Indigenous Arts Leaders Fellowship
The Indigenous Arts Leaders Fellowship was launched in 2018 to address the lack of Indigenous artists and arts administrators in leadership positions. Developed through consultations process with Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the arts community both in Winnipeg and across Canada, the program’s intent is to increase opportunities for Indigenous people to be better represented among decision-makers in Winnipeg’s arts organizations.
The Fellowship provides emerging Indigenous administration professionals with a specialized opportunity to become immersed in the community of contemporary arts creation and presentation in Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Arts Council partners with local arts organizations to create paid positions in which recipients receive mentorship, professional development, and management skills. Fellows are embedded in an organization and undertake an extended period of on the job, arts-focused training.
To date, the Fellowship has been awarded to four individuals. The inaugural Fellows were Seraph-Eden Boroditsky (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) and Niamh Dooley (Manitoba Printmakers Association), while another two were named in 2020: Aliya Boubard (Manitoba Museum) and Emily Solstice Tait (Theatre Projects Manitoba).
During their time as a Fellow, each individual is able to create a program of development suited to their own interests and abilities, all with access to the senior leadership teams and departmental staff of their host organization. Fellows receive dedicated mentoring in management and develop skills in a variety of departments, learning everything from not-for-profit governance, human resource and volunteer management, marketing & development and special events planning.
The Winnipeg Arts Council is currently developing new opportunities for fellowships to be launched in 2021, and more information on those opportunities will be posted on our website and across our social media channels.
Upper: 2018-19 Fellows Seraph-Eden Boroditsky (L) and Niamh Dooley (R)
Lower: 2020 Fellows Aliya Boubard (L) and Emily Solstice Tait (R)