Manitoba Showcase Facilitators

Workshop Facilitators

Please stay tuned for more information regarding the 2018 Facilitator line-up.

Albert McLeod is a Status Indian with ancestry from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the Metis community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. He has over twenty years of experience as a human rights activist and is one of the directors of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba. Albert lives in Winnipeg, where he works as a consultant specializing in HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal peoples, Aboriginal cultural reclamation, decolonization, and cross-cultural training.

Indigenous People and Understanding Our Shared History

Elder Albert McLeod takes us through the history of Canada’s Indigenous people and the effects of colonization. Providing an overview of the beliefs and value systems that sustain the spirit of Canada’s First Peoples. Participants will learn about pre-contact philosophies and practices inherent in the Ojibwe language and how they can be applied to contemporary life.

Cultural Sensitivities and Protocols in the Arts

Elder Albert McLeod helps us navigate traditional protocols and teachings within the context of the art world. How do you respectfully approach an Indigenous community to develop relationships and welcome artists? What are the best practices for opening an Indigenous art show? Do you have to serve bannock at the reception? Land Acknowledgements, smudging and how to art in a good way.

Eric Plamondon is a Winnipeg based multidisciplinary artist, arts administrator, and current Executive Director of Artspace, a three decades old, bold, and audacious project that supports over forty arts organizations throughout Manitoba. Before joining the Artspace team, Eric was the director of the artist run centre, La Maison des artistes visuels francophones. It is in this role that he made Manitoba history by obtaining an entertainment facility liquor license for an art gallery. These innovative actions continue to influence Eric’s decision making, proving that he is never afraid of doing things differently to give value to space, assets, and the arts! This might be why he transformed the Director’s office, and originally the Mayor of Saint-Boniface’s office, into Le Studio, a malleable space for members to create and showcase their work. Eric also dived into projects that valued temporary art installations that interact with the community. From that philosophy he gave life to le Jardin des sculptures with Mayor of Winnipeg award winning projects such as Nuit de_ART and through partnerships with Cool Gardens. In addition, Eric was a key organizer of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg and is a former co-chair of Culture Days Manitoba. It is through these roles that he furthered his capacity to link community and art through public and private spaces transformed by art!

Case Study: Curating for Community Engagement

Can visual art projects exist as an interactive public experience?  Hear from two Manitoba artists who have presented projects in Manitoba that have balanced value in artistic merit and artistic expression alongside public involvement. They have various example of site specific projects that were both ephemeral and long lasting in both the physical presence of art and the impression of the importance of art in the minds of those who took in the art experience. You are invited to join a conversation on what are the factors for success, along with the challenges. There examples are only amongst many, so bring a story from your own community or a project you wish to develop, as the session is both a presentation of past projects and a frank discussion on what can be done in your spaces, in your community.

Gabrielle Funk as been an active and diverse member of Winnipeg’s creative community since 2013. She has an ever-evolving private visual art practice and has shown her paintings and drawings in a variety of contexts, most recently including exhibitions at the Edge Village Gallery and Gurevich Fine Art. Furthermore, Gabrielle is the co-founder of a Winnipeg-based artist’s collective entitled rip/torn, through which she has facilitated the creation of six submission-based art publications, and several exhibitions and events emphasizing unique and creative approaches to community engagement. In addition she works as a muralist, a commission based artist, a freelance illustrator for the Uniter Urban Journal  and as a community art facilitator through Art City and Grafitti Art Programming. Most recently she coordinated a full time community centered art program called Green Art which was widely utilized  by the West Broadway community in Winnipeg.

Case Study: Curating for Community Engagement

Can visual art projects exist as an interactive public experience?  Hear from two Manitoba artists who have presented projects in Manitoba that have balanced value in artistic merit and artistic expression alongside public involvement. They have various example of site specific projects that were both ephemeral and long lasting in both the physical presence of art and the impression of the importance of art in the minds of those who took in the art experience. You are invited to join a conversation on what are the factors for success, along with the challenges. There examples are only amongst many, so bring a story from your own community or a project you wish to develop, as the session is both a presentation of past projects and a frank discussion on what can be done in your spaces, in your community.

Hope McIntyre is currently launching in to her 20th year as Artistic Director of Sarasvàti Productions. She has a BFA and MFA in theatre. She also completed a performance apprenticeship at ARTTS International in England. She is an award winning playwright and director who specializes in community collaboration. She has received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the Bra D’Or and the Women Helping Women Award. She has taught at Mount Allison, Brandon University, University of Manitoba, Prairie Theatre Exchange and currently University of Winnipeg.

Participatory Art Projects with Indigenous Communities

This presentation will look at specific examples of Sarasvàti Productions’ efforts to build bridges and genuine partnerships with Indigenous Communities. As a theatre company we have worked towards a goal of increasing representation, finding culturally respectful ways of working together, and ultimately tackling principles of reconciliation. There have been challenges, missteps, as well as many learning moments along the way. Presenters will share specific examples of past work, methods of developing artistic relationships, and candid dialogue about the pitfalls in trying to connect cultures.

Jordan Miller, a Winnipeg artist, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (U of M, Honours, ’02). She holds a diploma in Arts and Cultural Management (U of W, ’08). Current memberships include Creative Manitoba and Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art. As an artist and art consultant, she has mentored in both the creation and business side of art. She is the Executive Director of cre8ery (gallery & studio) inc. Her works are collected throughout Canada and United States. In 2011, Jordan was the recipient of the 35th Annual Woman of Distinction Award (Arts). Jordan was a finalist for the Future Leaders Of Manitoba Awards in 2015.

Survival in the Arts- Sustainable Business Practices

While establishing cre8ery gallery and studio (2006), with government funding cuts in full force, Jordan opened her gallery as a half commission, half rental venue for artists of all levels, creating an opportunity for artists and the gallery to succeed.  In this seminar, a round table discussion and question and answer period, we will share how we create sustainable and improved practices (selling commissioned art, supplies, offering venue rentals and other services, hosting events attracting a new audience, fundraising events, and much more). Please come with prepared questions.

 

Since 2013, Josh Gennings has been the Theatre Supervisor for the city of Fort Saskatchewan’s Shell Theatre. His 20-year career in the arts has provided opportunity to serve as project manager, production designer, and organizer throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. From Cruise Ships, (RCI) to international conferences and large-scale awards shows (NASCAR), his varied operational experience is highly sought after. Developing relationships with presenting organizations and committees as a board and jury member, Josh now enjoys the thriving arts community in Alberta. A fervent musician, his balance of creativity and technical experience gives a unique perspective to finding success through innovation, process development, and technology.

Using Artists to Anchor Your Season:

Using big name artist notoriety or national tour marketing to raise awareness for your season or venue; tips and tricks that will land the big fish in your venue. This session will discuss artist research in the preliminary stages, block booking, and being the champion to maximize your programming dollars, ultimately growing your patron base. You’ve landed the big name artist, now what? Learn about organic program growth to connect them to the rest of your season!

Marketing to Meet your Audience Development Needs

You have a firm grasp on your core audience and want to expand them, but how? Deciphering ticket sales information and area demographics through new marketing streams to meet your expansion desires ensures that you will find the right patrons for your programming. We will touch on online marketing methods and holding ad buy vendors accountable for your deliverables.

Margaret Bernhardt-Lowdon is the Executive Director of the newly amalgamated Portage & District Arts Centre and the William Glesby Centre. When she graduated from University of Manitoba in 1982, she had no idea that her chosen career of nursing would evolve into a career in the arts. Margaret has been a bed-side nurse and worked in the community. She has acted as an advocate for several organizations, has been self-employed, and had management positions with several registered charities and health organizations. She credits her interest in the arts to her ‘crafty’, outspoken, and music-loving family and the life lessons she gleaned from parenting her son – who is a professional artist.

Margaret is a panelist on the Collaborating with Economic Development & Chamber of Commerce workshop.

 

Marsha Knight has worked in the theatre and film industry for over 20 years. She has a wide range of experience both on and off stage. As a theatre artist, Marsha has worked extensively in Winnipeg and has performed on stage nationally as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Some of her work offstage has included leading youth at Rossbrook House for both theatrical and film projects partnered with Health Canada and working seven years with New Directions as a Drama facilitator in a classroom teaching and exposing arts to youth who have been sexually exploited.

Participatory Art Projects with Indigenous Communities

This presentation will look at specific examples of Sarasvàti Productions’ efforts to build bridges and genuine partnerships with Indigenous Communities. As a theatre company we have worked towards a goal of increasing representation, finding culturally respectful ways of working together, and ultimately tackling principles of reconciliation. There have been challenges, missteps, as well as many learning moments along the way. Presenters will share specific examples of past work, methods of developing artistic relationships, and candid dialogue about the pitfalls in trying to connect cultures.

Nick Beach is the General Manager of the Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing arts Centre on the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta.  He has been at the Lougheed Centre since mid way through construction of the building, which opened in Oct of 2014.  Nick has worked at several performing arts centres over the last 18 years including the National Arts Centre, E. A Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, and Keyano College before moving to Camrose.  Nick is a graduate of the Technical Production Program at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Budgeting and Business Cases for Presenters

From start to finish, we will go through the budgeting process for a season of performances. The seminar will start with building a business case for presenters to make an informed decision to commit to a performance which includes projected expenses, revenue, and ticket prices. We will then discuss formal offers and contracts. This will lead us to explore building a season budget and tracking the expenses, ticket sales, and revenue throughout the season.

Sponsorship, Ticket Packaging, and added Services. 

This seminar will look at the successful sponsorship program currently being used at the Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre as a case study. Through this process, we will explore in detail sponsorship options for performing arts presenters and how to strengthen relationships with your sponsor partners. We will discuss ticket and subscription options and how season ticket trends have been shifting. We will also explore other added service revenue streams such as bar revenue, and VIP packaging options.


Raised in Portage la Prairie, Preston Meier has a love for the community and all it has to offer and is continually excited about the opportunities that exist to work, live and play. Married to Lin and the proud father of 3 kids, Josh, Jodee & Justis, he continues to involve himself in a number of volunteer positions. He is currently PR director and President Elect for the Rotary Club of Portage la Prairie. His community involvement has led him to be elected to the local school board since 2006. He currently sits on a number boards including a director with Community Futures Heartland and is currently President of Portage & District Chamber of Commerce. His love of sports has led him to be involved in the local sporting community, whether it be curling, slowpitch, pond Hockey and especially golf in which he is Past President of the Portage Golf Club. Preston has been a member of the Prairie Players Theater group and has acted in a number of small roles in a number of local productions and supports public theatre as well as public art.

Preston is a panelist on the Collaborating with Economic Development & Chamber of Commerce workshop.

 

Shawna Dempsey & Dana Kletke  are Co-Executive Directors of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA), a visual art education centre in Winnipeg. They successfully fundraise through foundations, events, sponsorships, memberships, and donations each year. Dempsey is also an instructor in Women’s and Gender Studies at University of Winnipeg. Dana Kletke is a freelance financial consultant for the not-for-profit sector and a coach with Creative Manitoba. Both are practicing artists.

Fundraising, Sponsorship & Donors

Looking to develop new relationships with potential supporters of your organization?  Get concrete ideas on how to increase your organization’s budget by learning how to navigate and nurture different types of donor and sponsor relationships. Hear from two seasoned leaders in the arts community who have grown support their not-for-profit organization.

Sue Hemphill is the Founder and Principal Consultant with Healthy Hive – organizational and community development consulting. She is a certified trainer, course developer and writer as well as a practicing professional mediator.   Her background and training in the arts and cultural sector makes her a uniquely creative and engaging educator and organizational developer. Sue’s range of skills includes financial (fundraising and budgeting and forecasting), human resource management (hiring, performance review, contract negotiation, training and development, mentoring), conflict resolution and program development.

Collaborating with Economic Development & Chamber of Commerce

What can arts organizations learn from the business community? More than you probably think! Learn about how your organization can build and strengthen mutually-beneficial relationships with local business networks, including Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development branches. Hear from a panel of leaders in Portage’s business and arts community who have stories of successful collaborative initiatives. Learn how to be more relevant to economic development leaders and how the arts and culture can better appreciate and align with economic development strategic goals for your area.

Case Study: Youth Engagement Project

The 2- year pilot demonstration Young Engagement Project or “YEP”that  has been taking place in 5 communities: Gladstone, Carberry, Flin Flon, Steinbach and Morden is in it’s final quarter.  The youth in these communities, under the leadership and guidance of experienced performing arts presenters, have selected their YEP Year Two performances and are moving into marketing and promotion, at the same time as they continue to develop and utilize their youth arts councils. Come out to this session to hear about how the project has gone in these diverse communities; the challenges, solutions / strategies, successes and lessons learned.

In his role as Executive Director for Portage Regional Economic Development, Vern May brings a public and private sector outlook to effective community collaboration and the avenues to leverage opportunities for mutual success. At home, he stays active with two sons Oscar (7) and Ty (2) and is blessed to be married to his brilliant, beautiful wife Karen for 21 years.

Vern is a panelist on the Collaborating with Economic Development & Chamber of Commerce workshop.

Pick-the-Brain Facilitators

Schedule a one-on-one networking session with one of our experts! The meetings are designated time slots that provide an opportunity to chat with a seasoned professional from the arts community. Ask questions regarding performing or visual arts. depending on each professional’s area of expertise.

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Since 2015, Aimé has worked for the Government of Manitoba’s Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage as a Community Arts Consultant. In this role, he is recognized as an effective financial analyst and a helpful consultant for community arts organizations.  Prior to this role, Aimé was Executive Director of Le 100 NONS, Manitoba’s francophone music organization, for seven years. In that role, he systematically improved services and programming to meet the members’ needs and the organization’s values, mandate and vision.

 

 

 

Anita Baerg and Arryn Varls are senior program advisors with the Department of Canadian Heritage – Prairies and Northern Region.

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series (arts presenters) and organizations that offer support to arts presenters. Through the CAPF, Canadians have access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities. Each year, the CAPF supports approximately 600 professional arts festivals and performing arts series, as well as other activities related to art presentation, in more than 250 cities or communities across Canada.

Douglas Riske was appointed Executive Director of the Manitoba Arts Council in 1998, following two years as Executive Director of the Yukon Arts Centre Corporation in Whitehorse. Prior to moving into the public sector, Riske worked in the arts and culture sector for over 40 years as an actor, stage manager, director, artistic director, producer, consultant, teacher and cultural manager. He founded two theatre companies in Calgary, one of which, Alberta Theatre Projects, continues to produce challenging new Canadian work as a regular part of each season. He served as artistic director in Kelowna at Sunshine Theatre and at the New Bastion Theatre Company in Victoria. As a freelance director he was an Assistant Director at the Stratford Festival, and directed a number of productions at Stage West Dinner Theatres and at the Manitoba Theatre Centre. As an actor he performed on stage as well as in film, television and radio. Riske has also been active in various industry associations including Canadian Actors Equity Association and ACTRA, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and was the founding chair of the Canadian Public Arts Funders.

(photo by Leif Norman)

Eric Plamondon is a Winnipeg based multidisciplinary artist, arts administrator, and current Executive Director of Artspace, a three decades old, bold, and audacious project that supports over forty arts organizations throughout Manitoba. Before joining the Artspace team, Eric was the director of the artist run centre, La Maison des artistes visuels francophones. It is in this role that he made Manitoba history by obtaining an entertainment facility liquor license for an art gallery. These innovative actions continue to influence Eric’s decision making, proving that he is never afraid of doing things differently to give value to space, assets, and the arts! This might be why he transformed the Director’s office, and originally the Mayor of Saint-Boniface’s office, into Le Studio, a malleable space for members to create and showcase their work. Eric also dived into projects that valued temporary art installations that interact with the community. From that philosophy he gave life to le Jardin des sculptures with Mayor of Winnipeg award winning projects such as Nuit de_ART and through partnerships with Cool Gardens. In addition, Eric was a key organizer of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg and is a former co-chair of Culture Days Manitoba. It is through these roles that he furthered his capacity to link community and art through public and private spaces transformed by art!

Since 2013, Josh Gennings has been the Theatre Supervisor for the city of Fort Saskatchewan’s Shell Theatre. His 20-year career in the arts has provided opportunity to serve as project manager, production designer, and organizer throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. From Cruise Ships, (RCI) to international conferences and large-scale awards shows (NASCAR), his varied operational experience is highly sought after. Developing relationships with presenting organizations and committees as a board and jury member, Josh now enjoys the thriving arts community in Alberta. A fervent musician, his balance of creativity and technical experience gives a unique perspective to finding success through innovation, process development, and technology.

Leanne Foley is the Arts-in-Education Program Consultant at the Manitoba Arts Council. MAC is scheduled to launch its new Artists in Schools program on November 14. This is a chance to learn about all the new opportunities available to Manitoba professional artists, arts/cultural professionals, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, professional arts groups and organizations interested in applying for funding to work in schools.

The new Artists in Schools program will support funding for: workshops, short-term projects, and three-year projects.

Loricia Pacholko-Matheson is the Executive Director for Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba. AANM is an organization in Winnipeg that was founded in 2008.  Established by disabled visual artists struggling to establish their careers, they have created a community of inclusivity. Projects funded have benefitted disabled, Deaf, and Mad artists in showing and selling their work, while bringing awareness to the community of what ‘outsider’ art is.  They have been assisting art organizations/productions in obtaining ASL services for an annual events. They have a small gallery space and are looking to feature rural disabled artists for 2019, with each show running for about three weeks.

DIVERSITY through ACCESS to TECHNOLOGY + Art (DATA) is our most recent mentorship partnership with Video Pool. The Making our Mark (MoM) collaboration with Martha Street Studio is wrapping up its third year, with a show opening during First Friday’s on November 2, 2018.

Seeking a place to feature your art, videos, events, shows and/or organization?  Needing assistance in your emerging career as a disabled artist?  Wanting more information about how to promote inclusion?

Nick Beach is the General Manager of the Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing arts Centre on the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta.  He has been at the Lougheed Centre since mid way through construction of the building, which opened in Oct of 2014.  Nick has worked at several performing arts centres over the last 18 years including the National Arts Centre, E. A Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, and Keyano College before moving to Camrose.  Nick is a graduate of the Technical Production Program at the National Theatre School of Canada.

 

Shawna Dempsey & Dana Kletke  are Co-Executive Directors of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA), a visual art education centre in Winnipeg. They successfully fundraise through foundations, events, sponsorships, memberships, and donations each year. Dempsey is also an instructor in Women’s and Gender Studies at University of Winnipeg. Dana Kletke is a freelance financial consultant for the not-for-profit sector and a coach with Creative Manitoba. Both are practicing artists.