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The Manitoba Arts Network is the only organization that organizes performing arts and visual art showcases and coordinates tours in rural Manitoba.

Block Booking Program

Take advantage of collective buying power to book performing artist tours at reduced fees.

MAN coordinates performance tours through our Block Booking process. Our Performing Arts Coordinator facilitates discussions amongst our members collecting the interest from presenters in the performances they saw at Manitoba Showcase and want to bring to their communities. The goal is to foster collaboration between communities in order to take advantage of collective buying power to book performing artists from across Canada (and sometimes internationally) at reduced fees. This process allows presenters to bring in performers they could not otherwise afford.

An average touring season coordinated by MAN yields:

  • 10-15 tours
  • 50-60 performances in member communities across Manitoba
  • attended by over 10,000 Manitobans
  • resulting in up to $190,000 in artist fees throughout the year

Concerts in Care

In partnership with the Health Arts Society the Manitoba Arts Network‘s Concerts in Care program (CiC) brings professional musicians to personal care homes, assisted living facilities and retirement homes.

We have run CiC in rural Manitoba since 2015, and in Winnipeg since 2019, bringing over 400 concerts to more than 12,000 PCH and Assisted Living residents.

Manitoba Showcase

Manitoba Showcase is an annual visual & performing arts conference that features some of the best Canadian artists, from a wide range of genres, for Manitoban presenters and galleries, connecting them with future opportunities and collaboration.

The preeminent event of its kind in Manitoba, Showcase engages over 150 artists, presenters, agents, managers, and industry stakeholders to exchange ideas and develop and rekindle relationships.

Touring Exhibition Program

Book a variety of exhibitions at a subsidized monthly rate of $150 up to 2 years in advance.

The Manitoba Arts Network sends high-quality exhibitions to rural communities across the province. The Arts Network covers all expenses such as shipping, insurance, packing and crating, signage, didactic labels, and artist fees for a one-month member booking fee of $150. and $200 for non-members.

An average touring season coordinated by MAN yields:

  • 4-5 visual arts exhibition  
  • 20-25 bookings by over 20 communities in Manitoba, NW Ontario, and North Dakota.
  • 8 free artist-led workshops for members (dependant on grants)
  • Resulting in up to $15,000 in artist fees throughout the year (dependant on grants)

Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show (MRNJAS)

This annual exhibition features award-winning artworks in a variety of media by over 50 rural and northern Manitoba artists from the regional juried arts shows held across Manitoba each year.

Artwork submitted to regional Juried Art Shows is selected to participate in MRNJAS each year. Previously hosted in person, this year the show will be online from September to November and aims to nurture relationships between artists and patrons across geographic boundaries, facilitating artistic exchange. Click here to visit our art gallery

The Rural Art Mentorship Program (RAMP)

This four-weekend mentorship program with studio visits for up to 5 artists is led by a professional mentor, and culminates in an exhibition.

In partnership with Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) the program pairs emerging and experienced professional artists, to provide knowledge, experience, and practical help in a learning environment. Through the program, artists develop lasting relationships with other artists in their area and learn many of the skills needed to further their growth as artists. A different region of the province is selected by the program each year.