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This is a poster advertising a granting program run by AANM with funding from the Manitoba Arts Council. Below the main image, in groovy red 60’s font we read: “AANM GRANTS.” The details of the Call to Artists are written in white bubble font on black: Four Grants of $2000 each. Apply by April 30, 2024. Call for Deaf and Disabled artists! Check our website for more information. Below is the MAC logo and artwork credit (Jude Palace.) The artwork is a digital drawing with a background that is bright red punctuated by yellow/orange starbursts and brightly coloured shapes, some snake-like and organic, others angular. Two twin-like figures are front and centre, wearing white sweaters patterned with red hearts. One, sporting an exposed brain, grasps the other’s head by hair and chin as if to violently wrench it off. The victim wears the sad, bored expression of defeat. Medical insignia, paper airplanes, and a melty clock hover around the scene.

AANM Arts Grant 

Deadline: April 30, 2024 *(3-day extensions are available by request) 

Amount: 4 grants of $2,000

Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba, with funding from the Manitoba Arts Council to award four grants of $2000 each for d/Deaf and/or disabled artists in Manitoba. 

AANM Arts Grants are awarded to emerging or professional artists from the d/Deaf and disability community to support: the creation of new works, professional development, purchases for arts related equipment, mobility aids to assist with art creation or presentation, framing artwork, artist fees to dedicate time to your practice, studio rental fees, website improvements and anything else that will help you to achieve your artistic goals!

These grants are intended to help artists who are d/Deaf and/or disabled with financial support to create and improve their artistic practice. Adjudication will be based on your proposal for creation (what you want to make and what you need to make it) and/or your professional development plan (what you want to do to move your practice forward). AANM is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To that end, we ask for culturally diverse, Indigenous, LGBT2Q*, rural and northern self-identification if you choose. Applications are confidential, reviewed by staff and jury members.

We accept proposals from artists in all disciplines at all levels of their careers.


All applicants must be:

  • Emerging or professional artist who is d/Deaf and/or disabled
  • Resident of Manitoba

How to Apply:

To apply each applicant must submit:

  • Up-to-date artistic CV (2-page max.)
  • Artist Bio (500 words max.)
  • Project description (750 words max.): Consider the following questions, if applicable:
    • What are you planning to do?
    • What so you hope to achieve?
    • Why is this project important?
    • What will be the impact on your arts practice?
    • What is your ability to undertake this project?
  • FIVE examples of your work, past work indicative of your style, and/or finished pieces you propose to show. 

File Types allowed:

  • Video/audio submissions cannot exceed a maximum of 6 minutes total per artist. You can submit one 6 min piece or 3 shorter pieces that add up to 6mins. YouTube links, mp3 and mov accepted. 500MB max
  • Images: jpeg, jpg, png and PDFs. Max 500MB
  • Text: pdf or word. 5 pages total

Applications can be sent to

If you need any assistance with your application or would like feedback ahead of time about your proposal contact Jenel Shaw at or (204) 336-2366 by April 26, 2024.


If you are awarded a grant through AANM you will need to provide the following at the end of your project:

  • Final report: Please provide a final report of how your project went, how the money was spent, any outcomes and other information you would like AANM to know. Minimum of 200 words, maximum 1 page.
  • Photos, text or videos. If applicable for your project, please send in any images, text or videos that support your final report

ASL Version of Call to Artists

This is am abstract image. There are colours (yellow, blue, purple) that are mixing together and looks slightly organic

Everything Analogue

In Partnership with Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba (AANM) Everything Analogue will be a series of film workshops planned and delivered by Heidi Phillips along with the technical support of Kristiane Church.  We will focus our instruction on the following topics yet will customize our support according to the ideas and methods the artist chooses to pursue.

During this workshop series we will cover all aspects of experimental filmmaking on film including: shooting, processing, tips, tricks and inspiration!  We will be using photo chemicals in a ventilated darkroom.

For this program we will run 6 sessions over the course of 6 months.  This will allow for time to learn the processes and develop an individual project.  These sessions will be held in the Artspace building in the Winnipeg Film Group studio and the Platform darkrooms which are accessible.  

Click Link for more information.

ASL Version of call and application form

33rd Annual Arts West Artists’ Retreat 2024

June 16 – 21st, 2024
Riding Mountain Conference Centre

(Camp Wannakumbac)

Clear Lake, MB 

PRINTMAKING | Heather Martens Rempel has
taught junior high and high school art for over 18 years. While enjoying creating and teaching in many mediums, printmaking is her favourite. Heather has found the gel-plate to be the most accessible medium for mono-printing students of all ages and abilities. 

OIL/ACRYLIC | Jan Layh is a self-taught artist
having learned her skill through years of practice and experience. The Prairie landscape has always been an inspiration for Jan. The changing seasons, the grandeur of prairie vistas, and the often subtle colours of the prairies continually challenge her work. Although a landscape artist, she is continually challenging her work by attempting portraiture, mosaic work and mixed media. She paints in watercolour, oil and acrylic.  

DRAWING | Ben Davis has exhibited widely, and since moving to Canada, has taught at Brandon University while also being actively involved in community arts education. Working across a diverse range of media and approaches, often collaboratively, to explore land and meaning through lenses of social justice, eco-aesthetics, and postcolonial theory.

WATERMEDIA | David Cooper is a Winnipeg-based artist whose primary media are watercolour, acrylic, and mixed media. He has been painting for over 30 years, and for the last fifteen years has been teaching young and old through workshops and ten week class formats at the Forum Art Centre. His paintings can be found in corporate collections throughout Canada and in many private collections as far as Australia, Japan, and Europe. David’s constant search for self expression and his love for the prairies and the human figure are reflected in his watercolour, acrylic, and collage paintings.

This five-day event will provide participants with an opportunity to concentrate on developing their artistic skills and goals under the supervision of experienced professional instructors.
All courses are 6 hours a day for the aforementioned five days.

Register soon to reserve your spot!

The Retreat is open to 40 participants. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes which have reached their maximum will be updated to reflect such on this form as soon as possible. Spots are reserved with a $100 nonrefundable deposit. Registrants may not switch classes after they have begun. Because of the retreat setting and focus, we ask that registrants do not bring non-participating guests or pets.

Accommodations: {Dormitory Style} Centralized bathroom facilities. Metal bunks with mattresses. (Beds are springy, so you may wish to bring a board or cot.) Registrants must bring their own bedding, pillows, towels, etc. RVs, trailers and campers can be accommodated with plug-ins.

Meals: The camp fee which includes home-style standard or plant-based meals. There is also a gluten-free friendly meal option available for a $50 surcharge payable directly to the camp. Dietary accommodation must be arranged with the RMCC (Riding Mountain Conference Centre) at least two weeks before camp. (Registrants are welcome to supplement meals with groceries from home. There is a fridge & microwave is available.)


Printmaking with Hearther Martens Rempel

Oil/Acrylic with Jan Layh

Drawing with Ben Davis

Watermedia with David Cooper

Check-in & Set Up: Sunday, June 16th after 6pm (evening snack supplied)

Classes: Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm (Friday am or pm crit.)

Check-out: Friday, June 21st – 4pm

Evening Programs: Sunday night, a “meet and greet” will be held in the dining hall. Several optional evening programs are scheduled throughout the week.

For more information, contact retreat coordinator:
Serena Lindbloom (1-204) 295-4074 text or call, or email

or see Facebook event page @ Arts West Artist Retreat

Online Registration Available at

Registration fee is $700*.

(covers accommodation, standard/plant-based meals, instruction & gst)

Make cheque or money order to: Arts West Council Inc.
Send to: 33 Eagle Way, Brandon, MB R7C 1C6

Or pay with Interac e-Transfer to:

**Non-refundable deposit of $100 must accompany registration form to reserve a spot. Balance is due on: May 1, 2024.

Brochure image descriptions are as follows:

(First Page) 

Front of the brochure features a scenic sunset over Camp Wannakumbac, with a painterly stroke behind the `33rd Annual Arts West Council’s Artists’ Retreat`. Towards the bottom of the image is a photograph of Riding Mountain Conference Center with an Artists Retreat abstract artwork featured prominently.

On the far left of the page a photograph features an  Artists Retreat attendee applying ink to their printmaking piece, surrounded by related supplies within a wood cabin.

Beneath this image lower on the left side is another photograph featuring past Artists Retreat attendees drawing in a circle of a larger wood cabin with plenty of natural light.

(Second Page)

On the top left of the page, a photograph featuring a collection of postcard sized art pieces which include a variety of subjects from abstracts to realism, and landscapes to portraits. All skill levels and styles are represented.

Beneath this, is a secondary photograph featuring eight past Artists Retreat attendees before a collaborative piece laid out on the ground before them as they smile up at the camera. 

Directly to the right of this image is two additional photographs with the one on top featuring the same cabin as the drawing class from the previous page, this time set up to showcase a table displaying floral artworks and acrylic mediums with the class ongoing behind. Below this image is a photograph of Camp Wannakumbac’s cabins on a vibrant sunny day with `Featuring:

Printmaking with Hearther Martens Rempel

Oil/Acrylic with Jan Layh

Drawing with Ben Davis

Watermedia with David Cooper` listed over the clear blue sky.

On the far right is an indicator of where to cut out the Registration form for mailing purposes.


This is a poster for the event. It is a faded photograph of two people throwing leaves in the air smiling.
The following text is visible "Devising Dance & Text: a workshop with Emily Solstice Tait & Tanner Manson, How to Start & Sustain a Process for Dance & Theatre Creation

Who: Young Lungs Dance Exchange

What: Workshop: Devising Dance & Text: How to Start and Sustain a process for Dance & Theatre Creation by Emily Solstice Tait & Tanner Manson

Where: Théâtre Cercle Molière

When: March 10, March 17 2024 11:00am-3:00pm

Price: Sliding Scale $5-$50

*ASL Interpretation at every event. Physically accessible venues with gender inclusive washrooms.

About Workshop:




In this workshop, we will explore writing as a way to document, artistically archive, and inspire dance & movement. Participants will be guided through both writing and dance/movement exercises that will intersect with each other. Emily & Tanner will be using tools from devising, contemporary dance, physical theatre and musical theatre practices as participants spend 2 days exploring theatrical collage and emotional narrative as a throughline in work. This duo hopes to grow your artistic toolkit; providing & reminding participants of different tools / resources / artistic pathways we can utilize at all points during a dance or theatre creation process. 

Throughout the workshop, we will reference & use examples of text and choreography from Walk&Talk Theatre’s past productions of “The Last Garden” and upcoming work “End of the Line” (Premiering May 2024 with Theatre Projects Manitoba).

We encourage participants to come to both weekend sessions, but each workshop CAN be standalone. All participants will be encouraged to both write & dance during both sessions.

About Tanner Manson:

Tanner Manson (He/Him) is an ever-curious queer artist specializing in devised performance creation, physical theatre & playwriting. His work explores big questions about our tiny world, often dancing around philosophical quandaries and love, in all its forms. He is passionate about nurturing relationships & long term collaboration while creating new & exciting work. Tanner has created work that popped up in outdoor spaces in the Interlake region of Manitoba with Theatre Projects Manitoba, in a solo clown show that popped in the front yards of city-dwelling households with One Trunk Theatre, and has danced with constellations of dancers in local parks with Weather Parade Dance Theatre. He is co-founder of Walk&Talk Theatre Company where he produces, performs & choreographs original musicals and is currently in the midst of their inaugural season featuring the WORLD PREMIER of THREE ensemble-driven musicals including END OF THE LINE, a co-pro with Theatre Projects Manitoba where he will be choreographing AND performing!

About Emily Solstice Tait:

Emily’s Solstice Tait’s practice is rooted in contemporary dance but happily crosses into theatre, stage management and film. She is of mixed settler and Ojibway ancestry (Urban member of Berens River First Nation). Her dances have been performed at The Manitoba Museum, The Forks National Historic Site, and along the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Select performances include The War Being Waged (Prairie Theatre Exchange), The Secret to Good Tea (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Actualize (Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers), cišєt (Cameron Fraser-Monroe), Confluence (Raven Spirit Dance), The___ Place video with CBC Arts, and all these things collide inside of me (Good Women Dance Collective/ Jessica McMann).

This is a photograph of a 10 people standing in a circle in a blank room

Who: Young Lungs Dance Exchange / Drop-in Dance Winnipeg

What: Outreach Event: Movement Lab with Zorya Arrow

Where: Drop-in Dance Winnipeg – 1381 Portage Avenue

When: February 12, March 11, April 15 10:00am – 1:00pm

Price: FREE

*ASL Interpretation at every event. Physically accessible venues with gender inclusive washrooms.

About Outreach Event:

How wonderful it is to do what we do in community with others! These sessions are an opportunity to cultivate curiosity in our individual practices by exchanging with other movement based artists working in Winnipeg. These monthly sessions are designed as a flexible work/play room for you as a mover/dancer to explore your ideas, present scores or frameworks to play with as a group, share a movement technique you’ve learned, share a work-in-progress for feedback, engage in a dialogue and connect as a community in a casual and practical setting. Each session will be guided by the curiosities brought forth that day by participating artists.

These sessions will be facilitated by Zorya Arrow, who will shepard the sessions towards the following structure:

10-10:15 Solo warm up and chat

10:15-10:30 Share what you are interested in and make a plan for the session

10:30-11:30 Experiment/share/do/teach/learn together

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:45 Experiment/share/do/teach/learn together

12:45-1pm Wind down/cool down/chat

About Zorya Arrow:

Zorya Arrow is an artist of European ancestry, working and living as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, actor, director, filmmaker, advocate, social dancer, clown, and storyteller. She is passionate about working in experimental and trans-disciplinary contexts which include elements of collaboration and equitable access. An example of this is her choreographic work with a mixed ability cast in Antigone with Sick + Twisted Theatre, AA Battery, and The Mariachi Ghost. This summer, she received “Best Performance” at the Gimli International Film Festival for her acting role in the feature film, Arutinae, by local filmmaker Erin Buelow. Zorya is a movement instructor for the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film, and holds an honours degree in Dance from the University of Winnipeg, in affiliation with The School of Contemporary Dancers Senior Professional Program.

To learn more visit:

Open Calls

Dr Mandy Archibald, interdisciplinary artist and health researcher at the University of Manitoba, is seeking artists to participate in a new international book on Arts Based Health Research. 

There are 2 opportunities associated with this call. She is looking for: 

  1. Artists to submit an existing visual artwork specific to health or a health-related concept (e.g., wellness, illness, disability, experiences, inclusion, pain, et cetera), health care or health services. Candidate images can be submitted to Dr. Archibald in TIFF or JPEG format (300 dpi minimum with proportional width of 100 mm/4 inches). Include a brief description (maximum 50 words) of the context for the work and how it relates to health. If selected, the work will be published in the textbook with the artist credit. 
  2. This is an unpaid opportunity, but selected artwork will be published internationally & the artist appropriately credited.
  3. Submission date: Feb 29, 2024, 5pm 
  • Artists to create visual art works (of any form) in response to concepts and content from the arts in health book. Artistic responses will provide a new interpretation of / alternative representation of the book concepts or content but needn’t be literal in their interpretation. Successful artists will be provided with concepts and material to work from; Dr. Archibald will be available to provide additional guidance as needed. To apply to this paid opportunity, submit a sample of your work (3-4 images) and a 100-word max. summary of your interest in this opportunity. Successful applicants will be notified, and collaborative work will commence in March 2024. 
  • This is a paid opportunity, with a $300-500 baseline compensation per image generated (negotiable) for selected artists.
  • Artwork will be published in the resultant international book and the artist appropriately credited. 
  • Submission date: Feb 29, 2024, 5pm 

Please submit your questions and entries to with subject line: AANM artist response by Feb 29, 2024 at 5pm.

Manitoba Possible is inviting submissions for our thought leadership initiative, Explore Possible. The blog, featured on the Manitoba Possible website, aims to amplify lived experience, stories, and perspectives from people with disabilities. This is paid opportunity and no prior writing experience is necessary.

All the details on pitching a blog post can be found on our website:

Past Calls

Image Description: This is a poster advertising Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba’s CALL TO ARTISTS. At the top of the poster is an image of Winnipeg’s cityscape at night, with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in the foreground. Long-exposure photography makes the city streets glow in amber and gold from the headlights of traffic. On a banner of white, red font proclaims “CALL TO ARTISTS with disabilities.” Below, in plain black text, are bullet points of information: • perform/show work at Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg during CRIP STRENGTH: ART + BODY + MIND festival Oct 29/22 • we pay $367 CARFAC fees • apply by Aug 26/22 • or 204-336-2366 for more info At the bottom of the poster are logos for The Thomas Sill Foundation Inc, AAANM, and Canada Council for the Arts.


Crip Strength: Art + Body + Mind is a one-day event held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). Crip Strength will also be presented virtually to reach artists who may not be able to travel to attend in-person. There will be a juried exhibition of visual art, dance, theater, musical, literary performances and readings.

Crip Strength will explore the concept of what is “normal” when it comes to disability. Through art, many artists who are Deaf and/or disabled are questioning assumptions of normality in how the mind and body perform. Deaf and/or disabled artists have much to share and teach the larger art community about access, creative problem solving and adaptation. These concepts have long been necessary for Deaf and/or disabled artists to participate in the larger arts community and have become even more relevant to the larger society as we live through a pandemic that requires us to self-isolate and find creative solutions to reach one another through alternative means.


Crip Strength will occur at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on October 29th from 1pm-3pm, and will include juried performances and art exhibition. The exhibition will be on display for one day at the CMHR during Crip Strength and will then be exhibited at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) until December 2, 2022.  The exhibition theme is “Creative Accessibility.”  Interpret this theme however you choose; it could include art about your personal experience as a d/Deaf or disabled person, art about society, art about art, etc.

Chosen visual artists may include two pieces of artwork in the exhibition. Performance artists (comedians, actors, musicians, poets, etc.): please note the run time of your performance and list any needed equipment.

Artists who are not from Winnipeg will be responsible for any shipping/insurance/travel costs etc. associated with showing their work. If you are selected, AANM can assist you if you decide to apply for grants to offset your costs.

If selected you will receive full carfac fees of $367 for your participation.

Deadline to apply: August 26, 2022 5pm

Submissions should include:

1) Artist CV

2) Written statement explaining how your artwork or performance reflects the theme of Creative AccessAbility. For performers, please include run time and needed equipment. (300 words Max.)

3) Samples of your work, chose one of the following:

Up to 3 digital images, Max image size 200MB, JPEG format only


Up to 5 pages of text


Up to 3 minutes of audio or video, YouTube format only

Send your submission to

If you need assistance with your submission you can contact Jenel Shaw at or 204-336-2366.

Applicants must be Canadian and self-identify as disabled.  AANM is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  To that end, we ask for Deaf and disability, culturally diverse, Indigenous, LGBT2Q*, rural and northern self-identification in your application if you choose.  Applications are confidential, reviewed by staff and jury members.

Artists must be AANM members to show with us.  Free and sliding-scale memberships are available to those facing financial barriers.  View membership options and renew memberships here

The background of this poster appears to be graph paper, with fold creases slightly visible. In the top right corner, in large purple text with lilac shadows, it says “CALL TO CANADIAN ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES”. Bullet points below, in small black font, read “online solo show”, “$423 CARFAC FEE”, and “ for more info.” Below a stylized turquoise and pink image of three oranges in the upper left corner are the words “DANCE, MUSIC, FILM, VISUAL ART, WRITING, ETC.” in black text. Below that is a stylized image of a pot of honey in yellow and turquoise. In larger bold black print in the left bottom corner is “DEADLINE FEB 18, 2022”. Below that are the small logos of Canada Council for the Arts and Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba. In the bottom right corner is a stylized turquoise and hot pink image of a bottle of chili sauce.

Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba, with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, mounts monthly online solo exhibitions to showcase the work of Canadian artists with disabilities.

Emerging and established artists of all disciplines (dance, film, visual art, comedy, music, etc.) are welcome to apply.

Selected artists will receive $423 CARFAC artist fees, and limited assistance with documentation/presentation of work if necessary.

Submission deadline is February 18, 2022.  Only selected artists will receive notification.

To apply, send the following to

  • A brief proposal (200 word max) describing your medium, the ideas you will be exploring in your show, and why you feel your concept is important.
  • THREE small examples of your work (past work indicative of your style, and/or finished pieces you propose to show).


  • Video/audio submissions cannot exceed a maximum of 6 minutes total per artist. You can submit one 6min piece or 3 shorter pieces that add up to 6mins. Format must be YouTube video.
  • Images: maximum file size is 200MB. Format must be jpeg.

Applicants must be Canadian and self-identify as disabled.  AANM is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  To that end, we ask for Deaf and disability, culturally diverse, Indigenous, LGBT2Q*, rural and northern self-identification in your application if you choose.  Applications are confidential, reviewed by staff and jury members.

Feel free to contact us at or 204-336-2366 with any questions.

Artists must be AANM members to show with us.  Free and sliding-scale memberships are available to those facing financial barriers.  View membership options and renew memberships here

Looking For More Opportunities?

For job postings, calls for submissions, and events happening in Winnipeg, go to the Winnipeg Arts Council e-billboard

For information on workshops, seminars, job postings, event listings visit Creative Manitoba

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