Board of Directors

The Winnipeg Arts Council Board of Directors consists of 16 individuals. Six are elected by artists and representatives of arts and cultural organizations, and six are appointed by City Council from a list of nominees from the community at large. One City Councillor serves in a voting capacity and one City staff member serves in a non-voting capacity. The chair is elected from within the Council and is replaced on the Council by another individual from the same category. Once elected or appointed, the members of the Council represent the community and not the constituency that elected or nominated them. Members may serve a maximum of three two-year terms.

Jim August
Chair
show bio

Jim August

Jim has played a leadership role in economic and community development in Winnipeg for over 30 years in a variety of roles: CEO of The Forks North Partnership; Management and Advisory Consulting services; General Manager of The Winnipeg Core Area Initiative. Jim has served as a director on a number of arts and community organizations including Prairie Theatre Exchange, United Way of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Folk Festival, International Downtown Association, Friends of Upper Fort Garry, International Downtown Association, and Waterfront Centre (Washington DC).  Jim is presently a director with University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation and Winnipeg Arts Council, and is also a Board member for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.  He has a long term interest in the arts and community building.  

Jason Granger
Vice Chair
show bio

Jason Granger

Jason Granger is a Community Investment Manager with United Way of Winnipeg. He has worked in the area of community development for the past ten years. After completing his education in city planning, Jason served as the Executive Director of Art City (2003-2008) where he was able to combine his interests in community art and neighbourhood development. Since 2008, Jason has been with United Way of Winnipeg, working in the areas of community investment, poverty reduction, agency relations, and capacity building in the non-profit sector. At a volunteer level, Jason is a founding steering committee member of Camp Aurora, a camp for LGBTTQ and allied youth, and in recent years has served on the organizing committee for the Run for Rights.

Jason recognizes the importance of a strong arts and cultural sector as a key component to vibrant city building. He believes in the power of creativity for both individual and community development.

Jason’s educational background includes a Bachelor of General Studies degree from Brandon University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree and a Master of City Planning degree from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. 

Andrew McLaren
Secretary/Treasurer
show bio

Andrew McLaren

Andrew McLaren is a principal and consultant with InterGroup Consultants Ltd. in Winnipeg. Andrew graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and a Masters of natural resource management. He assists clients across Canada in the areas of utility rate regulation; energy policy; project planning and public engagement; and environmental stewardship programming. Andrew has volunteered on the board of directors of Film Training Manitoba, on the organizing committee of the Winnipeg Pride Run and as an usher and ticket seller with the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Andrew lives in Winnipeg’s historic exchange district and enjoys the many arts and cultural opportunities Winnipeg has to offer.

Vonnie Von Helmolt
Past Chair
show bio

Vonnie Von Helmolt

Vonnie Von Helmolt

Film Producer

 

From her Manitoba base, Vonnie Von Helmolt produces internationally released theatrical and documentary features, television movies, miniseries and specials. Her Canadian dance productions for the CBC and BRAVO!  has garnered numerous film and television awards world-wide, including an International Emmy. Nominations include US Cable Ace Awards and Banff Rockies. Her Emmy-winning dance film, Dracula - Pages from a Virgin's Diary, directed by Guy Maddin, screened at the Cannes Film Festival, was a TIFF Canadian Top Ten Feature Film, on the Village Voice New York Critics list of the top 10 films released that year, won numerous Canadian and international film festival awards, and continues to screen at festivals around the world. Her most recent theatrical documentary, TuTuMUCH, set in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division school, was awarded Best Documentary at two of the largest youth film festivals in the world, in China and Chicago. It screened at 60 Cineplex Odeon theatres across Canada, at the Cannes Film Festival and at numerous festivals world-wide. TuTuMUCH was released in the US in 2014.

 

Vonnie is the Past Chair of the board of the Winnipeg Arts Council, and she was the Founding Chair of Film Training Manitoba, and the Manitoba District Council of the Director's Guild of Canada. She currently chairs the Finance committee of the Manitoba chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada, and also chaired the Finance Committee on the national executive of the Documentary Organization of Canada.

 

As a board member of the Winnipeg Arts Council, she takes advantage of every opportunity to attend the multitude of art, music, dance and theatre productions that are a constant of Winnipeg's social and cultural life.

Laird Rankin
Chair Emeritus
show bio

Laird Rankin

A Winnipeg native, Laird Rankin has had a diversified career in the non-profit sector and the magazine business, most recently as executive director of Canada's National History Society and publisher of its magazine, The Beaver. He has authored two books "The Nonsuch" and "The Return of the Nonsuch" that tell the story of the ship in The Manitoba Museum.

Ann Hodges
Arts Community Director - Small-sized Organizations
show bio

Ann Hodges

Ann is a Winnipeg-based theatre and opera director.  Directing credits include Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Opera, Calgary Opera, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Theatre Projects, Dry Cold, Edmonton Opera, Vancouver Opera, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Blyth Festival, Persephone, Shaw Festival, and Opera Lyra.  Career highlights include a directing workshop with Peter Brook (National Theatre, London), directing the 2002 North American Indigenous Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and directing MTC’s recent production of August: Osage County starring Martha Henry.  In addition to directing, Ann has written numerous adaptations of classic operas for young audiences which are frequently produced by companies across Canada, and wrote the libretto for Vancouver Opera’s acclaimed production of Naomi’s Road.  Ann is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
 

Louise Duguay
Council Director
show bio

Louise Duguay

Born in Saint-Boniface, Louise Duguay holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Manitoba and a diploma in Fashion Design from Sheridan College. She teaches in the Multimedia Communications program of the École technique et professionnelle of the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface. She has taught Canadian Art and Women, Art and Society at the University of Winnipeg and is vice-president of MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women in the Arts).

Evan Klassen
Council Director
show bio

Evan Klassen

Evan Klassen is currently the production Manager with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.  He has worked professionally as a freelance stage manager and arts administrator professionally for the past eleven years, for most of Winnipeg’s major theatrical organizations as well as for numerous theatres and festival across Canada including the Shaw Festival, National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, and Citadel Theatre. He serves locally on the board of the Seven Oaks House Museum and nationally for the Canadian Actors Equity Association.

Councillor Jason Schreyer
City Council Representative (Voting)
show bio

Councillor Jason Schreyer

http://www.winnipeg.ca/council/elmwood.stm

Diane Berger                                                            
Council Director
show bio

Diane Berger                                                            

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Diane Berger received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba and went on to study voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and private study in Vancouver, BC.  She has performed as a soloist and chorister in recital, opera and television and has taught voice for the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, the University of Manitoba School of Music and Providence College. She is member of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing and a founding member of the Little Opera Company.

Kerry Dangerfield
Council Director
show bio

Kerry Dangerfield

Kerry Dangerfield is a founding partner of PRA (Prairie Research Associates) Inc., a market research and evaluation firm based in Winnipeg. PRA's Winnipeg and Ottawa offices have a full-time staff of 30 and a part-time staff of 80. As the firm's managing partner, Kerry continues to be extensively involved in all aspects of the research process, sharing his over 28 years of research knowledge with local, regional, and national clients. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. Born in Winnipeg, Kerry has chosen the city as his home.

 

For over two decades, Kerry has been an active volunteer, especially for non-profit arts organizations. He was a long-time board member with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (MTC) and was Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2012-2014. He is currently the Chair of Royal MTC's Advisory Council. He is a past-President of, and continues to sit on, the Board of Directors of Virtuosi Concerts Inc. He is a board member of the Performing Arts Lodge (PAL Winnipeg), an organization dedicated to building affordable housing for artists. He was also the Chair and then co-Chair of the Direct Marketing Committee for the United Way's Campaign Cabinet.

 

Kerry has experience working on non-profit boards, is knowledgeable about the local arts community, and simply loves the arts. He brings to the Winnipeg Arts Council this enthusiasm for the arts and looks forward to working with other like-minded Winnipeggers on the board.

Cheryl Miki
Arts Community Director - Project Grant Organizations
show bio

Cheryl Miki

Cheryl Miki is the program coordinator at Artspace Inc., which serves forty-five multidisciplinary arts organizations in Manitoba by providing low- cost facilities, shared administrative services and fundraising mentorship programs. Cheryl manages the Artspace Arts Management program, which is a bookkeeping service for charitable arts organizations. She currently provides seven Winnipeg based arts organizations with full-cycle bookkeeping, including payroll, tax filing and audit support.

Cheryl joined Artspace in 2013, following a twelve year career in book publishing. She is the former Marketing and Sales Supervisor at University of Manitoba Press, and former Marketing Director of Great Plains Publications. She has served as President of the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, as a board member of the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Canadian Citizens Association, and on numerous publishing awards and and grant juries.

Cheryl is commited to arts and culture. She is a former musician, an active volunteer with Cercle Moliere, and currently works with monoprints and linocuts in her spare time. She is especially interested in cultural policy and civic responsibility in the arts.

Kristin Nelson
Arts Community Director - Individual Artists
show bio

Kristin Nelson

Kristin Nelson  received her BFA in Visual Arts at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2003 and her MFA at Concordia university in 2014.

Through a process of examination and re-contextualisation, she transforms mundane subjects into larger social concerns. Kristin has recently completed a three month Canada Council International Residency at Artspace in Sydney Australia and has participated in a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited across Canada as well as Mexico and has served on the board of the Manitoba Craft Council and Manitoba Printmakers Association. She is currently the Co- Director at Martha Street Studio.

Kristin has contributed to the Arts and Disability Network and Manitoba as a Curator and to MAWA as a Mentor.Kristin has written academic texts on art and disability , which are being published by the University of British Columbia Press in 2016.

Andrea Ratuski
Arts Community Director
show bio

Andrea Ratuski

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

From 1985 to 2015, Andrea was a music producer and host at CBC in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In that capacity, she worked on virtually all of the national and local radio music programs, including Canada Live, In Concert, Tempo, Choral Concert and Northern Lights.She was also a writer on the CBC websites, Manitoba SCENE,which was devoted to stories about arts, culture and food, and CBC Music, the national music website.

She is a contributing editor of International Taste and Travel and writes for Winnipeg Women magazine. Currently she can be heard as a host on Classic 107. Andrea also enjoys hosting musical events, such as the Winnipeg Philharmonic concerts and the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival.

Melanie Dean
Arts Community Director
show bio

Melanie Dean

Melanie Dean is a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation. She’s currently the Director, Executive Training with the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, Inc. a non-profit organization that builds leadership capacity in Indigenous communities across Canada. She’s also Executive Director of Empowering Indigenous Youth in Governance and Leadership, a registered charity that is youth-led and builds leadership capacity in the Indigenous community addressing a variety of societal issues.

 

She attained a BA at the University of Winnipeg and has worked in various Federal Government departments; she was a Child Care worker with Little Red Spirit’s Head Start program, a Powwow  instructor with the Rising Sun Powwow Club at Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre, Apprentice with Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and Cultural Coordinator with Seven Oaks School Division’s Keeping Balance after school program.

 

Melanie has performed in various onstage plays such as, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, The Crisis in Oka Manitoba with Red Roots Theatre Company, Doug Nepinak’s The Life of Ruth and BBQ, August Osage County with Manitoba Theatre Centre, and Jail Baby and Empty with Sarasvati Productions. She is an active volunteer and mentor in the community and currently serves as Board Chair with the Urban Indigenous Theatre Company.

 

Melanie is a jingle dress dancer and enjoys travelling the Powwow trail with her family.