We held a think tank and arts education workshop to build bridges with the community, explore, and express ideas about the value of the arts in their learning and development as individuals and citizens.
With performers like dance artist Tanja Woloshen, Artistic Director of Sarasvati Productions Hope McIntyre, visual artist and potter Donna Garofalo, and Indigenous performer Erica Wilson we had an incredible day on inspiration and creativity.
The day opened with a beautiful performance by Indigenous hoop dancer Emilie McInney and continued later in the day with the music of Nadia and Jason Brunstick.
And continued throughout the day with workshops for students where they explored ideas and creative expression.
Many arts educators in community came together to talk about the importance of arts education, brainstorm and share ideas.
It was an inspired day of advocating for the arts.
ArtSpark Manitoba is an initiative of the Alliance for Arts Education in Manitoba (AAEM).
The ArtSpark Manitoba brand identifies current and future community events and activities of the AAEM, including conferences, performances featuring student and emerging artists, and advocacy projects.
ArtSpark Manitoba aims to illuminate the value of learning in and through the arts in Manitoba schools and communities.
Creative Manitoba and Manitoba Moon Voices has partnered to create regular opportunities to honour the knowledge, art, and music of our Indigenous Culture. This bi-weekly event includes guest speakers, artists, elders, and musicians. A great opportunity for students and teachers!
The symphony is not just for adults, there are so many opportunities to introduce children and students to a unique cultural experience.
From playing a live soundtrack of a Charlie Chaplin film or the Wizard of Oz, to shows by children’s entertainers like Al Simmons and Mr. Mark and Manny Tuba go to the birds!
There are plenty of ways for kids to get involved with hands on crafts and sing-a-longs!
Check out their website for more details.
The AAEM is an influential community of educators, artists and citizens
who collaborate to sustain and advance vibrant arts education for all.
The AAEM exists to:
Foster shared understandings of the power of authentic arts learning experiences in diverse contexts.
Build enduring and productive relationships amongst Manitobans involved in arts education.
Illuminate and promote the value of lifelong learning in and through the arts.
We believe in building and fostering a community of Manitobans dedicated to providing and supporting high quality arts education for all. We believe in being accessible to educators, emerging and established artists and arts organizations. We strive to represent the diversity of cultural practice and artistic expression of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in our province.
We believe that the arts provide essential and powerful ways of being, knowing and communicating. We believe in highlighting the creative work of arts learners as an authentic and powerful form of advocacy for arts education. We believe that artistic activity drives engagement in lifelong learning and benefits all sectors of our society.
We believe that open, clear and effective communication within the arts education community is critical to its growth and success. In all of our interactions, we strive to create and maintain environments that are welcoming, safe, accessible and respectful to all.
We believe in the power and spirit of collaboration. Through collaborative action, we access and mobilize the diverse abilities, talents and strengths of our members and maximize our influence in the larger community.
Join Art City as they exhibit work created as collaborative projects based on practices of guest artists! The ‘Me We Everybody’ theme of this exhibit about community, empathy, understanding, and inspiration sounds amazing!
Opening January 11, 7-10
Exhibit runs January 11 – February 3
Click here for more details!
Remember when you were a kid and winter didn’t stop you from playing outside? You’d simply bundle up and enter the wintery wonderland to build a fort or a snowman, go tobagging, skating, or just trek through the snow like an arctic explorer!
Being creative requires us to tap into the playfulness of being a kid again. And Manitoba has so many fantastic ways to enjoy winter!
Be adventurous and try even one this winter season!
Or take in some winter festivals all around Manitoba!
Christmas is the perfect time to get crafty! Whether it’s with the kids or just for yourself.
You can use the snow and ice to make creative snow sculptures and candle holders, create holiday inspired crafts, or make outdoor ornaments to feed the birds!
There’s so much inspiration to be found in the cold holiday season!
Check out this link with a few really great holiday craft ideas.
“Why fit in when you were born to STAND OUT?” – Dr. Suess
One of the best parts of the creative process is it teaches lessons that help with every part of life.
This article is a great reminder that caring too much what others think is a sure way to stop creativity in its tracks.
“Be yourself ; everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde