs for the show and travel costs to have Shaw-Russell travel and deliver Artist Talks at exhibiting venues.

Click here to read more.

Showcase Contact 2014 and 2015 dates announced

We're excited to announce that we've got the dates in place for our next two Showcase events:  Manitoba Showcase Contact 2014 will be held in the City of Brandon, from October 23 to 26, 2014, hosted by the City of Brandon and Brandon First. We’re also pleased to announce that Showcase 2015 is slated for October 22 to 25, 2015 in Flin Flon, hosted by the Flin Flon Arts Council


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Upcoming Events

June 2014

Exhibition: A Sad Sort of Clean – The Impact of Hydropower in Northern Manitoba
McCreary & District Library, hosted by Burrows Trail Arts Council, McCreary, MB

Exhibition: Mike Grandmaison – Prairie & Beyond I
Watson Art Centre
, Dauphin, MB

Exhibition: Mike Grandmaison – Prairie & Beyond II
Lac du Bonnet Regional Library
, Lac du Bonnet, MB
Wine & Cheese Reception, June 6, 7pm

Exhibition: For the Love of Craft
Carberry/North Cypress Library
, Carberry, MB

July 2014

Exhibition: A Sad Sort of Clean – The Impact of Hydropower in Northern Manitoba
The Pas Regional Library
, The Pas, MB

Exhibition: Mike Grandmaison – Prairie & Beyond I
Watson Art Centre
, Dauphin, MB

August 2014

Exhibition: A Sad Sort of Clean – The Impact of Hydropower in Northern Manitoba
Heritage North Museum
, Thompson, MB


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