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Creative Accessibility: Grant Accessibility

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Creative Accessibility: Grant Accessibility

Created in partnership with Arts AccessAbility Network of Manitoba

Applying for grants can be a big step in your journey as an artist. In this workshop, participants will learn more about the resources available to artists to help cover the costs of disability-related services and supports necessary to complete their projects.

Join us in conversation with representatives from The Manitoba Arts Council, and The Winnipeg Arts Council Granting programs to talk about grants accessibility for Deaf and disabled artists.


Creative Accessibility is a series of workshops that will explore disability art, the experiences of artists with disabilities and how to make art accessible. These workshops will be beneficial not only for emerging artists with disabilities, but artists at all levels of their career with and without disabilities.


Sacha Kopelow was born and raised in rural Manitoba.  She holds degrees from University of Winnipeg in International Development and Environmental Studies, and a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.  Sacha has worked in social and environmental justice for most of her career and is a practising artist, primarily working in cast glass, metalsmithing, and oil painting.  To learn more about Sacha’s art, visit her website at  Alt Text is provided on most images for the blind and those with low vision.

About the Speakers

Dominic Lloyd is originally from the Yukon Territory where he worked with numerous arts organizations including the Dawson City Music Festival, the Yukon International Storytelling Festival, the Dawson City International Short Film Festival, and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. In 2004 he became Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre, a position he held for nearly six years before taking on the role of Project Manager for Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010. He has been in his current role overseeing WAC’s grant programs and Arts Development activities since 2011. 

Throughout his career, Dominic has served on numerous arts and community boards, been a juror and advisor for agencies across the country, and presented at conferences in Canada and Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History and Political Science from Simon Fraser University. In his spare time he enjoys four seasons in the prairie wilderness with his family, and obsesses over baseball statistics.

Martine Friesen (she/her) is a program consultant at the Manitoba Arts Council where she has worked for the last 15 years. Prior to joining the MAC team, she studied classical piano and worked as a professional actor, producer, writer, and teacher. As MAC’s accessibility coordinator, Martine works to make sure all Manitobans can access MAC’s grants and services.”


Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba is a regional not-for-profit artist run charitable organization dedicated to the full inclusion of artists and audiences with disabilities into all facets of the arts community.

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Creative Manitoba reserves the right to cancel or postpone any event where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for an event that is cancelled by Creative Manitoba will receive a full refund.

Registrants may cancel up to one week before the event to receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued to registrants who cancel within one week of the event start date. No refunds will be issued for registrants who do not attend.

Substitute participants are allowed in most cases, but not all. Please check with us ahead of time if you wish to send a substitute participant by calling 204-927-2787.

It is our intent that Creative Manitoba programs and events foster a supportive, nonthreatening environment for everyone to participate and share in - regardless of gender, ability, ethnicity or cultural differences. We ask that you please be welcoming and respectful of world views that differ from your own.

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