Manitoba Arts Council

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The Manitoba Arts Council (MAC) is a provincial crown corporation whose purpose is "to promote the study, enjoyment, production and performance of works in the arts."[1] The Council was founded in 1965 with the passage of An Act to Establish The Manitoba Arts Council and incorporated in 1967. It operates under the terms of The Arts Council Act receiving an annual grant from the province to provide a program of grants for artists and arts organizations in Manitoba.[2]

Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction[edit]

This award recognizes individuals for the artistic excellence of their work and their contribution to the arts in Manitoba. Recipients are selected by a multidisciplinary panel from nominations submitted by the community. The award process is administered and funded by the Council. Initially awarded annually, the $30,000 award is now awarded biennially.[3]

Year Name Field
2002 Leslee Silverman[3] theatre
2003 Robert Kroetsch[3] literary arts
2004 Grant Guy[3] performance and media arts
2005 Guy Maddin[3] film
2006 Aganetha Dyck[4] visual arts
2007 Robert Turner[5] music
2008 Roland Mahé[6] theatre
2009 William Eakin (artist)[7] visual arts
2012 J. Roger Léveillé[8] literary arts
2014 Robert Archambeau[9] visual arts
2016 Diana Thorneycroft[10] visual arts


  1. ^ "Manitoba Arts Council: Focus Forward, Strategic Plan 2012-2016". Government of Manitoba. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Manitoba Arts Council". Archives of Manitoba. Government of Manitoba. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Past Recipients". Manitoba Arts Council. Government of Manitoba. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Southern Manitoba Woman Picks Up 2 Significant Awards". Steinbach Online. Golden West Broadcasting. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  5. ^ Walker, Morley (1 March 2008). "Composer Turner named artist of distinction". Winnipeg Free Press.
  6. ^ Walker, Morley (6 February 2009). "Cercle Molière boss wins prestigious arts council prize". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  7. ^ Fuller, Simon. "He's an artist of real distinction". Canstar Community News: The Lance. Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Writer Roger Léveillé honoured with Manitoba Arts Council Award of Distinction". CBC Manitoba. CBC Radio Canada. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Robert Archambeau has been awarded the Manitoba Arts Council's Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction". Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg Art Gallery. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  10. ^ "An Interview with Diana Thorneycroft". National Gallery of Canada Magazine. National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 26 July 2016.

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