Performing Arts Program
The Network coordinates block booked performance tours throughout the province featuring artists who showcase at our annual Conference and who are listed on our online performing arts directory. The block booking provides an effective, economically viable, focused touring system benefitting rural and northern communities and artists. Participating in a block booked tour can offer reduced artists rates, sometimes up to $500, compared to if you were booking an artist independently. This program tours 12 – 15 professional artists resulting in 140 performances in Manitoban communities to audiences just under 12,000. Total artists fees paid is around $145,000.00

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. We are excited to announce our 2019-2020 season of Concerts in Care in Winnipeg and Rural Manitoba!

Manitoba Showcase
Every year, the Manitoba Arts Network invites some of the best Canadian talent to showcase their work for arts organizations across the province at Showcase. Attendees have the opportunity to experience 15 incredible performances, attend professional development workshops, enjoy visual art exhibits, and engage in networking time over three fulfilling days. ​The showcases of talented artists from across the country gives delegates the chance to preview and meet performers they may want to bring to their community during the upcoming season. The preeminent event of its kind in Manitoba, Showcase provides opportunity for rural and northern arts presenters to exchange ideas and develop or renew relationships.

Visual Arts Touring Exhibitions
MAN provides rural communities with high quality, cost-effective exhibitions by covering all expenses such as shipping, insurance, packing and crating, signage, didactic labels and artist fees for a one-month member booking fee of $150. 

Exhibitions that are selected each year are from both emerging and professional artists, present a range of media and themes, and feature both challenging contemporary work and traditional approaches to art-making through solo, two-person and group exhibitions. 

Our goal is to facilitate the exchange of provincial and national artwork across Manitoba. 

  • Tour 4-6 visual arts exhibition per year
  • Artists are selected by a jury from an annual call for submission 
  • Displayed at over 25 Manitoban communities
  • Visited by over 4000 patrons

Annual Rural & Northern Arts Show
A province-wide exhibition showcasing first-place winners from the regional juried art shows, hosted in Winnipeg.

For over 45 years, regions across Manitoba have held Regional Juried Art Shows. The Manitoba Rural & Northern Juried Art Show is the result of the regional juried arts show’s desire to bring art and artists together across geographic and cultural boundaries to develop relationships while celebrating and sharing the arts.

The Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show highlights the creative accomplishments of rural artists across Manitoba. The exhibit introduces Winnipeg audiences to the artistic work generated by visual artists from beyond the perimeter (Eastman, Westman, Central, Parkland, Norman and Interlake Regions). Artwork on exhibit is always diverse in material and content. Artists are invited to participate after being selected as winners in their regions’ juried art show.

The Rural Art Mentorship Program (RAMP)
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. This program is contingent on grant funding.