About Us

The Manitoba Arts Council is an arm’s-length agency of the Province of Manitoba, established in 1965 “to promote the study, enjoyment, production and performance of works in the arts.” The Council makes awards to professional arts organizations and individuals in all art forms including theatre, literature, dance, music, painting, sculpture, architecture or the graphic arts, and includes other similar creative or interpretative activity, including arts education. The Council uses a peer assessment process in making awards. Historically, the main criterion used to assess applications is artistic merit.

The Council is funded through Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage. Council reports annually through the Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage to the Provincial Legislature in its Annual Report , and Council operations are audited annually.


Artists, organizations, and communities working together to create a vibrant, innovative, and inclusive Manitoba.


We champion excellence in the arts through support for professional artists and arts organizations in Manitoba.


The aims and objects of the Council are to promote the study, enjoyment, production, and performance of works in the arts; and for that purpose the council may:

  • make grants to, assist, co-operate with, and enlist the aid of, organizations whose objects are similar to the objects of the council, and co-operate with the Canada Council;
  • provide through appropriate organizations or otherwise for grants, scholarships, or loans, to citizens of Manitoba for study or research in the arts; and
  • make awards to citizens of Manitoba for outstanding accomplishments in the arts.