Winters Cold but News is Hot -Arts Network newsletter

arts-net-work-logo2016 is coming to a close… but there is lots in store for 2017.

We have a new roster of artists touring over the next year and a half.

2017-2018 Touring Artists

We are currently accepting bookings for the 2017-2018 performing arts season. Here is a list of the artists available for booking:
• Comedy In Motion-Bob Cates
• The Travelling Mabels
• Andino Suns
• Lizzy Hoyt
• Lauren Mann
• Speed Control
• Geordie McKeeman and his Rhythm Boys
• Sol James
• Proteus Saxophone Quartet
• Spidey
• Craig Cardiff
• 100 Mile House
• Patti Kusturok
• Derina Harvey Band
• Quartetto Gelato
Manitoba Music Emerging Artists (selected by Manitoba Music)
• The New Customs
• Tracy K
• Hay Fever
• Elessar Thiessen
Both our website and artist directory have comprehensive information about each artist:

Manitoba Arts Directory

To book any of these artists, please contact Lexi,, the Performing Artist Coordinator.

Showcase 2017 Artist Submissionsi-want-to-showcase-image

Showcase 2017 performing artist submissions open February 1st 2017.

Click Link below to submit as of February 1st 2017
Visual Arts Exhibitions:

At MAN we have five visual arts exhibitions that are available to book through until February 2018.

More than just the art . . .
Curated by Pauline Braun & Audrey Lute

Touring: October 2016 to September 2017

To find out more about our exhibitions please check our website or contact Nicole,, the Visual Arts Coordinator to book an exhibit.

Manitoba Arts Directory

Manitoba Showcase Highlights and Overview

From October 20-23rd the Manitoba Arts Network hosted the 2016 Manitoba Showcase in Morden, Manitoba. The Conference was successful with a total of 158 delegates, artists and facilitators attending performances and workshops. To ensure the conferences success, the Arts Network partnered with Southern Manitoba Concerts and worked closely with other local organizations like the Pembina Hills Arts Council and the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre. The theme for this years showcase “Young @ Art: Engaging and Developing our Successors” provided an opportunity to share with and expand existing knowledge with expert facilitators and professionals. Other workshops focused on grant writing, website development, strategic planning and fundraising. We were thrilled to develop new relationships during the weekend with organizations some include Art City, ArtSupport Manitoba and the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance based in Toronto. We welcomed new members, Dance Manitoba (Winnipeg) and The Creative Cocoon (Arborg). Lastly, Showcase attendees and local residents enjoyed a diverse range of performances including Manitoba Music Emerging Artists and fifteen Showcasing Artists from across the country.

A complete list of the showcasing artists is available here.


Rural Artist Mentorship Program

The Rural Arts Mentorship mentees started their mentorship meetings with artist Chris Cooper this September.
Selected participants in the program include artists Jan Jenkins, Derryl May, Jenna Alexander, Arlene Thickett, Morag Schonken, Rosemarie Peloquin. Each one of these artists has proven themselves dedicated, committed and making new work.

Recently the group travelled to Brandon to meet with the curator of the Art Gallery of South Western Manitoba and a tour of the School of Art at Brandon University. They got a chance to meet with Lisa Wood, a professional artist and faculty member of the Faculty of Fine Arts. You can see pictures of the meeting on Manitoba Arts Networks Facebook page.

Here is what participants can expect in the Rural Arts Mentorship Program.

Elements of the program:
• Discussion and feedback about your art practice
• Exploring the idea of producing “a body of work”
• Critiques
• Professional art practices
• Discussion and advice on exhibition proposals and grant applications

Youth Engagement Project

We are pleased to introduce to you our new Youth Engagement Project facilitator, Sue Hemphill. Sue has provided consultation and facilitation for multiple workshops and projects for both the Manitoba Arts Network and Arts and Cultural Industries (ACI). Sue also worked for five years with the Manitoba Arts Council as a Program Consultant developing the Artist in Community Residency grant program and managing the Community Connections and Access grant program. Other arts organizations she has worked with includes The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Art from the Heart and Art Beat Studio. Sue is looking forward to this Project.

Sue Hemphill is the Founder and Principal Consultant with Healthy Hive – organizational and community development consulting. She is a certified trainer, course developer and writer as well as a practicing professional mediator. Her background and training in the arts and cultural sector makes her a uniquely creative and engaging educator and organizational developer.

The Project:
Over the next 3 years, with generous funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Manitoba Arts Network will be working with 5 of its rural and northern member organizations and youth from those regions. The presenters will incorporate youth volunteers into the curatorial vision for each of their performing arts seasons. In each of the 3 years of this project, they will present an additional performance within their series targeted at a youth audience.

Our five presenting organizations are:

Golden Prairie Arts Council (Carman, Central Region)
Flin Flon Arts Council (Flin Flon, Norman Region)
Gladstone District Community (Gladstone, Central Region)
Steinbach Arts Council (Steinbach, Eastman Region)
Southern Manitoba Concerts (Central Region)

Concerts in Care

Now in its second year, Concerts in Care is a professional concert series held in personal care homes throughout rural and northern Manitoba. The 2016-2017 season of Concerts in Care continues in January. We have a growing roster of local talent, both new to the program and returning. We have upwards of 30 Concerts in Care bookings scheduled for the 2016/2017 season and continue to schedule performances throughout the year.

Concerts in Care Artists:
Everything Fitz,
Kevin Roy,
Luke McMaster,
Michael Gabriel,
Raine Hamilton,
Twin Kennedy,
Quinton Blair,
Lois Gillespie,
Simon Miron,
David Graham and
Rosemary Siemens

To find out more visit our website.

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