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Call to Manitoban Artists – Crip Strength: Art + Body + Mind

Call to Manitoban artists who identify as Deaf and/or disabled for AANM’s art Festival: Crip Strength: Art + Body + Mind.

“Crip Strength will occur at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on October 29th from 1pm-3pm. The theme for the juried art exhibition and performances is Creative AccessAbility.

This call is for submissions for a juried visual art exhibition and juried performance selection. Chosen visual artists may include two pieces of artwork in the exhibition. The exhibition will be on display for one day at the CMHR during Crip Strength and will then be exhibited at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) until December 2, 2022.

For performance artists (comedians, actors, musicians, poets, etc.) please include the run time of your performance and any needed equipment.

If you are a rural artist or from outside of Winnipeg, AANM can assist you to apply for a travel grant if selected. 

If selected you will receive full carfac fees of $367 for your participation.

Deadline to apply: August 26, 2022 5pm”

For more information:

-from AANM

STORIES OF NOW: Art City (Winnipeg, MB)

Vignette – Art City Winnipeg, MB

“STORIES OF NOW” is part of a project ArtBridges is working on with Judith Marcuse Projects’ ASCN (Arts for Social Change Network) and ICASC. It is about gathering and sharing stories emanating from the field now and about what issues and areas of focus matter. 

In conversation with: Josh Ruth, Managing Director of Art City, December 3rd, 2021

If you could tell a story about your community-engaged arts initiative now, this year, what would the story be about? What are the main themes?

JR: Art City is founded on the belief that art can transform individuals and communities. We see art as an end in itself; providing art experiences is our only agenda. We think that having the opportunity to express yourself creatively in a safe environment along with tools for practicing arts has tremendous benefits. Our programming is open to all ages and abilities and offered free-of-charge. We don’t limit participation in any dimension. Our programs are designed to engage children and youth specifically, but are accessible to anyone at any stage of their artistic development or interest.

Our mandate also allows us to be a place that’s generative and supportive to the artists it serves, our local artists. We try offer good wages, professional development and resources to develop their respective art practices. We see it as investing in artists, who are very important change makers and world builders in our culture. Winnipeg is known for its robust arts milieu; it is also known as a place rampant poverty and racism. Art City becomes a convergence space where connections are made across social barriers through creative collaboration.

That story has not changed despite the pandemic…we stay true to what we do, our model, our core values… that is the story, still this year. We are a community of innovators. When challenges arise, we innovate.

What are the main issues your community-engaged arts initiative faces? (e.g., social justice, environmental justice, pandemic-related, operational, financial, HR)

JR: The climate crisis impacts all of us. The youth are increasingly interested in social justice issues – they imagine a better world, through artmaking, we have the opportunity to look at what the world would look like if social inequity didn’t exist.  

Our annual budget is around $850,000. Less than 10%of funding is operational, which requires us to go after a lot of project funding. Project funding is for short-term initiatives and is never guaranteed, so we have to live with a certain amount of uncertainty and not allow that to keep us from being ambitious and following our strategic priorities.

How has your initiative been addressing these main issues?

JR: To address the funding piece, we produce an annual fundraising party and each year it seems to build as having a reputation for being the kind of event you would want to go to regardless of your knowledge of Art City. We find an unconventional space, a warehouse or a building under renovation, create a theme for the party and encourage attendees to dress up according to the theme.  The party itself becomes an art project…an immersive experience that our staff and legion of volunteers create for the community. We purposefully designed this event not to be a gala, or a fancy dinner, tickets are affordable. Our volunteers and staff make collaborative art pieces to sell at the event, not attributed to any individual artist, rather than the typical art auction that asks artists to donate art in support of an organization that is intended to support them. We try a number of ways to make this event successful and profitable.

How is your organization engaging with your community right now? (Logistics, pandemic public health and safety guidelines & policies, changes in the way we gather)

JR: A tenet of Art City’s model since the beginning has been to be as accessible and inclusive as possible. The pandemic has presented significant challenges to this, requiring us to collect participant information (for contact tracing, etc.) and to ask for immunization status, etc.We have historically avoided any kind of intrusive or cumbersome screening processes. Practicing physical distancing, screening, mask-wearing, and following public health guidelines has been necessary, we know, but these conditions run pretty counter to what is typically a community space of care and creativity.

What are one or two new projects your initiative implemented this year?

JR: We adapted to a curbside format when we have had to suspend in-person programs. We set up a huge production line with 20+ menu items, high quality art experiences to-go. Anyone could walk up and order from the many options.  It was wildly successful. An organization called Jordan’s Principle Chiefs collaborated with us to distribute 900 kits to remote and northern communities to tons of kids and families.

Is there a recent achievement, wonderful moment, or quote you’d like to share about your initiative or its impact? 

JR: One of my favourite initiatives in recent years has been the development of a paid youth mentorship program. The paid mentorship is designed to provide meaningful employment experience and pathways to employment for youth who have participated in programming through their youth. Young people receive on the job training and develop their own facilitation skills. Of the 7 paid youth mentees in the last 5 years, each has become permanent staff, gone onto higher education, or gotten a full-time job elsewhere. What we have learned in the process is that having youth from the community running workshops has significantly enriched the culture of the organization.

The community highly values Art City and would never let anything happen to it. For 23 years it’s been a beacon of positivity and creativity.                                       

In conversation with Seanna Connell, ArtBridges; all photo credits: Art City

Profile Highlight: Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy (WHEAT) Institute

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“The Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy (WHEAT) Institute provides holistic diploma and certificate programs in expressive arts and art therapy. Students come from backgrounds of education, social work, psychology and fine arts and, through WHEAT’s programs, go on to help people of all ages and abilities to live with peace, awareness and creativity.”

To read more about the Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy (WHEAT) Institute, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Online Digital Storytelling Workshop – At the Heart of the Matter: Stories from our Pandemic World

“Among all the challenges we have faced during these unprecedented times, many of us have experienced a profound sense of being disconnected from what we most value.
As we negotiate the transition from pandemic times to living-with-Covid, we look forward to renewing and strengthening our connections – with ourselves, with each other, and with the larger world. Perhaps the most effective resource we humans have to foster connection is stories – our own stories.


LENGTH: 2 hours weekly plus 1- on -1 support
DATES: Thursdays  – Mar. 10, 17, 24, 31,  Apr. 7, & 21
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Central Time)
LOCATION: Online via Zoom video conferencing
*TUITION: $450 + gst $300 + gst
* *Subsidies offered for storytellers with limited income and without access to organizational support.
Registration closes when spots are filled.”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Community Works Manitoba Inc.

Martha Street Studio Relief Effort – Print Exchange

“We want to see your prints, and more importantly, we want others to enjoy them too! 

Please join us for the MSS Relief Effort – Print Exchange to receive 5 new works in the mail made by your fellow printmakers. If you are interested in participating, email your name and address to: askmartha[at] with the subject line: MSS Relief Effort – Print Exchange

Participants are asked to create an edition of at least 6 prints, paper size no larger than 5×8”, using at least one traditional printmaking technique. Martha Street Studio will take care of the distribution of the exchange so that everyone receives 5 prints by other artists. The sixth print will be kept in our print archive.
The theme is Resilience. Take that in whatever direction you’d like, or don’t! The exchange is open to any and all members of Martha Street Studio – If you are not currently a member you may purchase/renew your membership here:
The due date for print submissions is March 15th, 2021 (if your address is outside of Winnipeg your submission will be accepted late provided it is postmarked March 15th). You should receive your collection of 5 prints by the end of April, 2021. 

Please make sure that you have read and followed the guidelines posted on our website before submitting your print edition. If you have any queries please email: director[at] for clarification.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Martha Street Studio

Sarasvàti Productions presents Songide’ewin

Songide’ewin, SĂ´hkitĂŞhĂŞwin, Neljedghile, Shoohkitayhew, Kapiasungitoaluk, Waditaka, Courage. 

Reconciliation comes alive through music, dance, theatre and visual art! Join SarasvĂ ti Productions for this unique experience that shares the stories of over 70 Indigenous youth and their view of reconciliation. The performance includes an interactive art walk, a stage performance, and the opportunity for dialogue while feasting on traditional food.

Beginning in early 2019, seven local organizations partnered with SarasvĂ ti Productions and guest artists to offer a creative and supportive space for Indigenous youth. Through these workshops, over 70 youth examined the theme of reconciliation. Sharing stories about how they interact with the world around them and how the world in turn interacts with them.

Now, a team of professional artists has compiled the art and stories the youth have offered into a unique piece of theatre, presented outdoors at The Forks this spring. Utilizing a multi-media performance style including music, dance, drumming, theatre and a promenade, this collaboration brings together youth, elders, artists and audiences to honour the feelings and experiences of Indigenous youth in Winnipeg.

Each performance will include feasts and conversation circles to engage the audience; all are welcome to join in the dialogue.  Please join us in the spirit of Reconciliation and support the voices and stories of Winnipeg’s Indigenous youth!

Dates/Times â€“ May 21 1pm & 7pm; May 22 1pm & 7pm; May 23 7pm; May 24 1pm

Location – The Forks

Tickets – $20 Regular; $15 Student/Senior
204-586-2236 |

-submitted by SarasvĂ ti Productions

SarasvĂ ti Productions presents FemFest 2019: All the World’s a Stage (Winnipeg)

SarasvĂ ti Productions presents FemFest 2019! This year’s theme is, All the World’s a StageWe are celebrating many different genres of theatre and performance, including a pop art performance by xLq, an interactive discussion with Indigenous and immigrant mother/daughter pairs, and even an appearance of Tulia, the guide dog! There’s something for everyone at this year’s festival.

Along with our fresh and fun touring shows, we will also be hosting some FemFest classics such as the annual Bake-Off, Opening Cabaret and a Walking Tour! All this and so much more is coming up in just three short weeks, from September 14 to 21.

We’re also offering workshops and readings through the festival. For tickets and information, please visit:

About SarasvĂ ti Productions: Founded in Winnipeg in 2000, we seek to inspire artists and audiences through the use of theatre and to provide a place where artists can develop, showcase their skills and celebrate their creativity. FemFest has been up and kicking since 2003 and to date has showcased hundreds of artists!”

-from SarasvĂ ti Productions
Read SarasvĂ ti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Conference: Creative Convergence Winnipeg

“We invite you to join us at Creative Convergence Winnipeg as together we demonstrate and celebrate the power of the arts to heal, to connect, to construct knowledge, to build bridges across borders, to foster inclusion and to nurture reconciliation. Along with key partners, the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning (CNAL/RCAA) will gather national and international experts and delegates in arts and culture, education, recreation, health, therapy, medicine, humanities and community to engage in meaningful dialogue and seek solutions to the issues facing our increasingly intolerant, uncaring and violent world. 

This creative exchange will include streams of social justice and reconciliation, of health and well-being, of digital innovation and communication.  Interweaving these streams and diverse perspectives, Creative Convergence Winnipeg will generate an inclusive, viable and sustainable vision for the future of the arts and learning sector together with a compelling call to action. Bring your thoughts, ideas and practices to the table.

Please check for the full schedule and registration fees.

– Special early bird rate – 30% discount (book by September 9, 2019)

– Registration for the regular rate begins on September 10, 2019″

-submitted by CNAL/RCAA

Round Table Discussion: Making a Living in Theatre (SarasvĂ ti Productions, Winnipeg)

“Are you new to the world of theatre? Just graduated? Feeling a little lost? Or have you worked in the industry for years and are looking to share and hear common experiences? Every year, we hold a series of panels, workshops and discussions. Next on the docket, we are hosting a round table discussion all about, “Making a Living in Theatre.”

We have brought together professionals who not only work in the theatre industry, but who have found success in their respective fields. In the round-table, you will sit among professionals and newbies alike and discuss the theatre industry. You will have opportunities to ask your own questions and have them answered by people who have experienced exactly what you are working towards, all while sharing a common love of theatre.

Please email production[at] to RSVP your spot! Tickets are not required but space is limited. Entry to the discussion is based on a “Pay-What-You-Choose” donation upon arrival at the event. The discussion will take place in room 2T05 on the second floor of the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film.”

-from SarasvĂ ti Productions
Read SarasvĂ ti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Participants: Like Mother, Like Daughter (SarasvĂ ti Productions, Winnipeg)

“As part of SarasvĂ ti Productions’ FemFest, we are excited to welcome Why Not Theatre and their production Like Mother, Like Daughter. They will be bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada (newcomers, as well as those who may have immigrated many years ago) as well as Indigenous mothers and daughters, in order to create and perform in a participatory project whose 2016 Toronto premiere was described as “delicate, generous, inspiring, warm, funny, and in moments, heart-rending.” (Sprockets & Greasepaint)

Directed by Rose Plotek, Like Mother, Like Daughter weaves together stories from 12 pairs of mothers and daughters into a performance of unscripted conversations performed by the mothers and daughters themselves. At the end of each performance the audience is invited to join the mothers and daughters for a meal– to continue the conversations.

No performance experience necessary! We’re looking for real stories!

We’re looking for mothers and daughters who…

  • Are either Indigenous, or have migrated to Canada (at least one member of each mother-daughter pair must have been born outside Canada)
  • Feel comfortable conversing and answering questions in English
  • Span a variety of ages/generations (minimum age requirement: 14 years old+)

Selected mothers and daughters will be paid an honorarium for their participation, and will be expected to participate in all rehearsals, workshops, and performances:

  • 6 workshop/rehearsal sessions, between September 7-17
  • 3-4 selected performances, between September 19-21

All interested mother/daughter pairings are asked to submit an expression of interest to admin[at] by June 15th.

For more information please visit our website or contact our administration team at admin[at]”

-submitted by SarasvĂ ti Productions
Read SarasvĂ ti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.