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.

Vision

A Manitoba where arts and culture is at the heart of community life.

Purpose

The Manitoba Arts Council funds the creation and sharing of arts and culture for the benefit of all Manitobans.

Values

Equity

MAC strives for funding, programs, and policies that are equitable for all. We recognize that some groups face barriers and that achieving equity for these groups may require targeted measures.

Diversity

MAC embraces the differences of all Manitobans and seeks to have this diversity represented in the work we support.

Creativity

MAC values the original expression of ideas in our work and in the work we fund.

Collaboration

MAC seeks to develop partnerships to make efficient use of our resources, achieve common goals, and maximize our impact. We value a collaborative approach in the work of MAC funding recipients.

Accountability

MAC actively listens to stakeholders and makes our decisions on behalf of the citizens of Manitoba.

Mandate

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.

Land Acknowledgment

The Manitoba Arts Council acknowledges that it carries out its work on the land of Indigenous nations throughout Manitoba. Our office is located on Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabe, Ininew, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation.

We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we recognize privilege disparities, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

Here at the Manitoba Arts Council we are committed to an approach that respects and recognizes the distinct worldview and creative culture of Indigenous communities, while aiming to make Indigenous artistic expression a source of pride for all Manitobans.