Manitoba Initiatives

Art City is a not-for-profit community arts centre dedicated to providing people of all ages with high-quality arts programming, free-of-charge. Art City’s primary goal is to provide the opportunity and a safe environment for anyone who wishes to express him or herself creatively.  Over a decade ago, Wanda Koop, an internationally renowned artist, saw a need for accessible art programming in Winnipeg’s West Broadway neighbourhood. In 1998, she founded Art City, one of the first organizations of its kind in Canada.

Artbeat Studio is a mental health consumer initiated, peer directed, and recovery oriented program. This community-based studio accommodates artists whose mental health, social connection, and income make it impracticable for them, individually, to acquire a workspace where they might advance their artistic technique safely and securely. The artists are supported and mentored in managing their own workplace, production, and marketing within the operating parameters of the studio.

Artists in Healthcare is a registered charity that provides arts in health care programming to CancerCare Manitoba, numerous hospitals, eight long-term care facilities and their rural expansion sites as of 2009, Boundary Trails and Brandon. Artists in Healthcare's music program has 13 musicians playing over 250 hours a month in chemotherapy, palliative care, pediatrics, intensive care units and generally throughout the hospitals, for the benefit of patients, family and staff. Staff are increasingly aware of the ways they can use music to decrease stress and request musicians t

Arts & Disability Network Manitoba is a regional not-for-profit organization dedicated to the full inclusion of artists and audiences with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. Their mission is to facilitate a network of artists and stakeholders from both the arts and disability communities that supports artists with disabilities in achieving individual artistic excellence, promotes higher visibility of these artists within all disciplines and promotes policies and practices intended to make the arts more accessible to all Manitobans. 

Red Threads of Peace is a playback theatre project in Winnipeg, MB that uses improvisational theater forms to tell personal stories from the audience to build social support and increase personal well-being.  The project works with First Nation youth, newcomers, marginalized populations and seniors.   Red Threads is supported by the Gas Station Arts Centre and other generous community partners.  Their diverse community of actors, musicians and facilitators are available for workshop facilitation and community performances. 

Created in 2008, the 'Dream Room Project' is a not-for-profit that brings hope and inspiration to children in challenging or traumatic situations. For the Winnipeg-based artist, Wanda Luna, this initiative had its roots in a deeply personal experience: her young niece was diagnosed with cancer. During this difficult time Wanda helped her niece paint a large mural across her bedroom and so the 'Dream Room Project' was born.