Call for applications: Manitoba Showcase 2018

Applications open:  February 5 to April 30, 2018 Applications are now open at for performers of all types, from music (traditional, contemporary, classical, jazz, hip hop, etc.), dance, theatre, and variety acts.  Manitoba Showcase 2018 will be held October 25th-28th in Portage la Prairie, MB and will feature 15 – 20 performing artists. Artists are selected by a jury to perform in three live showcases at the William Glesby Centre, for an audience of arts organizations (presenters) seeking to book acts to tour to their communities in 2019/20. Following the conference, Manitoba Arts Network will coordinate block booked tours of the showcasing artists throughout the province based on interest generated by arts organizations who attended MB Showcase. Besides being an opportunity to showcase, the conference also features seminars, workshops, one on one meetings, an artist tradeshow exhibit room and networking events, all focused towards connecting artists, agents, industry professionals, and arts presenters. Manitoba Arts Network is the only organization that showcases and coordinates tours in Manitoba, generating $120,000 – $180,000 in artist fees throughout the year. Showcasing artists can receive up to four years of on-going bookings based on their performance at MB Showcase. For more info, please contact: Thomas Kintel Performing Arts Coordinator Manitoba Arts Network Tel   204.943.0036 Email:


by Patrick Friesen Directed by Andraea Sartison Featuring Tracey Nepinak as Crazy Bone   “Almost like it happened a long time ago and I was remembering…And then I wonder… was I being dreamed?” Theatre Projects Manitoba is pleased to invite you to the world premiere of A Short History of Crazy Bone, a performance that treads the line between poetry, dance and theatre.   Canadian poet Patrick Friesen’s new play awakens Crazy Bone who walks on the outskirts of time, imagination and place –  shunned for her individuality, sexuality, and for the non-conventional choices she has made.  Crazy Bone is traveling to the river, trying to find a way back to herself.  The play, inspired by the playwright’s great grandmother, is an exploration of the nature of the outsider, crowded by others and acutely alone.  Crazy is a trickster, a wild woman laughing, a campesino, the artist.  The ghosts she lives – and sometimes dances with – are not past loved ones but present companions.   The questions inherent in the piece are of an artist’s place in society.  At the heart of the play is the movement, the process, of Crazy finding where she belongs, a spiritual odyssey in deeply human form.  It is also a poetic exploration of the prairie landscape, rooted in our province’s identity and history. The lead role of Crazy Bone will be played by actress Tracey Nepinak; one of Manitoba’s finest theatre artists.   It is a beautiful and difficult tale.  It is a Manitoba story.

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Resources / Toolkits

At Creative Manitoba, we can give you advice on where to get the information you need for whatever project you’re working on.  Some useful resources, toolkits, and research sites are listed here but you can always contact us for more specific information. 1990 MB Arts Policy Review Arts Advocacy The Distinct Role of Artist-Run Centres in the Canadian Visual Arts Ecology (2011) – Study This study seeks to document the role and place of Artist-Run Centres (ARCs) in the larger ecology of the Visual Arts today, understand the disparity of roles and mandates of ARCs. Arts and Culture in the Metropolis: Strategies for Sustainability (2007) – Study This study examines the size and structure of the arts sector and systems of support in major metropolitan areas and identifies strategies for sustainability. Creative Capital Gains: An Action Plan for Toronto (2011) – Report This report presents six overarching recommendations with 33 specific action items designed to strengthen Toronto’s economy and enhance its competitive advantage on the world stage. The Situation and Needs of Canadian Senior Artists (2010) – Report Based on the survey and focus group sessions, the report on Canadian senior artists examines the circumstances of professional artists in the areas of finances, career, housing, health and isolation. Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy (2011) – Report Outlines compelling demographic, aesthetic and economic reasons for foundations to rethink their grantmaking practices to stay current with changes in the cultural sector and to continue to be relevant to the evolving needs of our communities.  Arts Vote Toolkits from the Canadian Arts Coalition Links to help you lobby for increased support for the arts. Canadian Arts Coalition Lobbies for increased support of the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Council for Business for the Arts Canada Fosters and promotes business leadership in the arts, facilitates funding relationships, and connects businesses to the arts for funding, volunteering, and workshops. Alliance for Arts & Culture Advocates for the arts and culture sector by monitoring public policy, synthesizing issues, and representing and providing access to the interests of artists in the Vancouver area. Saskatchewan Arts Alliance Represents Saskatchewan artists’ interests to government, business and the public; unites the arts community by promoting collaboration, and by providing information on issues affecting the sector. Americans for the Arts Provides reports on policy & advocacy, extensive research into American arts issues, and professional development. Creative and Cultural Skills UK Educates and connects industry, education, and government to further the skills and careers of Craft, Cultural Heritage, Design, Literature, Music, Performing, and Visual Arts practitioners. European Cultural Foundation Shares and connects knowledge across the European cultural sector, and campaigns for the arts on all levels of political decision-making. Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Uses intellect, innovation and social activism to try to create a better society. International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) Works to improve the capacity and effectiveness of government arts funding agencies to benefit society through networking, advocacy and research. Harold Buchwald Luncheon Speech: Change, Transformation and Renewal in the Arts A speech by Ben Cameron – November 21, 2012 in Winnipeg Social Impact of the Arts Bigger Thinking for Smaller Cities: How Arts and Culture can Tackle Economic, Social, and Democratic Engagement Challenges in Smaller Cities (2010) – Report Asserts that a cost effective response to the economic, social and democratic challenges smaller cities face requires that we support policies and practices that add value in numerous ways. It proposes an approach in which a network of arts and culture projects in smaller cities can be used to maximise economic, social and democratic returns.  Cultural Industries “Community of Interest” Consultation: Interim Summary (2011) – Report This interim summary of key findings has been gleaned from the consultation survey that has been conducted to date in Saskatchewan. Culture and Local Governance: “Culture and Sustainable Communities” – Journal A peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal that emphasizes research diffusion and communication. CLG offers a space for dialogue across disciplinary boundaries, between established and emerging scholars, and between academics and practitioners. Research into Action: Pathways to New Opportunities – Report Offers specific insights into how the Philadelphia region’s diverse population engages with the arts. The report also provides strategies for cultural organizations looking to build stronger audience connections. International measurement of the economic and social importance of culture (2006) – Report This OECD project will provide an approach to measuring the economic and social importance of culture and will deliver initial quantitative estimates of these measures. The project will also explore the linkages between culture and well-being.  Arts Council England: The impact of the arts: some research evidence (2004) – Report Draws together research evidence on the impact of the arts on employment, education, health, criminal justice and regeneration. It presents findings on the impact of the arts on individuals and on communities.  Ontario Arts Council: Social Impacts of the Arts Research Compiled research on the importance and effects of arts and culture. Cultural Human Resources Council Forum Video highlights from the 2012 HR forum on the impact of arts in education. Economic Impact of the Arts Economic Development Winnipeg: Creative Industries An overview of the key industries in Winnipeg, including the Creative Industries and their contribution to Winnipeg’s economic development. The Economic Contribution of the Film and Television Sector in Canada (2013) – Report A new first-of-its-kind study on the economic contribution of the film and television industry in Canada. The economic contribution of the film and television sector manifests into tax revenue impacts, industry development, and spillover effects captured by the construction and tourism sectors. Creative Trust’s Audience Engagement: Results by Discipline – Survey Surveys, reports, and statistics on audiences and marketing in the arts. Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Great Jobs Agenda: Pre-Budget Submission (2011) – Report This is the sixth year the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce has called for a Great Jobs Agenda. This submission highlights a three-pronged approach to enhancing great jobs in Manitoba including producing and publishing annual sectoral reports, embarking on strategic tax relief, and expanding your innovation agenda to include creativity. Measuring the Value of the Arts (2011) – Study Looks at the value of the arts in three ways: time spent on arts activities; organizational revenue and expenses; and direct consumer spending in the …