Speak Out for Arts and Culture!

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.

Every voice makes a difference.
Please take the time to share the work of your organization, its impact in your community and make suggestions for improvement to the Manitoba Government. We encourage you to send your ideas to the Minister and to your local MLA.

The deadline for participation is June 30.

Manitobans for the Arts is drafting a formal submission and participating in community meetings in the coming weeks. Here are some of the ideas that we’re suggesting to the Minister. We invite you to use them and add your own.

To ensure that organizations and individual artists can continue to produce exceptional work, we encourage the Manitoba government to:

  • Strengthen financial capacity and sustainability of cultural organizations by committing to regular increases, to at least maintain real levels of spending.
  • Establish a Premier’s Advisory Council on the Arts with a mandate to integrate cultural policy into all provincial decision-making processes.
  • Renovate and expand cultural infrastructure through the establishment of a new cultural capital fund to address the cultural infrastructure deficit; and the creation of incentives for communities to promote the use of existing buildings and spaces for cultural purposes.
  • Continue to build the cultural workforce through a commitment to enhance training opportunities for emerging and mid-career professionals and investment in accurate and timely labour market information.
  • Provide timely investment to preserve our rich and diverse heritage.
  • Enhance arts education for all citizens by supporting educators as they implement Manitoba’s Arts Curriculum and by investing in programs and organizations that provide access to arts and creative industries activities to young people.
  • Facilitate an active consultation on the needs of Indigenous arts, led by Aboriginal artists and creators, with active involvement from the six Manitoba First Nations.
  • Include an appropriate response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.