The Manitoba Arts Council (MAC; French: Conseil des arts du Manitoba) is a provincial crown corporation whose purpose is to promote the arts.[1][2] The Council awards grants to professional artists and arts organizations in Manitoba in all art forms; it also provides related creative activity such as arts education.[1]

The Council was founded in 1965 with the passage of An Act to Establish The Manitoba Arts Council and incorporated in 1967. (It now operates under the terms of The Arts Council Act.)[3] Remaining at arm’s-length from the Government of Manitoba, it is funded by the Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and reports annually to the Provincial Legislature through the Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage in its annual report.[1][4]

Governance

Today, the Council operates under the terms of The Arts Council Act,[3] which was amended in 2017.[5] Remaining at arm’s-length from the Government of Manitoba, it is funded by the Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and reports annually to the Provincial Legislature through the Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage in its annual report.[1][4]

The Manitoba Arts Council consists of 9 board members who are appointed for a term by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council. The Executive Director is hired by the Council to carry out its policies and oversee operations.[6]

Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction

The Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction is a CA$30,000 prize awarded every second year to an artist or arts professional for "artistic excellence and contribution to the development of the arts in Manitoba."[5]: 12 

Recipients are selected by a multidisciplinary panel from nominations submitted by the community. The award process is administered and funded by the Council. Initially awarded annually, the award is now awarded biennially.[7]

Year Name[7] Field
2002 Leslee Silverman theatre
2003 Robert Kroetsch literary arts
2004 performance and media arts
2005 Guy Maddin film
2006 Aganetha Dyck[8] visual arts
2007 Robert Turner[9] music
2008 Roland Mahé[10] theatre
2009 [11] visual arts
2012 J. Roger Léveillé[12] literary arts
2014 Robert Archambeau[13] visual arts
2016 Diana Thorneycroft[14] visual arts
2018 Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan[15] performance arts
2020 [16] music

Prizes in the Arts

Four $10,000 Prizes in the Arts[17] are awarded every two years, opposite of the Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction, recognizing artists or groups working in Manitoba in four categories:

  • The Connecting Creative Communities Prize
  • The Emerging Excellence Prize
  • The Indigenous Full Circle Prize
  • The Rural Recognition Prize

Recipients are selected by a multidisciplinary panel from nominations submitted by the community. The award process is administered and funded by the Council.[7]

Year Connecting Creative Communities Emerging Excellence Indigenous Full Circle Rural Recognition
2019 Theatre Projects Manitoba[18] Helga Jakobson[19] Marie-Josée Dandeneau[20] Flin Flon Arts Council[21]
2021 ArtsJunktion mb Inc.[22] melannie monoceros[23] Lana Sinclair[24] Donna Besel[25]

Operations and grants

In the 2019/20 fiscal year, the Council funded 525 arts organizations and artistic projects, which made for a total of CA$8.3 million.[5][26]

The following is the number of MAC-funded projects by region, per 10,000 population:[5]: 7 

The Council's "Indigenous 360" funding stream offers three granting programs that support professional Indigenous artists, arts/cultural professionals, Knowledge Keepers, art groups, and organizations from Manitoba.[5] In the fall of 2018, the Council began collecting information on the background and identity of individual applicants—this includes Indigenous, visible minorities, females, non-binary, and Francophone applicants, as well as applicants who live with a disability or mental illness or who are deaf.[26]: 2 

Organizations and activities funded by MAC in 2019/2020[5]: 9 [26]
Recipient City/town Awarded amount (CA$)
Winnipeg $15,000
aceartinc. Winnipeg $89,180
Arbeiter Ring Publishing Ltd. (ARP Books) Winnipeg $24,500
Art City Inc. Winnipeg $15,000
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba Brandon $185,000
Art Holm Winnipeg $6,000
Arts Manitoba Publications Inc (Border Crossings) Winnipeg $99,470
Arts West Council Inc. Brandon $3,000
ArtsJunktion Winnipeg $14,792
At Bay Press Winnipeg $15,000
Association of Manitoba Book Publishers Winnipeg $48,000
Bedside Press Narol $6,250
Brandon Chamber Players Brandon $20,580
Camerata Nova Winnipeg $15,000
Winnipeg $10,000
Canzona Inc. Winnipeg $12,500
Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Inc. Winnipeg $5,302
Company Link Winnipeg $11,000
Contemporary Verse 2 Winnipeg $34,500
Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition Brandon $9,000
Fernwood Publishing Winnipeg $4,055
Flin Flon Arts Council Flin Flon $7,500
Gallery 1C03 (University of Winnipeg) Winnipeg $8,700
Gimli Film Festival Gimli $20,000 + $5,000
Goldrock Press Norway House $7,500 + $7,500
Graffiti Art Programming Inc. Winnipeg $10,000
Great Plains Publications Winnipeg $32,500
GroundSwell, Inc. Winnipeg $45,080
Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre Winnipeg $15,000
Herizons Magazine Winnipeg $6,000
Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous Winnipeg $10,000 + $7,500
Interlake Art Board Winnipeg $7,382
Jazz Winnipeg Winnipeg $10,000
Winnipeg $36,700
La Maison des artistes visuels inc. Winnipeg $13,250
Winnipeg $26,250
Manito Ahbee Festival Inc. Winnipeg $15,000
Manitoba African Film Festival Inc. Winnipeg $15,000
Manitoba Arts Network Winnipeg $12,500
Manitoba Association of Playwrights Inc. Winnipeg $53,900
Winnipeg $6,000
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Inc. Winnipeg $8,000 + $20,000 + $112,000
Winnipeg $1,500
Manitoba Opera Winnipeg $220,000 + $150,000*
Manitoba Printmakers Association Inc. / Martha Street Studio Winnipeg $55,000
Manitoba Theatre for Young People Winnipeg $56,250 + $245,000
Winnipeg $15,000 + $15,000
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) Winnipeg $73,000
Misericordia Health Centre Winnipeg $10,200
NAfro Dance Productions Winnipeg $25,000
Northern Juried Art Show 2019 Thompson $12,125
NorVA Centre Flin Flon $7,572
One Trunk Theatre Winnipeg $20,000
PLATFORM centre for Photographic Digital Arts Winnipeg $58,000
Plug-In Inc. (Plug In Institute of Contemporary Arts) Winnipeg $166,600
Polycoro Inc. Winnipeg $15,000
Winnipeg $8,840
Prairie Debut Inc. Portage la Prairie $5,000
Winnipeg $73,720
Prairie Theatre Exchange Inc. Winnipeg $33,750 + $355,000
Q DANCE Winnipeg $15,000
Rainbow Stage Winnipeg $15,000
Rosamunde Summer Music Academy Winnipeg $3,000
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Inc. Winnipeg $37,500 + $686,000 + $150,000*
Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Winnipeg $744,800
Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division Winnipeg $10,000 + $130,000
Sarasvati Dramatic Theatre Productions and Repertory Inc Winnipeg $15,000 + $15,000
Sawdon Dance Winnipeg $14,600
School of Contemporary Dancers Inc. Winnipeg $32,500
Shakespeare in the Ruins Winnipeg $9,000 + $56,050
Sick + Twisted Theatre Winnipeg $10,000
Signature Editions Winnipeg $35,000
SOUNDYARD Winnipeg $5,880
Spence Neighbourhood Association Inc. Winnipeg $15,000
Theatre by the River Inc. Winnipeg $7,000
Théâtre Cercle Molière Winnipeg Winnipeg $175,000
Theatre Projects Manitoba Winnipeg $40,000 + $51,500
Turnstone Press Ltd. Winnipeg $35,000
University of Manitoba Press Winnipeg $34,500
Urban Shaman Inc. Winnipeg $65,000
Video Pool Media Arts Centre Winnipeg $95,060
Window Winnipeg Winnipeg $7,850
Winnipeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival Winnipeg $15,000
Winnipeg $17,000
Winnipeg Film Group Winnipeg $95,000
Winnipeg International Writers Festival Winnipeg $8,000
Winnipeg $8,000 + $18,000
Winnipeg Jewish Theatre Winnipeg $35,000
The Winnipeg Singers Winnipeg $29,400
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Winnipeg $56,250 + $735,000 + $125,000*
Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers $112,250 Winnipeg
Young Lungs Dance Exchange Winnipeg $15,000
zone41 theatre, inc. Winnipeg $15,000

*Special operating grant disbursed on behalf of Manitoba Sports, Culture, and Heritage.

References

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  3. ^ a b The Arts Council Act
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  8. ^ "Southern Manitoba Woman Picks Up 2 Significant Awards". Steinbach Online. Golden West Broadcasting. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
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  10. ^ Walker, Morley (6 February 2009). "Cercle Molière boss wins prestigious arts council prize". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
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  18. ^ "Theatre Projects Manitoba, 2019 Connecting Creative Communities Prize". Manitoba Arts Council. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  19. ^ "Helga Jakobson, 2019 Emerging Excellence Prize". Manitoba Arts Council. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  20. ^ "Marie-Josée Dandeneau, 2019 Indigenous Full Circle Prize". Manitoba Arts Council. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  21. ^ "Flin Flon Arts Council, 2019 Rural Recognition Prize". Manitoba Arts Council. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  22. ^ "ArtsJunktion, 2021 Connecting Creative Communities Prize". Manitoba Arts Council. 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  23. ^ "melannie monoceros, 2021 Emerging Excellence Prize". Manitoba Arts Council. 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  24. ^ "Lana Sinclair, 2021 Indigenous Full Circle". Manitoba Arts Council. 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
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  26. ^ a b c https://artscouncil.mb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Grants-listing-2019-20-EN.pdf

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