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Applications are now closed for the 2022 program. Check back in fall 2022 to apply for 2022/23 programs!

This program offers youth age 16-19 the chance to participate in an introductory group mentorship program run by partnering industry organizations in a choice of four different arts disciplines. Each program is FREE to accepted youth and offers 8 introductory group sessions between February – May. Programs include working with a lead mentor and guest mentors who are professionals in an arts career, collaborating with other youth participants, and working on a small project for a final wrap up presentation. It aims to expose younger individuals to what a career in the arts looks like, in an area they may be interested in pursuing. Program disciplines are subject to change year to year. See below for this years programs and their specific details!

**Due to COVID-19 2022 programs will be run in a mix of virtual and in person sessions – see each program below for more information and vaccination requirements **

Creative Manitoba pledges to make best efforts to prioritize opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds or from equity-seeking individuals and communities, with the goal of 50% of programs holding space for participants who identify as IBPOC or from equity-seeking groups.


1. Filmmaking with your Smartphone

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Partner: Winnipeg Film Group
Wednesdays – February 23, March 6, 9,16, 23, April 6, 13, 27, May 7 (screening)
Times: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Lead Mentor: Ben Williams
Location: Virtual * required access to laptop or desktop with internet, video and audio capabilities

Filmmaking with your Smartphone is a program to inspire and activate young aspiring artists, creative-types and storytellers. This workshop series will provide guidance and valuable information from an array of working professionals in Manitoba’s film community. Each week participants will join in on a Zoom call with the instructor Ben Williams and a professional guest mentor from the industry. The topics will range from independent filmmaking, how to get into Manitoba’s film industry – creating, producing and distributing a film; along with various aesthetic and technical skills. We will conduct an independent study lab where each filmmaker makes their own movie on their smartphone and has the chance to screen their film at the final session. This program has been a great place for young people to network, create new work, and develop a pathway to a new career in film!

2. Intro to the Music Biz

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Partner: Manitoba Music
This program includes:

– Intro to the Music Biz group sessions (Moderator Ashley Au): Tuesdays *February 22, *March 1, April 12,19 *virtual sessions
+ Breakout Sessions:
1. Songwriting – Tuesdays March 8, 15, 22, April 5
2. Sound Engineering – Wednesdays March 9, 16, 23, April 6
3. Music Industry: Behind-the-Scenes – Thursdays March 10, 17, 24, April 7
Times: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Lead Mentors:  Ashley Au & Claire Boning
Breakout Mentors: TBD
Location: Manitoba Music – 1-376 Donald Street *In person
*Proof of vaccination (2 doses) required for this program as it uses public in person spaces*

Intro to the Music Biz group sessions will focus on the ins and the outs of the music industry, how you can get started as a musician building your career, what it takes to put on big musical events, and much more! We’ll have guest mentors joining us each week to expand on these topics and share their own experiences. These gatherings will also allow you to meet and get to know the other participants. Sessions include: Welcome & Intro to the Music Biz; Putting Together a DIY Show; Releasing Music Independently & a Wrap up party with final group presentations.

In addition to the Intro to the Music Biz group sessions, participants will also choose to join one of these small break out groups with mentors in a specialized area of the music industry:

Songwriting – Work with your program mentor to sharpen your songwriting skills and learn how to co-write with others. Experience what it’s like to be in a real writing room with guests your mentor will bring in!

Music Engineering & Production – Want to know how to record, mix, and produce music? Get hands-on experience with your mentor each week as they show you different techniques to create the sound you want and go on a tour of some of Winnipeg’s amazing music studios.

Music Industry: Behind-the-Scenes (event planning, marketing, managing) – Are you interested in learning how to put together music events and festivals or working with musicians to develop their careers? Find out the ways to make your own behind-the-scenes career possible while working alongside the musicians you believe in. You’ll also go on a tour of cool venues around the city. 

3. Theatre Creation Lab

Partner: One Trunk Theatre
  Tuesdays March 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10 (final presentation)
Time: 6:00 -8:30 pm
Facilitated by:  Gwendolyn Collins & Tanner Manson.

Guest Mentors: TBD
TBD *in person
*Proof of vaccination (2 doses) required for this program as it uses public in person spaces*

Join One Trunk Theatre in what they do best, creating theatre from scratch!  
This is a crash course in theatre creation. Learn how to collectively create for the theatre. You will get an introduction to every aspect that goes into the final products you see on stage from lighting, set and costume design to stage managing, production managing and much more! We will bring in theatre professionals in each of these fields to show you how the pros do it. This is for people who want to learn more about the process of theatre creation every step of the way.

4. The Art of Games

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PartnerNew Media Manitoba
Dates: Thursdays March 3, 10, 17, 24, April 7, 14, 21, 28
Time:  6:00 – 8:00 pm
Lead Mentor:  Olivia (Olive) Wilde
Location: virtual * required access to laptop or desktop with internet, video and audio capabilities (no chromebooks)

The Art of Games will explore designing using a program called Blender – a free to use open source 3D program which has been used on some of your favourite videos games and animated films. In this course we introduce you to the interface and core modelling concepts of Blender 2.9x as we create a model of our own. Each class will focus on a different aspect of this powerful program as we walk step by step through the process of 3D creation including modelling, animation, rendering, compositing, and more! Learn how the pros do it.


  1. Read through the program details above, pick the program you are interested in
  2. Download the required nominator form and have it completed by a teacher or unrelated adult familiar with your work
  3. If you are under 18 download the required permission form and have it completed by your parent or guardian
  4. Some programs will require additional materials (such as samples of your work) that you will need to collect and save to attach as well. You will see these questions in the application once you click apply now. You can save and finish later.
  5. Click APPLY NOW below, read through questions, fill in all answers and attach all forms
  6. If application is successfully submitted you will be brought to a confirmation page. If you have not, scroll up and check for any error highlights to fix and resubmit

    – copy and paste your answers into a word doc in case you need to re-submit or want to edit ahead of time
    – be sure to include your name on all attachments 
    – you will have the option to save & send yourself an incomplete application to continue at a later time
    – make sure all attachments are in PDF unless otherwise specified
    – please note vaccination requirements on programs that will run in person. Not required for virtual programs

If you have questions at any point during the application process, do not hesitate to contact the Mentorship Program Manager Dora Carroll

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