Arts and Culture Ideas Summit

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Arts and Culture Ideas Summit

Join us on June 15, 2023 for the Arts and Culture Ideas Summit, presented by Manitobans for the Arts and Creative Manitoba.

By Manitobans for the Arts

When and where

Date and time

Thu, Jun 15, 2023 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM CDT


Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain 340 Provencher Boulevard Winnipeg, MB R2H 0G7 Canada

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9:00 AM


9:30 AM

Keynote from Ian Ross

10:30 AM


10:45 AM

Table discussion

11:30 AM


12:30 PM

Introduction of breakout sessions

1. Marketing techniques to reach new audiences - how can we use plain language and modern marketing tools to speak to new audiences? Conversation Animator: Debra Fehr 2. Audience experience - can we ...

12:45 PM

Break out session 1

1:45 PM


2:00 PM

Breakout session 2

3:30 PM

Keynote’s closing remarks

About this event

  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Join us on June 15, 2023 at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain (CCFM) for the Arts and Culture Ideas Summit, presented by Manitobans for the Arts and Creative Manitoba, for a full-day of learning and conversation on how we can rebuild, engage, sustain, and strengthen the arts.

The pandemic disrupted the arts in many ways and the impacts will resonate for years to come. The arts were essentially closed for more than 2 years, leading to critical labour shortages and changes in audience patterns. Compounded by shifting demographics, the arts is now at a crossroads unlike anything the sector has previously faced. The program will bring 50 to 60 senior members of Manitoba’s arts community together for a day of sharing, learning, and exploring the challenges facing the arts in a post pandemic world.

Featuring a keynote address by renowned playwright Ian Ross and a lineup of conversation animators from within the arts sector, this provocative community gathering will inspire new pathways and solutions to address the crisis facing the arts in Manitoba. Conversation animators include; Leslie Supnet, Geneviève Pelletier, Synonym Art Consultation, Debra Fehr, and Jenel Shaw. The event is designed to foster animated conversations among sector leaders so we can begin to address the daunting climb back to financial and labour stability.

The Arts and Culture Ideas Summit is an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and work towards a brighter future for Manitoba's arts and culture sector. Don't miss out on this unique and engaging event - join us today!

Breakout sessions & conversation animators

1. Marketing techniques to reach new audiences - how can we use plain language and modern marketing tools to speak to new audiences?

Conversation Animator: Debra Fehr

2. Audience experience - can we create new ways for audiences to get from ‘street to seat’, new venues, new ways to communicate?

Conversation Animator: Jenel Shaw

3. Audience experience - participant experience and event production (all the things in an art show that are not the art) and the way that Synonym and Wall to Wall think about it.

Conversation Animator: Synonym Art Consultation

4. Artistic programming for future audiences - how are we determining what art goes on stage or on our walls? How do we define excellence? Is there a role for recontextualizing canon in our disciplines?

Conversation Animator: Leslie Supnet

5. Community engagement and cultural considerations - who are our neighbours and are they involved in our art? How can we be more connected to them?

Conversation Animator: Geneviève Pelletier

About Ian Ross

Metis/Ojibway playwright and author Ian Ross was born in McCreary, Manitoba in 1968 and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Theatre. Ross’s plays include the Governor General’s Literary Award winner fareWel, which had productions across Canada and at the Edinburgh Festival, The Gap, Bereav’d of Light, Heart of a Distant Tribe, An Illustrated History of the Anishinabe, and The Third Colour. Ross has written for theatre, film, and television, and is well-known for his radio character “Joe from Winnipeg.” Ian Ross has been awarded the John Hirsch Award (1996), the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama (1997) for fareWel, and the James Buller Award (1999). Ian lives in Winnipeg.

About Manitobans for the Arts

Manitobans for the Arts advocates for arts culture and heritage in Manitoba. Our mission is to create a unified voice for the arts through relationship building, public engagement and advocating for all creative industries in Manitoba. Manitobans for the Arts commits to continuously engage in practices that are transparent, inclusive, cooperative and non-partisan as it develops programs and supports the community.

About Creative Manitoba

Creative Manitoba strengthens, represents and connects Manitoba’s arts and creative industries. Our entrepreneurship training and mentorship opportunities teach artists how to sustain themselves creatively and financially. Our arts specific management training increases productivity and profitability in arts and cultural organizations. We promote the value of the arts. In support of this work, we create and publish directories of artists and creative workers, conduct research and share the findings through educational seminars and outreach. Our creative coworking space supports business growth for independent creative entrepreneurs and creates a focal point for the arts and creative industries in Manitoba. We unite and engage employers, workers, educators, professional associations and government in a strategic alliance, enabling the arts and cultural sector to thrive.

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