City of Winnipeg Budget 2018

Manitobans for the Arts is keeping tabs on the 2018 City Budget process; in the Budget announcement on November 23, the Winnipeg Arts Council allocation, funding to Winnipeg museums and the Public Art Fund remain at 2017 levels. The City has also confirmed the third year of a five-year commitment of $1M to the Inuit Art Centre.

Mayor Bowman has been forthright about the fiscal challenges the City is facing; while Manitobans for the Arts appreciate that culture has not been cut, we also look to implementation of the strategies and investment outlined in the 2017 Mayor’s Task Force on Heritage, Culture and Arts Report. With an upcoming election in October 2018, Manitobans for the Arts will develop a municipal arts and cultural platform, and provide a report grading incumbent candidates’ performance in regard to their support of arts and cultural industries.

Thank you,

The Board of Manitobans for the Arts

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Manitobans for the Arts was created in 2012 to advance arts, culture, heritage and creativity in Manitoba. We are a non-partisan, volunteer and member-led group that places arts, culture, heritage and creativity at the centre of our province’s prosperity and quality of life.

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The Province has launched a cultural policy review to examine the role of the arts, creative industries, heritage, libraries, Indigenous culture, and cultural infrastructure in Manitoba.

This is the first cultural policy review in 25 years and it is poised to have a major impact on arts, culture and heritage in Manitoba. We are excited about the opportunity to provide input to the government, and make the case for how a robust arts and culture sector contributes to the provincial economy and enriches the lives of citizens. It’s critical that those who work in the arts, heritage and creative industries participate in the cultural review.

Click here to read Manitobans For the Arts response to the Provincial discussion



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Manitobans for the Arts was created to bring people together to celebrate, support and promote arts, culture, heritage and creativity in our province.

More than 25,000 people work in the arts and culture sector, a critical part of Manitoba’s economy. Together with the 99% of Manitobans who participate in cultural activity each year, we are helping set the path for the future. Our stories define us, and tell the world who we are.

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