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Winnipeg: imagine if we had an arts champion at city hall

Do we believe that the arts are an essential component of our communities? Do we truly believe this? And if we do, then what is needed in terms of supports in order for the arts to have the structures needed to thrive? These are some of the questions that triggered some needed conversations with City […]

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AN AUDIENCE MAKES THINGS REAL

On Saturday I sat on a high stool in a bar, attending a QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) open mic, sipping on a pint of Little Brown Jug, and with an open mind listened to what came my way. On Monday, I sat in a theatre chair, attending the decolonizing lens, eating some […]

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2015, 2016 to 2017

2015, 2016 to 2017 I might be a little late at the year-end tradition of reflecting on the past year as we usher in a new year. I believe the intent is to remember good accomplishments and express new ones for the coming year. Now, it would be easy to be self-indulging and make a […]

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1 month in

I have had the keys to one of the better-known buildings in Winnipeg for about a month now. I find myself thinking, asking questions, observing, trying things out. I find myself split between spending time in the building getting to know who inhabits it and what they do, and walking in the Exchange and its […]

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Artspace welcomes new Executive Director

Artspace Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Eric Plamondon as its new Executive Director effective November 14, 2016. Eric comes to Artspace as a former Director with La Maison des artistes visuels francophones, Western Canada’s only artist run centre for francophone visual artists, and Executive Director of Les amis des arts visuels du […]

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The Board’s Employee

Most not-for-profit Boards have only one employee – the head staff person. The rest of the organization’s employees do not report to the Board and the Board has no role in managing or directing any other employees. This head staff person can have various titles: CEO, Executive Director, Executive Producer, General Manager etc. This person […]

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The King Building Reborn

  Our Market Square neighbourhood is rich with stories. 104 King, directly across from Artspace, was designed and built in 1895 to house one of Winnipeg’s largest shoe retailers – Thomas Ryan Boots and Shoes. The owner became one of the most successful shoe retailers in 19th century Canada (known far and wide as “The […]

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Old Buildings, New Life

Artspace is now 30 years old. Happy Birthday to us! By contrast, the building that houses Artspace – The Gault Building – is 116 years old. The fact that it is still a vital part of downtown life is really quite remarkable. The original tenant, Gault Brothers Wholesalers, passed into history in the nineteen seventies […]

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Simple (not easy) Steps Towards Great Governance

The Board of Directors can be the bane of an arts and cultural organization’s existence or, in rare circumstances, the proverbial wind beneath its wings. The Board can lift up an organization’s mission or suck up valuable time, energy and resources without adding anything but fulfilling the requirements of the corporations act. So how do […]