Indigenous Artists and the Winnipeg Arts Council

The Winnipeg Arts Council supports Indigenous artists and arts organizations in the creation and dissemination of artistic expression.

Inquiries and applications are welcome. For more information on how to access programs, please contact the Winnipeg Arts Council at 204-943-7668 for consultation.

Public art opportunities and grant programs

Public Art Opportunities

Grants for Artists & Arts Administrators

Grants for Organizations and Collectives

The Winnipeg Arts Council Awards

The Winnipeg Arts Council uses peer assessment to determine funding recipients. Read our Peer Assessment page to learn more about how this works.

Indigenous Arts Leaders Fellowship

Established in 2018, the Indigenous Arts Leaders Fellowship provides First Nations, Métis, or Inuit arts and cultural administration professionals with specialized opportunities to become immersed in the community of contemporary arts creation and presentation in Winnipeg.

Succession planning is an issue confronting arts organizations in all disciplines across Canada. A thriving and inclusive arts community requires leaders who are well-versed in such areas as finance, human resources management, not-for-profit governance. The IALF addresses this gap by providing specialized training, skill development, and enhanced workplace training opportunities specifically for Indigenous people, and creates opportunities for them to be better represented among decision-makers in Winnipeg’s arts organizations.

Previous Fellows have worked with organizations including the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Printmakers Association, the Manitoba Museum and Theatre Projects Manitoba developing the skills required to take on leadership roles in Winnipeg’s arts organizations.

Fellows  receive paid mentoring while working on professional development & management skills in areas including not-for-profit governance, financial and human resources management and leadership. Working with the artistic and administrative leadership, Fellows will support and contribute to projects in administration, marketing & communications and programming & outreach to get a well-rounded picture of the workings of a successful Winnipeg arts organizations.

New Fellowship opportunities are currently being developed for 2020-2021.

Image: Frances Koncan's zahgidiwi/love, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, 2016